A Gezina mystery in Amsterdam

In 1883 there are in Amsterdam two death certificates for a Gesina ten Bruggencate. Neither lists the parents, both are listed as widow of Christoffel Ubbink or Upp. The birth dates are different, one was 70 yrs old (whch would make her birth year around 1812-1813), the other 59 yrs …

Aafien Meijering

My great-great-grandmother Aafien Meijering (for whom my grandmother was named, and so for whom I am named) was born the day after Christmas in 1839. Her father was a carpenter, and her mother was a seamstress. She was the seventh child, five boys and one girl before her ( two …

Aunt Sophie

Sophia Lichtenstein (Dutch link) was born on 10 May 1904 in Jülich. She married her first husband Max Baum there on 1 …

The Doggersbank

In 1847 Johan and Thomas ten Bruggencate went from Holland to the US (see a previous post) on the fregat ‘Doggersbank.’ A few …

Another storekeeper in Amsterdam

Family legend had it that great-grandfather Marinus J. Broekman (dutch link) had a fabric store. However, in the database of the Dutch Economic-Historical …

Maps

Maps are a wonderful resource, they help you visualize the surroundings of your ancestors and their journeys. For the Netherlands there are …

Small towns

Almelo, the town my father’s family came from is still a small town, and certainly it was in the 18th and 19th …