Monthly Archives: June 2012

Discovering Hendrick

It’s hard to say just why, but I’m fascinated to start learning more about the man from whom the Hendrickson family derived its name. I’ve always known that Hendrickson means “son of Hendrick,” but it was just a vague historical … Continue reading

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Letters to the Netherlands: The waves rise mountain high …

My great-great grandfather arrived in America from the Netherlands in 1889 with his wife and three children, including my great-grandfather. In his letters from Iowa to family and friends back in the Netherlands, he seemed uncertain whether he would be able … Continue reading

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Grandfathers I loved

I’d like to celebrate both fathers and grandfathers this Father’s Day weekend. I was blessed with two amazing grandfathers whom I dearly loved and truly miss. My maternal grandfather is on the left, while my paternal grandfather is on the right, … Continue reading

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Locating Dutch ancestors

All of my mother’s known ancestors came from the Netherlands and she grew up in a community of predominantly Dutch ancestry, so I’ve always known quite a bit about this part of my heritage. Strands of mystery remained, though, regarding a … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Dad …

Today my precious father turns 82 years old. His journey through life so far has brought him from the prairie towns of Iowa, where he was born, raised, and educated, to the battlefields of Korea, post-war Japan, Native American reservations of … Continue reading

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In the news … visiting the Kreykes home

Having recently subscribed to an electronic archive of old newspapers, I’m finding several news items to be compelling for family history research. Brief notices in small-town Iowa newspapers about who is visiting from out of town, who is traveling, and … Continue reading

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They came from Øyer

I still have a lot to learn about geographical references in Norway, but I’ll give this a whirl. It seems some of our ancestors came from Øyer, in the state (or county) of Oppland, about 94 miles north of Oslo and … Continue reading

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