Category Archives: Kreykes

Dutch after all: testing Mom …

It was a quite straightforward message from Ancestry: “S. Hendrickson is your Mother.” It was not unexpected — because she is my mother — but it’s still beyond me how they knew. Confidence level? Extremely High. It’s been only a … Continue reading

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Letters to the Netherlands: May we be childlike and humble …

Not long ago, I learned a saying: “One Dutchman, a theologian. Two Dutchmen, a church. Three Dutchmen, a schism.” There is truth in this. Our great-great grandfather, Jan Willem, migrated to America from the Netherlands with his wife and children in 1889. … Continue reading

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Missing Grandma …

March 20 was the birthday of my late Grandma Kreykes, who was born back in 1910. I miss her very much. I have strong memories of  my grandmother and think of her often. That’s Grandma in  the middle of the … Continue reading

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Letters to the Netherlands: Before the throne of grace …

In a previous excerpt from our 2nd great-grandfather’s letters from his new home in Iowa, he spoke of his distress over the illness of his adult daughter, who had remained in the Netherlands. He would later learn that she did … Continue reading

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Letters to the Netherlands: It broke our hearts to hear …

When our 2nd great-grandparents came to America from the Netherlands, they were following their eldest son to northwest Iowa and brought with them their three youngest children, two girls and a boy, including our great-grandfather.  An adult daughter and her … Continue reading

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In the news … Iowa summers

When I was a kid visiting my grandparents during the summer in Orange City, Iowa, items in the local newspaper told of who in the community was traveling, entertaining, visiting, and celebrating special occasions. Now I find in old newspaper … Continue reading

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What’s in a name … Kreykes, for example

The family name of Kreykes, from which I am one generation removed, is in some ways a mystery. We know that it was brought to Iowa in the 19th century by a family from Rijssen, the Netherlands. Apparently all recorded … 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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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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