Category Archives: NETHERLANDS

These are posts related to ancestors who immigrated to the United States from the Netherlands.

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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Learning their language

Having recently decided to study Dutch, one of the languages of my ancestors, I have to wonder what took me so long. I’m enjoying it thoroughly. I’ve always loved languages. I studied German and a little French in school … dabbled in … 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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They came from Doornspijk

Our great-grandfather Vanden Bosch, who migrated to northwest Iowa in the late 19th century, was by all currently available indications born and raised in the village of Doornspijk. Doornspijk is a Dutch village that in the mid-1970s became a part … Continue reading

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More on locating Dutch ancestors … wie was wie

I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the resources available for Dutch genealogy. I’ve had great success using the popular Genlias site to find Dutch records — mostly ancestral marriage records that have helped confirm the names of ancestors’ parents, as well … 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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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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They came from Rijssen

One nice aspect of researching family history is learning not only about the people who preceded us, but about the places they lived … especially those who migrated to the United States. It’s interesting to contemplate the conditions in their … Continue reading

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