Category Archives: Vander Maaten

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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(Relatively) Wordless Wednesday

Pipe organ (“pijp orgel” in Dutch) built by H. Vander Maten and sons in Sioux County, Iowa 1900 – 1903

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Ancestors making music

I’d preceded my visit to Sioux County, Iowa, with a few phone calls to locals in hopes of finding a handmade pipe organ said to have been built by a Vander Maten ancestor who immigrated from the Netherlands. Armed with … Continue reading

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