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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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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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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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Letters to the Netherlands: All is well with us in America

One of the more wonderful discoveries in my family history research has been a collection of turn-of-the-century letters written by my maternal great-great grandfather from Iowa to some of his family and friends who remained in the Netherlands. His letters are … Continue reading

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