Worst case of pedigree collapse ever?

Roerdink farm

My father's side of the family comes from a small village in the east of Gelderland called Winterswijk. Because so many of his ancestors came from that place, I am reconstructing its entire population. Doing such a one-place-study has given me a deeper understanding of life in that village and allowed me to make some interesting discoveries and … [Read more...]

Paper ‘from Winterswijk to Wisconsin’

In 2008, I wrote a paper called 'From Winterswijk to Wisconsin' for the Dutch in Wisconsin conference in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. I decided to put the paper online so more people will be able to read it. Download the paperRelated articles: Q&A about the presentationDutch in Wisconsin resources … [Read more...]

Updated database

I've just updated the genealogical database. It now includes about 42,500 people and their families. This includes almost 3,200 emigrants from the eastern part of the Achterhoek who emigrated to the United States in the nineteenth century. This is just the tip of the iceberg and is by no means complete. I did enter all of the Winterswijk emigrants … [Read more...]

Q&A about ‘From Winterswijk to Wisconsin’

I've just finished answering a series of questions by people attending the Dutch in Wisconsin conference. I gave a speech about the emigration from Winterswijk to Wisconsin in the nineteenth century. Here are the questions that I got and the answers I gave. I have expended some of the answers because I was able to do a little research. … [Read more...]

Dutch in Wisconsin resources

On occasion of the conference The Dutch-American Experience in Wisconsin: 1840-present which is taken place today I thought I write a post about some sources that are available for researching your Dutch immigrant ancestors in Wisconsin. www.flickr.com I've also uploaded some resources that are available to me to Flickr to … [Read more...]

Dutch in Wisconsin conference

The Sheboygan County Historical Research Center will be hosting a conference titled, The Dutch-American Experience in Wisconsin: 1840-present, to be held September 25-27, 2008. Experts from the Netherlands and the U.S. will work side-by-side with local historical groups and historians to present a picture of the vibrant Dutch-American culture which … [Read more...]

Dutch genealogy database online

Many of you have been asking me to put the results of my own genealogical research online. I've done just that: almost my entire database is available from the family trees link in the horizontal menu. … [Read more...]

Winterswijk in old postcards

Internet genealogy is not just about names and dates. I like enhancing my family history with background information and illustrations. Much of this information can be found online. But websites like YouTube have added a new source: movies! … [Read more...]

Ancestry.com subscription

Ancestry logo

Last month I did something I didn't think I would ever do: I got a paid subscription to a genealogy site. I always figured there was plenty of information to be found for free, but I decided to give it a go anyway. I got a nice offer from Ancestry.com and now have a subscription on their World Collection. … [Read more...]

Emigration lectures in Winterswijk and Oostburg


Thousands of people from the Achterhoek and Zeeland emigrated to the United States in the nineteenth century. One of the descendants of that emigration wave, Mary Risseeuw, is going back to her roots for a while. She'll be in the Netherlands for a couple of weeks to research her Dutch ancestors together her distant cousin Yvette Hoitink (that would … [Read more...]