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

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...]

Debbink, Hendrik Jan and Berendina Dunnewold

Hendrik Jan Debbink and Berendina Dunnewold were a part of the second emigration wave to hit Winterswijk in the 1860s. They emigrated when he was already¬†69 years old, together with their family of four children. They joined Berendina Dunnewold's brother, Jan Willem Dunnewold, who was a minister in Sheboygan County, WI. … [Read more...]

Haartman, Evert and Janna Berendina Beskers

Evert Haartman was one of the pioneers who settled in Sheboygan County. He came to the country as a young man and later married a wife who had come straight from Holland. … [Read more...]

Clymer, NY

Clymer is a predominantly Dutch village in the western part of New York State. Because it was relatively close to New York City, it became a popular destination for Dutch emigrants in the nineteenth century. Most of the early settlers came from the eastern part of Gelderland. … [Read more...]

Einink, Jan Willem and Gesina Johanna te Brinke

Jan Willem Einink and Gesina Johanna te Brinke were born in Winterswijk. Together with their family, they emigrated to the United States. At the end of his life, Jan Willem Einink wrote an autobiography that gives us a unique view of his life and his struggles with the church, which led him to secede on more than one occasion. This article is … [Read more...]

Dunnewold, Jan Willem

Jan Willem Dunnewold was one of the first ministers in Clymer, NY. He was an emigrant from Winterswijk who had never dreamt that his dream of becoming a preacher would one day come true. He later accepted a summons from Gibbsville in Wisconsin, another community with many Dutch settlers. … [Read more...]