Frank Schruis

Horse-and-carriage roadsign, typical for the Clymer areaToday I found out that Frank Schruis passed away last Thursday. As I’m writing this article, he will be burried in Clymer, NY. Frank Schruis was a well-known genealogist whom I met in 1997 when I visited Clymer.

Frank Schruis was a descendant of Jan Hendrik Schreurs and Janna Geertruid Oonk. They were one of many families that emigrated from Winterswijk to Clymer. What made them special is that an account of their lives was written by their son. Because of this, we know a lot more about this family than we usually do.

Just last week, I wrote an article about this couple for this website that includes this account. I thought about Frank Schruis then and wanted to let him know about it. We hadn’t been in touch so I didn’t have his e-mail address. Today I got an e-mail from another distant cousin, Jerry Matthews, informing me of Frank’s death. It’s quite a coincedence that I had just thought about him last week and now he’s gone. I’m sorry we didn’t get a chance to get in touch again and wish his family strength to deal with their loss.

Photograph of landscape with horst-and-carriage roadsign

About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, CG®, QG™ is a professional genealogist in the Netherlands. She holds the Certified Genealogist credential from the Board for Certification of Genealogists and has a post-graduate diploma in Family and Local History from the University of Dundee. She has been doing genealogy for over 30 years and helps people from across the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.


  1. Wiebe Beernink says

    Hey how interesting to read this, Frank is actually far family of mine and he visited my parents in the Netherlands many times. My parents also went to the United States to visit him. Very interesting to read about him and his life! If you know more, I’m very interested to hear about his stories.

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