Quick tip – Study the Siblings if you’re Stuck

If you’re stuck and can’t find your ancestor’s parents, try researching the siblings and other relatives.

Here are some suggestions to identify possible siblings:

Once you have identified siblings, you can research them. Perhaps their records will mention their parents.

The children of Gerrit Jan Kastein. Courtesey of Ruth Lindegarde.

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  1. Wow, what a resemblance between all of them. This reminds me of my husband’s maternal ancestor. His name was Venelkassen, changed to Veneklase. When I asked a first cousin what her daughter looked like since we went to the same church and I might have known her, the cousin replied “She looks like a Veneklase”. Over the years I have come to know what this means. One characteristic is the narrow face and almost pointed chin like these people.

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