Wednesday, December 23, 2009

New Year's Resolutions

I have a few resolutions for this year. Some of them are very blog oriented at first glance, but really, they just help my research stay on track.

Get through with inputting all family info that I currently have in documents in my genealogy program.
I still have two whole boxes of documents to go through, and they include (among others) newspaper articles, old passports, and my babybook.

Finish identifying and scanning all family pictures I have
One huge box of pictures still await my attention. I do not believe there are any more pictures in there from my father’s side of the family, so I’ll just have to ‘pester’ my mother for a few evenings to get them all identified.

Develop research plans for the next phase of research,
which is generation II (my parents), generation III (my grandparents) and generation IV (my great-grandparents
These are the generations I want to focus on this year. That gives me 14 people to research, although some of them have been researched by someone else before. Still, I would like to check his work with my own eyes, and see if I couldn’t possibly find something more.

Make a success of this blog by posting interesting post on Dutch or local history, my own research and family.
My own research (in the form of research log posts) and my own family (in the form of anecdotes, biographies and one of my planned series) will get a lot of attention. However, I’ve already discovered that Dutch history in general, and local history in specific are two very important parts of genealogy. These things might not give direct information on my ancestors, but they show something of the lives of my ancestors. I hope to convey this in these posts.

Get started on my two planned series
I’m planning two series that kind of fit together. One is a series about Dutch genealogy sources, how they work, what information they give. It’s meant as a research guide for people researching their ancestors in the Netherlands, and researching this will help me too, as I’m just beginning and haven’t really used these sources before.
A series that ties in with this is that I plan to show the information I have on my grandparents and great-grandparents, and discuss it. I’ve seen a lot of these posts on several of the blogs I read, and I find them not only interesting, but also helpful. I might not have the same records before me, but the method for reading them is still the same. This series will also be the practical examples of the series I mentioned before.

Post my own memories
I want to do this so others may know more about my and future generations have something more about me than I have about the generations before me. I plan to write one memory (not necessarily chronologically) a week and when I’ve ‘caught up’ I plan to print them all out and file them chronologically. (Might make a good memoir when I’m old ;) ) Of course, I’ll still keep writing my memories, but at least I’ll have some of them on file already. I’m most likely going to do this by topic (like school, holidays, etc).

This post was written for the 87th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Research Log

Things I did last week:

Ordered copies of records from Alida Petronella Wesselo and Barend Cornelis Bolle from the Regionaal Archief Leiden:

Birth record of Alida Petronella Wesselo

Marriage record of Alida Petronella Wesselo with Barend Cornelis Bolle

Death record of Barend Cornelis Bolle; son of Alida Petronella Wesselo and Barend Cornelis Bolle

Death record of Hendrik Bolle; son of Alida Petronella Wesselo and Barend Cornelis Bolle

Death records of Alida Petronella Wesselo and Barend Cornelis Bolle are not public yet. Birth record of Barend Cornelis Bolle has to be sought in the Regionaal Archief Zutphen where the records from Zutphen are, as he was born there and these records are not with the Regionaal Archief Leiden. They don’t have on-line access, which means I’ll have to go there.

Things that got added to my to-do list:

Go to the Regionaal Archief Zutphen to find Barend Cornelis’ Birth records and perhaps more information about him.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

December Birthday of a Special Woman

When it's a busy holiday season, you're not always happy when there's another party, whether it's because of an anniversary or a holiday. I'm no different. So, yes, there was always a bit of grumbling about my grandmother's birthday, which was smack dab in the middle of the holiday season on 15 December. But, I always went, and I always had fun.

My grandmother and I always had a connection. We were interested in a lot of the same things and we could, and did, talk for hours. The simple scrap page below is a tribute to a wonderful woman, whom I was most fortunate to know.

Henriƫtte Geertruida Lamboo 15 December 1913 - 27 December 2004

My grandmother passed away five years ago, on 27 December. Her birthday was the last time I saw her alive, and I'm very glad I got to see her for the last time, surrounded by almost all of her family, happy and cheerful.

This post was written for the 86th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

If wishes could come true...

Dear Genea-Santa,

I think I've been a real good girl this year. I finally started some serious research, doing it real organised and everything! I even got out of the house (sorta) and went with sources not found on the internet. I also started my blog this year. So I really think I deserve some of the things on the list, because it would help me so much! So here are my wishes for next year:

1. Information about my look-a-like and great-grandmother Sophia Zbieszczyk

2. More information and perhaps even pictures about the childhood of my grandfather Klaas Mulder (11 Oktober 1927 - 23 April 2003)

3. The money from somewhere to pay for a membership to the NGV, a genealogy society here, with regional departments

4. More time, lots and lots of time

I hope you can give me at least some of this, but if you have to choose, please go with time first.

Thank you Genea-Santa!

This post was written for the 86th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy.

Surname Saturday: Mulder

Mulder is my own surname, but also that of my father, my grandfather Klaas Mulder (11 Oktober 1927 – 23 April 2003) and his father ? Mulder. Those are the only ones bearing the Mulder surname in my family tree at the moment.

I know precious little about ? Mulder, in fact, I don’t even know what his first name is. All I know about him at the moment is to whom he was married, and that he was in the Koninklijke Marine (the Dutch Royal Navy). I know more about my grandfather Klaas Mulder, but his childhood is still a big gap.

The Mulder surname, however, is a bit easier to discern things about then the people that carry it. Mulder (varients include among others Mulders, Muller and Molenaar) is an occupational name, derived from the word mulder, which is the old-Dutch word for miller (molenaar in Dutch). It causes me to speculate that somewhere in the family tree there might be a miller, who choose/got the surname and it stuck with his descendants. But that’s just speculation for now.

According to the Meertens Institute there were 37.212 people in the Netherlands with the surname Mulder in 2007. That’s a lot of people.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that my particular branch of the family tree will carry on the Mulder surname. I’m an only child, and when I marry, my eventual children will not bear the Mulder surname. I have three male cousins, one has two daughters, so no continuation there. The other two are childless at the moment, so there’s still hope for a male Mulder in the next generation.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Research Log

Things I did last week:

I requested persoonskaarten from the CBG for both of my grandfathers, my grandmother, and my other grandmother's parents. These should give me at least the next generation and a lot of information. I’ll write a post about them soon; and pick them apart once they get here. It takes several weeks, and that’s not counting the Christmas holidays in between. It’s also not a certain case that I’ll get a persoonskaart for everyone I asked it for. If they can’t be found, it’s just bad luck. I’m very curious about them, especially the of my grandfather Klaas Mulder.

I did some searches for my grandfather’s (Adolph Knura) involvement with the local soccer club, and found out that this club has a historian that wrote a book about 100 years of soccer in our village. It also has about 80 unique historical pictures in it, according to a description I found on a site. I requested it from the library and am picking it up later today. I’m hoping to find mention of my grandfather in there, at the least, and I expect I will, as he is named on the clubs site in their brief section about the clubs history. I might also encounter both of my parents, who have been in several positions over the years before I was born, and with a bit of luck I might encounter brothers of both my father and my mother in the book.

Things that got added to my to-do list:

Contact the local soccer club historian about my grandfather and sources he used, after reading the book.

The Year 1811, the Genealogical Divider in the Netherlands

When doing genealogical research in the Netherlands, it becomes apparent pretty soon that the year 1811 is an important one. In (or around) that year, a lot of the sources we as genealogist use changed. Primary sources became centralized, because of the French occupation of the Netherlands by Napoleon. But the French occupation had its influence on other sources as well, albeit sometimes indirectly. An example is the fact that around the year 1811 notarial records become available, because for the first time this profession is seen in the Netherlands.

In light of this, it’s very important to know if you are researching before or after the year 1811. I plan on doing a series here about genealogical sources in the Netherlands, and there you’ll see the division come through quite clearly. For now, it’s just something to take note of.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Carnival of Genealogy: 85th Edition

The 85th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy has been up for a few days already, but this is the first time I've been able to sit down and actually read the entries, instead of skimming a few. There were a lot of good entries, but a few stood out to me.

Greta's entry 'The Two Preston Moores' caught my attention, because it shows so beautifully how to deal with records, especially records that tell you different things about the same person.

footnoteMaven's post 'An Orphanage' about her unidentified pictures had me nodding my head in agreement, thinking of the stack of unidentified pictures I still have lying around.

Liza's post 'Spinsters and bachelors, not just lifeless limbs in our family trees' was an eyeopener. As so many genealogists, I too have this compulsion to go one more generation backwards. In persuing this goal, it's so easy to forget the ancestors who are not in your direct line. This article reminded me of why I shouldn't forget.

Jen's post 'Lee Rutters, how do you connect?' showed in a very clear way how to connect all the puzzle pieces until an image arises, even though the image might not be complete yet.

What were your favorite COG posts this time?

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Sinterklaas - A Dutch Holiday Tradition

All right, I admit it, the Netherlands isn't the only country which celebrates Sinterklaas, but still, the two are inseparable. When the Dutch people were asked to name something truly Dutch a few years ago, Sinterklaas ended very high up in the list.

Sinterklaas actually starts sometime around mid-November, when he arrives from Spain by a steamboat called Pakjesboot 12. He always arrives on a Saturday, or to be more exact, the first Saturday after Saint Martin's day.

Arrival of Sinterklaas

From the day he arrives onwards, children can put their shoe by the fireplace, chimney, or if you have neither, anywhere in the house will do. You sing some Sinterklaas songs, sometimes leave a carrot or some sugar cubes for Amigo, the horse of Sinterklaas. Then you go to bed, and the next morning a small present will be in your shoe.

My birthday is on December 1st, and back when I was still a kid, I always got to put my shoe in front of the fireplace on my birthday, up until Sinterklaas evening. Usually there was something edible in it the next morning.


The real feast is on Sinterklaas evening, the evening of December 5. Sinterklaas brings presents to everyone on that evening. It's all very exciting for a child! When there's nobody in the family that really believes in Sinterklaas anymore, it usually becomes a Secret Santa kind of thing, with names being drawn. You only buy presents for one person, and it's often accompanied by a poem about the person (or if you're desperate about the present).

After Sinterklaas has brought everyone their presents, he leaves again for Spain, not to be seen or heard from until the next year.

For more about Sinterklaas, read this article on Wikipedia, which is also where I got the pictures from. All pictures were free to use in the public domain under the Wikipedia Commons.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Research Log

Things I did last week:

I went through a stack of documents and papers, inputted the data in my genealogy program, and scanned the sensitive documents to reduce handling.

I identified a large stack of photo's and scanned all of them.

I made some progress in finding out more about my grandfather's past, due to talking to my uncle, who is, by the way, much better at remembering places and approximate dates than my father. He even pointed me in the direction of some documents that should be in my grandmother's possesion.

Things that got added to my to do list the past week:

Talk to my grandmother about the documents and get my great-aunt's phone number from her.

Call my great-aunt to ask her some questions about my grandfather's and her childhood.

Request persoonskaarten from the CBG for both of my grandfathers, my grandmother, and my other grandmother's parents. These should give me at least the next generation and a lot of information.