Friday, February 26, 2010

End totals Winter 2010 GeneaBloggers Games

Category 1: 30 citations - Gold medal!

Category 2: Whoops, I didn't do anything here. No medals...

Category 3: 2 complete tasks - Zilver medal! (I also partially did two other tasks, which I'm quite pleased with)

Category 4: All five tasks completed - Platinum medal!

Category 5: Completed 5 tasks - Platinum medal!

Category 6: Two tasks completed - Zilver medal!

All in all, I think I accomplished quite a lot, and I'm very happy with everything I did these games!

Daily Stats 2010 GeneaBlogger Winter Games - Tuesday 23th February

Categroy 1: 1 citation
Category 4, task B done.

Totals are in a seperate post today, because it's the last day of the games!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Timeline Henriette Geertruida Lamboo

Here is a timeline of the major events in Henriette Geertruida Lamboo's life. You can scroll through her life, zoom in and out to get a better picture and if you stand over a picture or a fact in the timeline, more information appears.

This timeline was made on and is a visual illustration of the biography of Henriette Geertruida Lamboo, which has much more and much more detailed information.

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy - Challenge #8

This week's challenge: Discover online map collections. Historical maps are wonderful tools for historical research. Fortunately for genealogists, many map collections are located online. Some of the more prominent collections are: the American Memory Collection at the Library of Congress, the David Rumsey Map Collection, and the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas at Austin. Take some time to browse each of these collections. You may also want to check the library web site of your local university (or one near your ancestral home) to see what maps they may have online. If you have a genealogy blog, write about any special maps you find during this activity.

I looked through several map collections. Here's what I found.

David Rumsey Map Collection

Earliest map of the Netherlands 1702, latest is of 1930.

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection

Only one map, 1559-1609 period

Leidse Atlas van Blaeu – Regional Archive Leiden

Maps of around 1650, pretty detailed for the Netherlands, includes lots of places my ancestors lived.

Best find. Site of the Netherlands, maps with additional info, like headcounts, etc. Very detailed. Very good for searching. All kinds of time periods.

I really liked this challenge, because I found the watwaswaar site, which I never would've done without it. It's going to be great fun to look through it when I want to do some additional searches for my ancestors.

Monday, February 22, 2010

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy - Challenge #7

Last week's challenge (because I'm late, again): Play with Google Maps. This is a helpful tool for determining the locations of addresses in your family history. Where your ancestral homestead once stood may now be a warehouse, a parking lot or a field. Perhaps the house is still there. When you input addresses in Google Maps, don’t forget to use the Satellite View and Street View options for perspectives that put you were right there where your ancestors once stood. If you’ve used this tool before, take sometime and play with it again. Push all the buttons, click all the links and devise new ways it can help with your personal genealogy research. If you have a genealogy blog, write about your experiences with Google Maps, or suggest similar easy (and free) tools that have helped in your own research.

I really liked the Google maps option to pinpoint locations. I think it can be a real good illustration for people or families that moved around a lot. Below is a map where I pinpointed the address where my grandparents (Adolph Knura and Henriette Geertruida Lamboo) lived right after they were married.

Grotere kaart weergeven

I also liked the Streetview option, but I think it's important to keep in mind that the pictures are recent. Below is the Streetview picture of the address from the map above, but I know these houses are all new. This wasn't how it looked when my grandparents lived there. Still, it's nice to see.

All in all, I like Google maps, but mostly for the pinpointing feature and not so much the streetview option.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Daily Stats 2010 GeneaBlogger Winter Games - Sunday 21st February

Daily stats:

Category 4 :

Task A complete (pre-posted, will show tomorrow)

task C complete

task E complete

Category 5:

task A, I already had a summary, but changed it since it needed updating. My summary is the about-me piece on my profile

task B again, I already had a post in the COG that came on-line during the Games, but it was posted before the Games. Now I posted a post for the Smile For The Camera festival, but that festival won’t be on-line before the end of the Games

task C, I pre-posted several posts that will show up this week and next week

task F, I participated in challenge 7 and 8, both were pre-posted and will show up this week

Category 6:

task B, I added Bertje Knura’s gravestone to Find A Grave


Category 1: 29 citations
Category 2: nothing
Category 3: task D complete (20 photo’s), task E complete (21 data entries) part of task B (3 digital file), part of task A (12 documents)
Category 4: task A complete, task C complete, task D complete, task E complete
Category 5: task A compete, task B complete, task C complete, task E complete, task F complete
Category 6: task A complete, task B complete

Surnames Wordcloud

I made a wordcloud of all the surnames that are currently in my family tree. It can be seen here. This counts for task E of category 5 of the 2010 Genea Winter Games.

Looking Into the Face of My Great-Grandmother

The picture below is one of the most special ones in my collection. The original is in the possesion of my grandmother, but I have the digital scan of it. On it is my great-grandmother Adriana Versloot, who's the mother of my grandfather Klaas Mulder. The picture is made in the Dutch East-Indies. It is the only picture of Adriana that I know of.

Adriana Versloot has been a mystery woman for a long time. My grandfather never spoke of her to me. In fact, he barely talked about her at all. All I knew was that she died in World War II in a Japanese internment camp, quite horribly if the family stories are true. I also knew she was married to Salomon Mulder, who was a marine and stationed in the Dutch East-Indies before the war broke out. She also had to have been in Den Helder in 1924, as my grandfather was born there that year. My granfather also had an older sister, but I didn't know where she was born.

Now, of course, I am much further in my research then I was when I first saw the photograph. I now know where Adriana was born, where she was married, I can follow her from Den Helder to Rotterdam and back (several times). I know where and when my grandfather's sister was born, I know the family was still in the Netherlands in 1936, so the picture must have been taken after 1936. I also know when and whereAdriana died and where she's buried.

Still, she's very much a mystery lady. I’m currently working on finding out in which camps she was during her internment and if I can find out how she died. I also haven’t found their departure date to the Dutch East-Indies yet. But, I’m still looking and there are many sources I haven’t seen/used yet. Perhaps one day I can look at this picture and feel that I at least know her a bit.

This post was written for the 21st edition of Smile For The Camera.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Daily Stats 2010 GeneaBlogger Winter Games - Monday 15th and Thursday 18th and Saturday 20th February

These stats are from last Monday. I've got the flu right now, so I haven't done anything since Monday and I didn't post those stats yet. I might have enough energy to do a little bit before the deadline Friday, I sure hope so.

Stats from Monday:

18 citations, 19 data entries, 12 documents filed, genea-good-deed (I shared data with another genealogist and supplied him with some missing data; although I admit I received a lot in return.), made a page for my blog on which to house my series: Genealogy in the Netherlands, looked at some articles about research in Germany at FamilySearch.

Stats from Thursday:

The 90th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy was posted and I'm in it. I'm counting that as task B of category 5.

Stats from Saturday:

I commented on all the posts of the COG and although I knew quite a few of the blogs, I also encountered some new ones. So task A of category 6 is complete.

Overall stats:

Category 1: 29 citations
Category 2: nothing
Category 3: task D complete (20 photo’s), task E complete (21 data entries) part of task B (3 digital file), part of task A (12 documents)
Category 4: task D complete
Category 5: task B complete, task E complete
Category 6: task A complete

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Daily Stats 2010 GeneaBlogger Winter Games - Sundat 14th February

The stats for today:

Category 1: 9 citations
Category 3: Task B: 2 digital files & task E: 2 data entries
No things accomplished in the other categories.

My running total in the categories is:

Category 1: 11 citations
Category 2: nothing
Category 3: task D complete (20 photo’s), part of task B (3 digital files) and part of task E (2 data entries)
Category 4: nothing
Category 5: nothing
Category 6: nothing

Looking for Lamboo Part I: The First Step

When making New Year’s genea-resolutions for 2010, I announced my plans for two series. Yesterday I posted the first part of the Genealogy in the Netherlands series and today I am posting the first of my second series: Looking for Lamboo. In this series I will research the Lamboo line and their partners and show you exactly what I am doing and what I find. I hope this will help illustrate some of the sources I will talk about in the Genealogy in the Netherlands series and also show the lives of this branch of my ancestors.

My research in the Lamboo family branch starts with my grandmother Henriëtte Geertruida Lamboo. From personal knowledge I know she was born on 15 December 1913 in Zoeterwoude, Zuid-Holland and died on 27 December 2004 in a hospital in Den Haag, Zuid-Holland. She was married to Adolph Knura, who died on 31 January 1990, and her wedding date was 11 May 1938.

The first step in looking for more information is looking up all available primary sources. All of her records at the civil registration are not yet released to the public, but I can access her persoonslijst. I requested it and below in the pictures you can see the two pages. I blacked out all info on her living children. Translation follows below the pictures. My own comments are in the brackets. Clicking on the picture will enlarge them so they can be read.

First names: Henriette Geertruida
(Sur)name: Lamboo
Birth date: 15-12-1913 [15 December 1913]
Birth place: ZOETERWOUDE
Birth country: the Netherlands
Gender: Female

First names: Anna Hendrika
Prefix: van
(Sur)name: Dijk
Birth date: 03-10-1881 [3 October 1881]
Birth place: ‘S GRAVENHAGE [also named Den Haag]
Birth country: the Netherlands
Gender: Female

First names: Bernardus Johannes
(Sur)name: Lamboo
Birth date: 21-07-1883 [21 July 1883]
Birth place: VOORSCHOTEN
Birth country: the Netherlands
Gender: Male

Nationality: Dutch

First names: Adolph
(Sur)name: Knura
Birth date: 01-07-1914 [1 July 1914]
Birth place: Bottrop
Birth country: Germany
Date dissolvement: 30-01-1990 [30 January 1990]
Place dissolvement: LEIDEN
Country dissolvement: the Netherlands
Reason dissolvement: Death partner
Kind of contract: Marriage

Date of contract: 11-05-1938 [11 May 1938]
Place of contract: VOORSCHOTEN
Country of contract: the Netherlands
Kind of contract: Marriage

Date of death: 27-12-2004 [27 December 2004]
Place of death: ‘S GRAVENHAGE [also named Den Haag]
Country of death: the Netherlands

>REGISTRATION [data about time persoonslijst was made]
PK-place: VOORSCHOTEN [where persoonskaart was at time of making the list]
PK completely converted: PK-date completely converted [all data on persoonskaart was available to enter on the persoonslijst]

Place of registration: VOORSCHOTEN
Date of registration: 14-11-1917 [14 November 1917]
Valid from: 22-01-1991 [22 January 1991]

Place of registration: VOORSCHOTEN
Date of registration: 14-11-1917 [14 November 1917]

[This same information is repeated four more times, maybe moves? Hard to say without address data]

[Below the place of residence (historical) data is the data of the children. There are seven children, the youngest is at the top, the oldest is last on the second page. I blacked out the data of the living children, but I left the information about Bertje, whom I wrote about here, as he died when he was six]

First names: Lambertus Johannes Adolphus
(Sur)name: Knura
Birth date: 19-06-1955 [19 June 1955]
Birth place: VOORSCHOTEN
Birth country: the Netherlands

The most valuable information I got from this persoonslijst is the only primary data available on Henriëtte’s birth, marriage and death, and also all of the birth data on her children. Furthermore, this document brings me one generation back, as I now know the names, birth dates and birth places of her parents. Also, it leads me to believe she might have moved several times, since there are 5 historical place of residence entries. This might not mean anything, but it’s worth to keep in mind.

Next time, we’ll take a look at the primary sources available for Adolph Knura to see if we can find some additional information that’s not on Henriëtte’s persoonslijst.

Personal knowledge J. Mulder, granddaughter of Henriëtte Geertruida Lamboo
Persoonslijst: CBG, persoonslijst Henriette Geertruida Lamboo (1913-2004).

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Daily Stats 2010 GeneaBlogger Winter Games - Saturday 13th February

Just a quick row of stats:

Category 1: 2 citations
Category 2: nothing
Category 3: task D complete (20 photo’s) en part of task B (1 digital file)
Category 4: nothing
Category 5: nothing
Category 6: nothing

Genealogy in the Netherlands: Primary sources after 1811 part I – Persoonslijsten

Welcome to this series about Genealogy in the Netherlands. The first part is about primary sources after 1811 in the Netherlands. They will be discussed in three posts, discussing the three primary sources that are available in the Netherlands. These primary sources will give you the basic facts, birth, marriage and death dates, of anyone born after 1811. If a person is born before 1811, but married or died after 1811, some information can also be found in these sources. These sources, however, are good to look at for more than just these primary facts. Many of them give more information than just the three basic dates.

The first primary source you’ll encounter if you work backwards in time is the persoonslijst. Every person of Dutch nationality that died on or after 1 October 1994 in the Netherlands (colonies and the Antilles do not count and will not be discussed here) will have a persoonslijst. A persoonslijst can be requested two calendar years after a person died. This has to be done in writing at the Central Bureau of Genealogy in The Hague. (See for more information)

The persoonslijst is a simple computer printout, but carries a wealth of information about the person. This is the information that can be found on a persoonslijst:

a. Surname of the person
b. First names of the person
c. Birth date and birth place
d. Nationality
e. Names, birth dates and birth places of the parents, as far as they were entered on the persoonskaart
f. Data about marriages of the person, if they were married. This data was transcribed from the persoonskaart.
g. Addresses. This isn’t an obligatory field, but most cards have at least one address on it, with date as to when the person lived there, but some cards contain more addresses, and you can follow a person when he or she moves around.
h. Date and place of death
i. Children, mentioned are surname, first names, birth date and place. Children appear on the persoonslijst of the father and of the mother. Note: when the persoonslijst was made, it was mandatory to note all children born after 1 January 1966 on their parent’s persoonslijst. Children born before 1 January 1966 could be left out of the administration, so beware of this when looking at this field. Also, the youngest child is listed first, and the oldest is listed last.

If you want to properly source a persoonslijst, use this format: Persoonslijst: CBG, persoonslijst [first names and surname] ([year of birth]-[year of death].

For an example of a persoonslijst and what can be gleaned from it, see Looking for Lamboo part I.

For other posts in this series, see the How-to Guide to Genealogy in the Netherlands.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Winter 2010 GeneaBloggers Games Opening Ceremony

This flag represents my and my heritage. The Dutch flag is in there for my three Dutch grandparents and their ancestors, the German flag is for my German grandfather and his ancestors and the Australian one is because part of my family lives in that country.

I'm very excited to participate in the Winter 2010 GeneaBloggers Games! I'll be joining in all the categories:

1. Go Back and Cite Your Sources!
2. Back Up Your Data!
3. Organize Your Research!
4. Expand Your Knowledge
5. Write, Write, Write!
6. Reach Out & Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness

Not only is this going to be so much fun, it'll really help my research too! (Especially the second and third category)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy - Challenge #6

This week's challenge: Online databases at your public library. Search your library’s web site and see if your card grants you access to online databases. Libraries (even small ones) often have wonderful online tools including genealogy databases, historical newspapers and more! Take some time and play with these little perks that come with a library card. You just may get some help in your own genealogy research and gain some free research tools to boot. If you don’t know how to access online library databases or you’re not sure if your branch has them, ask a librarian for guidance. If you have a blog, discuss which databases (if any) to which your library subscribes.

I never would've thought to look at the databases my library subscribes too if it were not for this challenge! But this challenge was there, and I did look. And boy, did I find some useful things. I haven't been able to search them yet, because for most you need to be at the library to access them, but they hold promise. The databeses that were interesting to me:

Several newspaper and documentation databases.
Leidse letteren database (Literature from Leiden and surroundings)
Leidse Canon (Local history)

Especially the newspaper and documentation databases could come in handy.

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy - Challenge #5

The challenge for week 5 was: Play with WorldCat is a massive network of library content that the public can search for free (user name and password not required). Not every library is a part of WorldCat, but the vast size of the network makes it an important genealogy tool. If you are looking for a specific book or publication, enter the identifying information into the WorldCat search box and see which libraries hold the item. You may even find that you can get the item through your library’s inter-library loan program. Don’t forget to search for some of your more unusual surnames and see what comes up. The goal is to play with WorldCat and examine its possibilities for your own research. If you’re already familiar with WorldCat, play with it again. The network and collection grow and change constantly. If you have a genealogy blog, write about your experiences with searching WorldCat for this exercise.

I played around with WorldCat for awhile, but it wasn't really helpful. Our ILL systen has a great website with search-function, so WorldCat couldn't tell me anything new there. I only have two uncommon surnames in my family tree so far, and neither one produced anything useful. Still, it's a good site to bookmark and check once in awhile.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Third Annual iGene Awards, The Best of The Best!

Live from the Netherlands, I am proud to present the Third Annual iGene Awards, presented to you by your host JM. The pickings were meager this year here over at Tracing My Roots, but we managed to pick a winner out of the 13 submission for each of the five categories. So, without much further ado, I present to you The Best of The Best.

In the category Best Picture, the Wedding picture of Barend Cornelis Bolle and Alida Petronella Wesselo is our winner! It is unique among the pictures posted in 2009, because it caused me and my grandmother, the daughter of the couple in the picture, to become closer than we ever were before.

In the category Best Screen Play, the post titled December Birthday of a Special Woman is the winner. This tribute gives but a glimpse into the life of Henriëtte Geertruida Lamboo. The life of this remarkable woman will make a great movie and I am happy to announce here that the series Looking for Lamboo, which will start on 14 February 2010 here at Tracing My
Roots, will give an in-depth look at her life and that of her family. For all of you who will read this after the 14th, go take a look! But don’t forget to come back here to see the other winners!

In the category Best Documentary, the winner is: Sinterklaas – A Dutch Holiday Tradition. This post gives a great look into the number one Dutch tradition. I am also pleased to announce that sometime in the near future, there will be a follow-up posts on other Dutch traditions, so stay tuned to Tracing My Roots.

In the category Best Biography, the biography of Lambertus Johannes Adolphus Knura in the beautiful post The Forgotten Uncle is the winner. This post paints a picture of a delightful boy whose life was tragically cut short at the age of 6.

In the category Best Comedy the very first entry of 2009, Overwhelmed With Information, is the winner. Not because the contents of the post is particularly funny, but because looking back at it, I cannot imagine that I ever thought that the amount of information I had then was much. In the few short months between then and now, I have amassed even more information and an entire pile of places to visit where there is, you guessed it, even more information! So yes, looking back at it, it’s quite funny.

So, with the proud winners of 2009 announced, it’s traditionally a time to look forward. I am sure that 2010 will bring much more competition in all of these categories and it is my hope that you will enjoy each and every post made in 2010 here at Tracing My Roots.

This post was written for the 90th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy.

Monday, February 8, 2010

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy - Challenge #4

I'm back! *waves at everyone* Things got unexpectedly hectic around here, so I didn't have time to post anything. So, I'm a bit behind on the 52 weeks to better genealogy, so expect some 'catch-up' posts this week.

The challenge for week 4 was: Learn about your local public library’s inter-library loan (ILL) policy. Pick a genealogy-related book that you want to read that is not in your library’s collection. Ask the librarian how to request the book from another library. Find the different library systems from which you can request books through your own library, as this can dramatically increase the number of genealogy books to which you have access. If you have a genealogy blog, write about your experience with requesting items through your library’s ILL service.

I've actually used the ILL system of my library many times. It's really easy, there's a site where you can search for the book you want and if a library (any library in the Netherlands) has the book, you can reserve it. Within a week or two the book you request can be picked up at your own library branch. Easy as pie!

Currently, I have an ILL book here at home. De geschiedenis van het Voorschotense voetbal by Hans Douw is a book about the history of the soccer clubs in Voorschoten. My grandfather is mentioned outright in the book (just one sentence, but still), and since both he and many of my other family members since him have been involved with one or more of the soccer clubs here, it's a very interesting read. It tells me some of the things they would've been involved with, and paints a picture of their lives as it was then.

This book was a limited edition book and can't be bought anymore, so the library really is the only option in this case, but my own library didn't have a copy. Thank God for ILL!