Family History Blog
  1. I have not yetRembrandt and Saskia in the parable of the Prodigal Son - oil on canvas - abt 1635 come upon a connection
    between myself and the royal family - but once in a while I come close to
    a relationship with a famous person.
    I this case it is a linkage to the famous Dutch painter Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn - it may be far-fetched, but non-theless very worthy of mentioning.
    (Baukje Hoekstra - daughter of Jan Romkes Hoekstra 
    son of - Antje Baukes van der Woud daughter of -
    Trijntje Folkerts de Boer daughter of -
    Neeltje Justus Crans  daughter of - (Joost) Justus Klases Crans 
    son of - Dieuwke Klases Heixan daughter of - Klaas Jansen Heixan,
    son of - Jan Carels Heixan, son of  - Siouckjen Vallinc (Valkia), daughter of - Hester Johannes van Loo, daughter of  - Jan (Joannes) Boudewijn van Loo (abt 1563-1600)
    Hester Johannes van Loo was my mother's 9th great-grandmother.
    She was one of 8 children - among her siblings a  brother Gerrit Johannes van Loo, which would then be my 10th great-grand-uncle. Gerrit, or also Gerard van Loo, was a lawyer and secretary in the grietenij Het Bildt.
    On Sept. 23, 1627 Gerrit entered into his second marriage with Hisck (Hiskje) van Uylenburgh, a daughter of Sjoukje Ozinga and Rombertus van Uylenburgh, who was a top lawyer, a town mayor, and one of the founders of the University of Franeker.
    In 1624, after the death of his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gerrit became the guardian of his wife's underage siblings, Titia Uylenburgh, Edzert Ulenburgh, Saskia Uylenburgh, who was 12 years old at this time, and who later married the famous Dutch painter Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, who was the son of a wealthy miller from Leiden.
    In 1631, in the company of the Mennonite painters Govert Flinck and Jacob Backer, Saskia traveled to Amsterdam. Supposedly Saskia Uylenburgh met Rembrandt there, at the home of her uncle, Hendrick van Uylenburgh, a painter and art dealer. Rembrandt produced paintings and portraits for Uylenburgh's Amsterdam clients. In turn Rembrandt travelled to Leeuwarden, where he was received by the painter Wybrand de Geest, whoSaskia looking out of a window - Pen in brown, brown wash - 1634-1635 had married Saskia's niece, Marina Watts.
    For a while Saskia  lived in Franeker when her sister Antje was ill. After Antje's burial, Saskia assisted her brother-in-law, the Polish theology professor Johannes Maccovius, until she married Rembrandt in 1634.
    Saskia and Rembrandt were engaged in 1633, and on 10 June 1634 Rembrandt asked permission to marry in Sint Annaparochie. He showed his mother's written consent to the schepen. On 2 July the couple married. The preacher was Saskia's cousin, but evidently none of Rembrandt's family attended the marriage. That Saskia fell in love with an artist who was socially no match for the daughter of a patrician and that she pressed for a speedy betrothal against all conventions certainly shows that she was a very strong and independent character. In 1635 the couple moved to one of the posh streets in Amsterdam, the Nieuwe Doelenstraat, with prominent neighbors and a view of the river Amstel.
    Rembrandt gained financial success through his artwork, and decided in 1639 to buy a house in the Jodenbreestraat, next to the place where he worked. A year before, by July 16, 1638, SasSelfportrait with Saskia - Etching, 1636kia's Friesian relatives complained that Saskia was spoiling her inheritance. Rembrandt asked his brother-in-law Ulricus van Uylenburgh, also a lawyer, to help them out, confirming he was successful and able to pay for the house.
    Three of their children died shortly after birth and were buried in the nearby Zuiderkerk. The sole survivor was Titus, who was named after his mother's sister Titia (Tietje) van Uylenburgh. Saskia died the year after he was born, aged 29, probably from tuberculosis. She was buried in the Oude Kerk.

    Statue of Rembrandt and his wife Saskia in St. Annaparochie
    Sint Annaparochie, bronzen beeld van de schilder Rembrandt van Rijn en zijn vrouw Saskia van Uylenburgh. Het beeld is gemaakt door Suze Boschma-Berkhout.
    1 June 2011

    So I am not really related to Rembrandt - but there is a connection.
    Some of our kids are quite artsy, but they did not get it from one of the most well known Dutch artists.

    Information from Saskia van Uylenburgh - Wikipedia and Images from Wikipedia.org
  2. Decorative Family Tree chart

    Decorative Family Tree chart.

    Decorative Family Tree chart - From the Deja Views Time & Again series, this chart is a wonderful way to organize and showcase your family genealogy! Kit Includes: 12" x 12" Acid-free Parchment Style cardstock featuring a beautifully painted tree print. Clear instructions from Memory Makers Magazine to help you organize and showcase your genealogy. 24 Oval, acid-free name labels to customize your tree. more info > >

    I was working on this kit today - this kit includes a printed, heavy cardstock. I decided how many names I wanted to include on this chart, and then glued the cardboard ovals where I wanted them. (I wish I had perfect writing or the ability to calligraphy, but I can't - however I read once that you should use your handwriting - in a 100 years your ancestors will be so happy to have something handwritten by you) So with my best handwriting I filled in all the names. I then decided to add all the portraits of my ancestors, which I all printed out in sepia and cut them all out with an oval punch.

    Decorative Family Tree chart
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  3. A Piece of Unidentified Farm History


    We went for a drive yesterday, and we found this piece of old-time farm machinery. It stood among an old plow, a hay rake, a mower and a few other pieces. Even my husband, a farmer, was unable to identify it. Any Ideas??

  4. Dirkje 1936-2001Again we come to that special day of the year when we celebrate Mother's Day. Julia Ward Howe was the first to proclaim Mother's Day in 1870. Her Mother's Day Proclamation was a pacifist reaction to the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War. The modern holiday of Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in America. She then began a camAnna 1934-2001paign to make "Mother's Day" a recognized holiday in the United States. Although she was successful in 1914, she was already disappointed with its commercialization by the 1920s. Jarvis' holiday was adopted by other countries and it's now celebrated all over the world. (Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother's_Day ) Like any mother, I do appreciate the extra attention lavished on me on this day - but it is also a time to reflect on motherhood - being a mother and the priviledge it is to be a mother. I thank God for my children and the great relationship I have with each one of them. I also remember my mother (Dirkje (left) 1936-2001)who has passed a few years ago at the age of 66, and my mother-in-law (Anna (right) 1934-2001) who passed away in the same year as my own mother at the age of 69. Both of these women were great ladies of faith, and an example to me and my children. So to all you children - young and old, appreciate your mothers while you still can.
  5. How old is Grandpa???

    Stay with this -- the answer is at the end. It will blow you away.

    One evening a grandson was talking to his grandfather about current events.
    The grandson asked his grandfather what he thought about the shootings
    at schools, the computer age, and just things in general.
    The Grandfather replied, "Well, let me think a minute, I was born before:
    ' television

    ' penicillin

    ' polio shots

    ' frozen foods

    ' Xerox

    ' contact lenses

    ' Frisbees and

    ' the pill

    There were no:

    ' credit cards

    ' laser beams or

    ' ball-point pens

    Man had not invented:

    ' pantyhose

    ' air conditioners

    ' dishwashers

    ' clothes dryers

    ' and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and

    ' man hadn't yet walked on the moon


    Your Grandmother and I got married first, . . . and then lived together.

    Every family had a father and a mother.

    Until I was 25, I called every man older than me, "Sir".
    And after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a
    title, "Sir."

    We were before gay-rights, computer- dating, dual careers, daycare
    centers, and group therapy.

    Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgment, and
    common sense.

    We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to
    stand up and take responsibility for our actions.

    Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a
    bigger privilege.

    We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent.

    Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins.

    Draft dodgers were people who closed their front doors when the evening
    breeze started.

    Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and
    weekends-not purchasing condominiums.

    We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters,
    yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.

    We listened to the Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President's speeches
    on our radios.

    And I don't ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to
    Tommy Dorsey.

    If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan ' on it, it was junk.

    The term 'making out' referred to how you did on your school exam.

    Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and instant coffee were unheard of.

    We had 5 &10-cent stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and
    10 cents.

    Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all
    a nickel.

    And if you didn't want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough
    stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.

    You could buy a new Chevy Coupe for $600, . . . but who could afford one?
    Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.

    In my day:

    ' "grass" was mowed,

    ' "coke" was a cold drink,

    ' "pot" was something your mother cooked in and

    ' "rock music" was your grandmother's lullaby.

    ' "Aids" were helpers in the Principal's office,

    ' " chip" meant a piece of wood,

    ' "hardware" was found in a hardware store and

    ' "software" wasn't even a word.

    And we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a
    husband to have a baby. No wonder people call us "old and confused" and
    say there is a generation gap... and how old do you think I am?

    I bet you have this old man in mind...you are in for a shock!

    Read on to see -- pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at
    the same time.

    This man would be only 61 years old

    What has changed since you were young ?

  6. Ancestor Trading Cards

    A great way to educate and interest younger children in their ancestors is to create ancestor trading cards. Put a picture and their name on one side and their birth, marriage and death information plus any interesting facts or quotes about them on the back. These can be laminated and trimmed so they can play fun games like “go fish” with them.
    (from the Weekly Genealogy Tip by sgenealogy)

  7. While doing research on the branches of my family tree, some times I come across a little bit of "treasure". Not a real treasure, but some interesting information or sometimes even a picture. Recently I was doing some searching on a Klaas Jansen Heixan (my mothers gre at - great- great - great - great -great grandfather) and came upon the following:
    This particular branch of the family tree were Silversmiths. Klaas Jansen Heixan was born on August 11, 1678 in Dokkum, Friesland, and like his father also became a silversmith. Every silversmith in those days had his own sign, or seal, to mark his work. I found his sign, the KH monogram, at Meestertekens  van Friese goud- en  zilversmeden, werkzaam in de periode van ca. 1700 tot 1812 (Masterseals from Friesian gold- and silversmiths that were working between 1700 to1812) Not only did I find his 'signature', a sign that he placed on every piece of silverware he created, I also found a picture of a piece he made. At the following site, Botma Genealogy I found the family crest of a family Botma, at the bottom of a seal, which is part of a pipe stamper and other helpful tools. The initials G.G.B, are that of the owner. Upon closer inspection you can see the silver mark of the maker. On this website you can read the following: "Gezien het zilvermerk is het werktuig gemaakt door de Dokkumer Klaas Heixan. Deze stond ingeschreven in het gildeboek van 1704 tot 1738'. So, t o think that one of my ancestors (even though it was long ago), created this piece from silver, somewhere in the 1700's. It is like finding a little piece of my history. When looking for my ancestors, sometimes I rely on the research some others have done on that same branch. Just 'google' the name you are looking for and add a bit of information while you are surfing, like; 'Heixan, Klaas ,silversmith ' that is how I found this picture and some more information to help me on my search. Do not forget to  credit the site where you got your information.
  8. Tips to Organizing your Information for your Family Tree

    By: Paul Duxbury and Kevin Cook

    There are 12 steps to keep you organized when making a family tree.

    1. Gather all the supplies for your project.

    You will need file boxes with lids, colored hanging file folders, standard green hanging files, manila folders, pens, highlighters, labels for folders, dot or star stickers, lined paper, additional boxes to expand your storage, a carrying case to hold all of this in, and a wall size pedigree chart. Pedigree charts can be found on most ancestry websites or at your local library.

    2. File your family pedigree charts

    Print a complete set of all your pedigree charts starting with yourself and working back. Label one of the green hanging folders "Pedigree Charts" and place all of these charts in it. Pedigree charts can be located at most ancestry and genealogy sites. Fill them out as much as you can. The more info you can fill out now, the easier it will be later. 3. Print a copy of the Circled 5 generation Pedigree Chart

    Print a color copy of the Circled 5 Generation Pedigree Chart. You are the 5th generation. Your sixteen great grandparents are the first generation. Use the color code provided with the chart to fill in the rest. This chart can be found at most genealogy websites.

    5. Put 16 hanging file folders in your box

    This step needs no explanation. Just place 16 hanging file folders in your box. You may need more later on but 16 is the basic you will need for all your great grandparents.

    6. Label the colored hanging file folders with your family surnames.

    Label each of the folders with the surname of each of your 8 great grandfathers, and the maiden names of your 8 great grandmothers. If you don't know the surnames (last names) of your great grandmothers, do as many as you can and try to contact family members that may know other names.

    7. Put a highlighted copy of your 5-generation pedigree chart in each of the colored folders.

    Print 16 more copies of your 5-generation pedigree chart with you as 1 on the chart.

    On one of the pedigree charts, highlight the names of all persons with the same last name using the color assigned to that last name. File the highlighted pedigree chart in its last name hanging file folder.

    Repeat the process of highlighting a last name line and filing the pedigree chart in its hanging folder for each of the 16 last names of your great-great grandparents. This may seem tedious, but you will appreciate how much easier it makes things later.

    8. Set up a file for each family on your 5-generation pedigree chart.

    Set up manila folders for each of the families by putting a colored labels on the file tab. Match the label color to the color of each family group record. Be sure to use sticky labels. Sticky labels are great because if you have to change something, you just place a label over the existing one. They help keep things organized.

    9. File the manila folders

    Place the manila family folders in hanging folders, matching the color of the label on the manila family folder to the color of the hanging file folder. Color coding everything makes things so much easier to find later.

    10. Put these items in each family folder

    In a family folder place the family group record of the family, documents you have already gathered for that family, and any notes you have taken on the family.

    11. Set up other useful files

    Set up other files containing letters, photos, emails, birth certificates, etc. Anything that you can think of that may fit into its own category, make a file for it. It makes it much easier to locate later.

    12. Expand to other boxes as needed

    When one of your files gets too big to fit into your box, simply move it to another box. Take as many boxes as you need to get all the information you need. Having multiple organized boxes is much better than having it all in one box unorganized and a jumbled mess.

    Following these easy steps will help keep you organized while creating your family tree. With such a big undertaking, organization is important.

    Article Source: http://www.familyhistoryarticles.com

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