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What surnames are you interested in researching?
van Kampen
What countries and other locations are you interested in researching?
The Netherlands
If you are a genealogy expert, what are your specialties?
Dutch genealogy
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Dutch genealogy

If you have Dutch ancestors, then this group is for you.
Dec 9, 2022
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Dutch genealogy

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Dutch genealogy

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anna trijntje de Boer replied to Henk van Kampen's discussion Who are your Dutch ancestors? in the group Dutch genealogy
"Arnold, Hi, I hope you are fine and healthy and still interested in your descendancy. I am most probably a far away cousin, as my great grandmother is Jantje Sieds Siedsma, the younger sister of Jentje Sieds Siedsma, your great grand father. My…"
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Henk van Kampen

Welcome to my Genealogy Wise profile

I have been interested in genealogy since an early age. Around 2003, I published my family tree online, hoping to connect this way with distant cousins. I did get e-mails from distant cousins, but I got even more requests for help with other people's ancestors, mainly from the U.S.A.

At the time, there were a few websites explaining how to find Dutch ancestors in an archive or family history center, but almost nothing on how to use the internet to find Dutch ancestors. I wrote a few articles about Dutch genealogy, including one called Trace your Dutch roots online, in a section of my website that I gave the title Trace your Dutch roots. This section quickly became the most popular part of my website! Today, Trace your Dutch roots consists of a large website, a newsletter with hundreds of subscribers, and a blog. Writing and researching for Trace your Dutch roots now takes up most of my genealogy time.

The Association of Graveyard Rabbits

I am a charter member of the Association of Graveyard Rabbits, a group of graveyard bloggers founded by Terry Thornton. If you are interested in cemeteries please visit our Graveyard Rabbit group here on Genealogy Wise.

My own graveyard blog is The Graveyard Rabbit of Utrecht and Het Gooi, about cemeteries and burial sites in the geographical heart of The Netherlands.

Dutch roots

I am the administrator of the Dutch genealogy Genealogy Wise group. If you have Dutch roots, this is the place to discuss them.

I also happen to be the author of Trace your Dutch roots.

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At 4:14pm on July 9, 2011, Sande Meyer Smith said…
Hi Henk,wanted you to know I found Jennie at Last...Jennie Hagsma born 1885 in Bolsward to Jan Hagsma and Fredricka De Jong!  I'm still at a deadend with Adrianus Kok but I will keep trying!My uncle provided the maiden name we needed.
At 3:25am on June 22, 2011, Alvin Eugene Collins said…
My 9 greats grandfather Pieter Van Woggelum ( borb c. 1625) was one of the proprietors of Schenectady , ( then New Amsterdam ) New York in 1661. Also, he was a tavern keeper in Rensselear. Pieter was jailed for not paying the excise on the tavern. He had various surnames. Originally, his surname was Adrienson, as the name of his father was Adrien. Then, he acquired the name Van Woggelum. He originally came from the village of Woggelum, in the Province of Alkmar in the Netherlands, Finally, he acquired the name Soogemacylic,which,in Dutch, means so easy going.. There is a recent translation, done by the New Netherland Society, of a record of a court case datet September 11, 1683. Pieters wife Grietie Van Woggelum sued some women for perpetuating a rumor that she had been spending evenings with Andreas Bradt.
At 12:44pm on April 1, 2010, Valerie McKenzie said…
I am hoping to visit Kampen this month. My earliest ancestors left from that city in the 1600s and came to the New Amsterdam area. They settled in the Delaware Water Gap and moved into New York State in the following years. Gerrit Jansen (Van Campen) Might have been Gerrit, son of John from Campen. Is there a place to search for info in the area? Thank you.
At 8:25pm on October 12, 2009, Gwynn Socolich said…
Hi! I have searched Tresoar and found several of my Dutch ancestors. I am still unsure about the Kramer family and their origins before Friesland. I know a US Kramer family that was from Germany. Thanks for the advice about the Friesland group. I appreciate it. Happy Searching.
At 5:44pm on October 11, 2009, Gwynn Socolich said…
I have Dutch ancestors from Het Bilt, Friesland, Netherlands. Surnames are DeYoung and Kramer. (about 1870)
At 11:44am on July 19, 2009, Elisabeth Nieuwhof said…
Thank you for being my friend. I was also wondering if I could put a link to your site Trace Your Dutch Roots on my site at By the way there are also some Van Kampens living here on Prince Edward Island.
At 7:22am on July 13, 2009, Brenda K. Wolfgram Moore said…
What awesome photos! Thanks for joining the NW group.. See you GenealogyWise!~


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