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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.
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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.
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Maarten van der Hoogt and Aaltje de Bruin are my fourth great-grandparents. They lived in quite a few places during their lives: Hazerswoude, Zevenhuizen, Moerkapelle, Leiderdorp, Kouderkerk, probably more - towns and villages in the same region in the province Zuid-Holland. I still miss quite a few vital records for them. But with all the scans available on the FamilySearch website it should not be hard to find those.
I had in my notes that they probably married in Hazerswoude. And sure enough, I found them in the church books there:
Maarten van der Hoogt, from Hazerswoude, and Aaltje de Bruin, from Zevenhuizen. Pro deo. Banns 27 July 1791. Attest for Zevenhuizen given 7 August.
OK, banns in Hazerswoude because Maarten van der Hoogt lived there at the time. But they married in Zevenhuizen. And scans from Zevenhuizen are also on FamilySearch:
This one is harder to read. But I think I transcribed, interpreted and summarized it correctly:
Banns on 27 July 1791, married on 31 August. Maarten van der Hoog [sic], born and currently living in Haserswoude, and Aaltje de Bruin, born in Moercapel [Moerkapelle], currently living in Zevenhuizen.
Great! So I can fire up my genealogy software and add 31 August 1791, Zevenhuizen, as marriage data!
I posted about my brick wall ancestor Naatje Foppen (or Johanna Magdalena Foppen) before. A quick summary of what I know:
Naatje and her twin sister were born on 29 July 1792 in Naarden, and she was baptized Johanna Magdalena on 22 August 1792. She was born out of wedlock. Her mother was Magdalena Foppen. Her father's name was listed: Lucas Castisch. But the first name Lucas was striked through, and the last name Castisch cannot be found anywhere.
Naatje never married, but had two sons, Johannes (my ancestor) in 1815 and Jacob (who died in infancy) in 1828. Nothing is known about the father(s) of the boys.
Naatje died in 1864 in Naarden. As far as I know she spent her whole life in Naarden.
I did not find anything else on Naatje's mother or sister.
Recently scans of the church books of Naarden became available online. I had seen it many years ago, but I only made notes of Naatje's baptism. Time for another look. Here is the baptism entry:
Transcription: Maria Rosa & Johanna Magdelena, geboren [=born] 29 Julij, gedoopt [=baptized] 22 Augustus, [father]
Lucas Castisch, [mother] Magdelena Foppers, Spurius [=out of wedlock].
I could not find Magdalena's baptism or burial, and I could not find anything else about Maria Rosa.
I did see a few others with the name Foppen in Naarden. The most interesting one is Maria Francisca Foppen, who was married to Hendrik Rijnders. They had a daughter named Maria Rosa, the same name as Naatje's twin sister! The name Maria Rosa is not that common, so chances are that Maria Francisca is related!
Hendrik and Maria Francisca married in Naarden, in 1779:
Summary: Henderik Reijnders, born in Heteren, a soldier stationed in Naarden, and Fransiska Foffer, born in Bergen op den Soom [Bergen op Zoom], now living in Naarden, married in Naarden on 12 September 1779.
Unfortunately I have been unable to find [Maria] Francisca in Bergen op Zoom, or Hendrik in Heteren, so far.
To be continued, I assume.