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13Mar2019
I found family because of my blogs!
Marjolein

Through writing my blogs about Anna Maria Geertruida Kodde, my favorite ancestress, I have found family! To be exact I found her grandchildren. Geertje, as I call her, is my great-grandmother. Last summer I had a reaction on my blog from a grandson of Geertje. Of course I was very pleased with that. Because of problems with my mailbox I deleted all mails and with that, I also lost the email of the relative. In January of this year I received another reaction on a blog. This was another grandson of Geertje, the brother of the one who had reacted before. They didn't know that they had both reacted. So I got a second chance, how very special! These two men have a sister, she was named after her grandmother and her name is Anna Maria Geertruida too, and I have had contact with her too. These three people are the children of Anna Adriana, the youngest daughter of Geertje. Geertje died in child bed two weeks after Anna Adriana, named Annie, was born. Annie also didn't get very old, she died fifty years ago at the age of 48 years. The theme of mothers that died young went on for another generation.  These family members weren't able to help me a lot with facts. Because of their mother dying so young, they don't know much about the family's connections. There was not much contact. I learned that there were, except for my grandmother, more people in the family with not such social characters. I think they took after their father, Geertje's husband, who was not known because of his sunny character. So I know a bit more now. Geertje's given name is probably Geertruida and her children were all placed out of the house after her death, but not with family. So I will go on searching for information. When writing these blogs I never thought of family reacting on them, so it was very nice when this happened! Contact met familie door blogs Lees meer De 100 emails Lees meer Money well spent Lees meer My granny's life Lees meer Searching for my great-grandmother Anna Maria Geertruida Kodde Lees meer

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08Sep2019
My great great grand mother Lijsje Manten
Marjolein

The last thing we had to do cleaning up my mother’s things after her death, was deciding about the last pictures, important, old pictures. Among them the portrait of my great great-grandmother, Lijsje Manten, in the middle of the picture above this blog. On this picture she is eighty years old, in 1940. A beautiful old lady. Lijsje Manten lived her whole life in Loosdrecht, in the middle of the Netherlands. She was born there on July 22nd, 1860, as the oldest child of Gerrit Manten and Neeltje Vlug. They married on November 11th of the previous year, so she was born eight months and eleven days after the marriage. After her two other daughters and a son were born, who all got fairly old (between 79 and 82 years old) and after them a son that died after two months and a daughter that only lived for six days. Lijsje married at the age of 24 with Jan Spijker, who was also born and raised in Loosdrecht and was three years older than she. Lijsje and Jan had six daughters and three sons. The youngest, a son named Maarten, only was three years old when his father died. Jan Spijker drowned in the river Vecht after having had some sort of attack. The oldest child in the family was around 19 years old at the time. Difficult times were there. There was a lot of sorrow about the father, that only was fifty years old, there were a lot of mouths to feed. All the children still lived at home, probably three worked at the time. My great grandmother Johanna was a maid and when she had to work upstairs, she would make some noise now and than, while she was knitting socks in the meantime. Her mother sold these socks. Two of her children marry in 1917, her second daughter Johanna, my great grandmother and her third child, son Jan. The oldest daughter never married. 1917 is the year the youngest child turned twelve and probably went to work too. Daughter Johanna is nearly thirty years old when she marries and son Jan is 25, they marry six days after each other. In 1921 there are two more weddings, in 1922 one. In 1933 youngest son Maarten marries, three of her daughters stay unmarried. Lijsje died in April of 1948 on the age of 87 years. Her whole life she lived in Loosdrecht. Lijsje’s daughter Johanna, my great grandmother, looks a lot like her mother, see the old lady on the left of the portrait. On a picture where whe is younger, right of the portrait, lady with little child, she looks exactly like her daughter Loes, who was born as Lijsje, but changed her name because she hated it so much. #genealogy #familystories Lees meer The album of aunt Alida Mijn betovergrootmoeder Lijsje Manten my great-aunt Loesie

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16May2019
A newspaper message from the past
Marjolein

Some time ago I posted a blog I wrote about the life of my great-grandmother Geertje in a Facebook group about genealogy.  I happens more often that readers and genealogists give me information and advice, they are mostly very helpfull people. Yesterday I got a reaction on my post, from a Sieger Witvoet. He wrote that he had read that a daughter of my great-grandmother died at the age of four and that I suspected that she had drowned or died in some sort of accident. He had found a newspaper message. It is the message you see in the header and below. A message from a newspaper, messages from Abcoude in the newspaper of September 1st, 1920. It is in Dutch, so maybe you cannot understand what it says, so this is a translation: the four year old daughter of A.M., in the Kerkstraat in Abcoude, had been unattended for a moment last Saturday afternoon and fell into the water. She was raised lifeless. The Kerkstraat in Abcoude, one and a half years ago I visited it for the first time, because the two churches of Abcoude are there as well as the cemetery where my great-grandmother must have been buried and my great-grandfather wtill is buried. (Kerk means church, so Kerkstraat is Churchstreet). My father told me his grandfather had lived in Kerkstraat for a long time, on two different addresses. Behind the houses there is the small river the Angstel, I know the situation.  Back to the newspaper. A few lines that say it all. The four year old daughter (Anna Adriana) of A.M. (Anthonius Meijer, my great-grandfather), in the Kerkstraat, she escaped the supervision of her parents on Saturday afternoon (August 28th, 1920) and fell into the water. She was raised from the water, lifeless... goose bumps... What sadness in those few lines. Raised from the water is a translation that comes nearest to the Dutch sentence, old language, but meaning put up, raised, lifted from out of the water Lifeless... On the website www.delpher.nl you can find lots of newspaper messages. I had heard of the site, but never looked at it. I will probably look at it more often now. But why did I think she was drowned or died in an accident? That is mentioned in her death certificate, see below. It says she died in the town of Abcoude on the 28th of August, in the afternoon at four o'clock, than there is a text: 'in the house at this place' and that is  crossed out. That is why I thought something happened outside of the house. Little Anna Adriana, she was buried on the catholic cemetery down the street. My grandmother was at the time three years old, for a while I thought she was twins with this girl, but they were probably born not more than one year apart, I still haven't found Anna Adriana's exact date of birth. Her mother was pregnant when she drowned, in February she would deliver a girl that was also named Anna Adriana. Two weeks after the birth of this girl my great-grandmother would die in child bed at the age of 35 years old. Lees meer Keeping the faith in the old days Maria Hester, how your name can be passed on when you don't have children The life of Simon van Stam