Family Tree

Within the menu option Family Tree are all found family trees, both the still existing as well as historic ones. The currently still existing trees have gotten as much as possible their own submenu option with a name based on the place of origin. This can also be found on the topographic map on the home page and in the historical context banner under Roots. All remaining trees and loose data are described in one other overview.

The ultimate goal of course is to be able to connect all those trees, but it’s also clear that that will never happen. But yet there is certainly still more possible. Also with new information coming from the archives more relationships over the next few years can be expected. From 1400 onwards there’s lots of archive material available and especially the notaries offer many starting points. With all known so far, you can expect:

  • Most of the existing trees above the rivers are related to each other. These are Neuenhaus, Steenwijk, Zwartsluis and Amersfoort (Van Dorssen). These are supposedly also connected to various older small trees in the region and with some ancient trees in Utrecht and Amsterdam.
  • In addition, it seems like the trees South of the rivers are also partly related to each other (Dordrecht, Rotterdam and Breda). Around Breda are also tribes with the name of Van Dorst, that may be (partly) related. Also here are relationships with small trees in Utrecht and Amsterdam.
  • There is also an existing separate tree from Leiden (origin Bramsche in Germany) that probably is related to some existing smaller trees in other countries (especially the US) and maybe even Neuenhaus.
  • The tree with the name Van Dorssen that originated from Jutphaas (near Utrecht) is probably separate from the one in Amersfoort and originated from an ancient tree in Vreeland (North of Utrecht) or Utrecht. Also that could be related to others, but then long time ago (13th century).
  • The two small trees in the region of Dorsten are currently difficult to determine.

Het submenu voor Stamboom bevat de volgende opties:

  1. Steenwijk – This tree is fully mapped back to 1683 and has only one active name carrier in the Netherlands. It came in 1746 from Dalfsen to Steenwijk.
  2. Neuenhaus – This tree has the oldest history (over 500 years), has known active branches in Germany (still in Neuenhaus), South Africa, Great Brittain, the USA and The Netherlands. There is a reasonable chance that other trees have derived from this one.
  3. Zwartsluis – This is the most comprehensive tribe in Netherlands, has been known since 1714 and presumably derived from the Neuenhaus family tree. There are many active branches known, with branches going to Dutch Indie, New Zealand, Canada and the USA.
  4. Bramsche (Leiden) – The tree in Leiden comes from Bramsche (Germany) in 1743 and two big branches derived in the USA and The Netherlands. About 100 years later another tree derived from Bramsche to the USA, that must be related.
  5. Java (Dutch East Indie) – A bit smaller tree with branches in The Netherlands and the USA with the source at about 1850 on Java and the story in the family that the ancestor at about 1700 came from Utrecht in NL.
  6. Vechta / Visbek – This tree derived in 1833 from Vechta and surrounding in Germany to the USA, has the name of Dorsten (without ‘van’) and became a reasonable size.
  7. Dorsten Regio – Close to the city of Dorsten in Germany derived two small trees in Dinslaken and Dortmund in the 19th century.
  8. Doesburg (Amersfoort) – This tree still has active branches in Australia and the Netherlands, came at the end from the 17th century from Doesburg to Amersfoort and changed the name gradually early 18th century to Van Dorssen.
  9. Jutphaas – This tree with the name Van Dorssen started in 1750 in Jutphaas (near Utrecht) and still has two active large branches in the Netherlands and partly abroad. It is supposedly derived from an ancient tribe around Vreeland (North of Utrecht).
  10. Breda (Dordrecht) – This was a prosperous tree in Dordrecht with several well known people in the 17th century, but no longer active, perhaps somewhere abroad. The ancestor is found and came from the village of Dorst close to Breda! Also a (still existing) small tree of Van Dorsser started in Dordrecht, perhaps related.
  11. Utrecht – In Utrecht were various trees in the 17th century (and before), may be related among themselves and to other trees, either Van Dorsten and Van Dorssen. There was a single large historical tree in Utrecht which may have produced an active branch in a foreign country (derived from Rochus – Daniel).
  12. Other – There have been different small trees and branches in history and also many loose references. It concerns long time ago (1350-1700) wealthy families in among other things Zutphen, Arnhem and Kampen and more recently (1550-1800) Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Wanneperveen, Raalte and Zaltbommel. Furthermore there was a tree in Breda where also almost all Van Dorst trees start. All other small branches and loose ends occur almost only in The Netherlands, Lower Saxony and North Rine-Westphalia.

Each page for a specific family tree has a fixed structure and consists of:

  • A short introduction with background of the tree and possible relationships
  • The actual branches with a possible link to a family tree program
  • An ancestor analysis (to pass all knowledge as much as possible)
  • A further analysis of the development and impact of the family tree
  • A brief explanation of what related info have been found in the archives
  • An overview of the found interesting facts (Do You Know)
  • A simple grafical pedigree male line (direct paternal line / name carriers)
  • A textual scheme of the family tree until about the 19th century

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