Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘Family History’ Category

As I mentioned two weeks ago, both my maternal great-grandmothers were born in the United States, but their husbands, my great-grandfathers, were immigrants. At that time I discussed my maternal grandmother’s mother, Clara Waldeck Mulder. Today I will talk about my maternal grandfather’s mother, Cora Zuidweg. I wrote some anecdotes about her life in 2012 at this link: Cora DeKorn Zuidweg

I’ve posted this photo before, but it is my favorite one of her, along with the portrait that Val colorized. That’s her only child, my grandfather, with her.

Cora was born Jacoba Wilhelmina DeKorn on 2 January 1875, something I did not realize until I had been researching for a couple of years.

When I looked for gaps in my documents for Cora, I noticed that while I had her baptismal record, I did not have a birth record. There actually was a birth record, which is pretty remarkable, but she was listed under the name Minnie. I suspect that she was given that nickname by her parents as a baby (from Wilhelmina), but that she outgrew it at a young age.

Wayne Loney was able to get me this copy of the birth record.

I do have Cora’s other records: census records, obituary, death record, marriage record. and headstone. Here is her obituary:

I have asked to manage her page at Findagrave, and I also submitted a request for edits. I just don’t hear back from these people, and I guess I’m going to have to start to be get loud about it if I don’t get any satisfaction about my family’s pages.

Cora might be the last of my “easy ones,” as it has been more difficult to research my other ancestors.

Read Full Post »

For all of you who predicted I would go off on a tangent, you get gold stars. Here is my first tangent of 2020.

I was asked by someone who works for the City of Portage to search for some photos in my Remine (Remijnse in the Netherlands) collection. While I was looking through the images, I ran across a photo that was clearly identified on the back–both the name and the year.

Clearly, the person on the other side is J. G. Remijnse, and the year mentioned is 1878.

Rather than mess around trying to figure out who the man was, I decided to go to the source–one of my contacts with the Remijnse family, Yvette Boertje. Yvette had contacted me about a photograph that I posted on this blog. Yvette’s great-great-great grandfather Marinus Remijnse was the brother of my great-great-great grandmother Johanna Remijnse DeKorn, so we share 4x great-grandparents and are 5th cousins.

Yvette provided all the Dutch to English translations for this post, which is quite a feat. Thank you so very much, Yvette, for your work on this project.

I was in luck because Yvette’s family was able to identify him almost certainly as Johan Gilles Remijnse, born 19 January 1878. He was the son of Marinus Remijnse (1854-1923) and Maria Pieternella De Ligny (1855-1938). Dr. Johan Gilles Remijnse was my second cousin, 3x removed, according to Ancestry.

Yvette wrote, “According to the following website: https://repertorium.library.uu.nl/node/2850 , his name was Johan Gilles Remijnse, born January 19, 1878. Gilles is also Willem. On this site you can also see the plaque and a more recent image of him.” I highly recommend you follow the link to see the comparison with the earlier image.

Dr. Remijnse worked at the municipal hospital in Rotterdam from 1920 to 1939. Here is a photo of the hospital provided by Yvette.

Yvette provided me with three newspaper clippings about Dr. Remijnse.

19-04-1939

Dr. J. G. Remijnse

Last presentation on the doctor’s course

They tell us:

When Dr. J.G. Remijnse had finished his well-attended doctor’s class at the hospital at the Coolsingel, there was a moment of silence, which Dr. H.W. van Rhijn from Dordrecht used to ask Dr. Remijnse if it was true that this was his final presentation of the doctor’s course.

Dr. Remijnse did not deny it, although the possibility to present again in the fall could not be excluded. Dr. van Rhijn felt obligated – and he thought he spoke on behalf of the whole auditorium – to tell Dr. Remijnse at this parting, that his consistently numerous listeners didn’t want to let him go without expressing their heartfelt thanks for his always so well-prepared and high-level presentations, that, because they are so useful for general practice – would always be unforgettable to them all.

He said that the hospital, but in particular his patients, but no less his colleagues, who had gotten used to his calm and contemplative teachings, would profoundly miss him and would continue to value his lessons substantially.

But they granted him his well-earned complete or partial rest, that he was taking.

Dr. Remijnse thanked him with kind words and said that he had given the presentations from a certain egotistical standpoint because it forced him at the very least to think more deeply, and therefore more beneficially, about the patients.

18-07-1939 (or is it 10-07-1939?)

Prof. Dr. J. G. Remijnse

Successor of prof. Baart de la Faille at Utrecht

The main board of the Dutch Society for the improvement of medicine has appointed Dr. J.G. Remijnse of Rotterdam as extraordinary professor of social medicine at Utrecht as the successor of prof. Dr. J.M. Baart de la Faille, who will resign October 15.

Johan Willem Remijnse was born in Goes in 1878. He attended the Grammar School at Middelburg and studied in Utrecht from 1897 to 1904, where he was promoted as a doctor. Already on January 1, 1905, he was appointed assistant of the surgical clinic under prof. Narath, where he worked until 1919. In 1914, he received the title of prosector under prof. Laméris. (a person who dissects dead bodies for examination or anatomical demonstration – YB)

In 1910, he also was established as a practicing surgeon in Utrecht, although during the years of mobilization, he was also working as a reserve-officer of health. He was relieved of this function in 1934, with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.

On November 1, 1920, he started working as a surgeon at the municipal hospital at the Coolsingel in Rotterdam, from which function he will resign at the end of this year.

At the third centennial celebration of the RijksUniversity of Utrecht in 1936, Remijnse was promoted for his scientific contributions to medicinae doctor honoris causa. (Doctor of medicine – Y.B.)

In 1934, he received the ministerial assignment for educating interns at the surgical department of the hospital in Rotterdam, and he was appointed as an expert of the doctors’ committee at the faculty of surgery in Utrecht, by which he was once more attached to education.

Many of his articles were published in the Dutch Magazine of Surgery and foreign magazines. In 1925 and 1926 he was chairman of the Dutch Association of Surgery, since 1930, he is chairman of the Clinical Academy in Rotterdam. At the department Rotterdam of the Dutch Society to promoting surgery, he very much enjoys the trust of his fellow members, who appointed him to the chairman of the department council in 1933, in which function he also dedicated himself to social surgical questions.

31 – 01 – 1940

Prof. Dr. J. G. Remijnse says farewell

Tribute at the hospital at the Coolsingel

Yesterday, prof Dr. J.G. Remijnse, who’s been a surgeon of the hospital at the Coolsingel in Rotterdam since 1920 and who was recently appointed as professor at Utrecht, said farewell to his important profession in Rotterdam. In the doctors’ hall of the hospital, prof. Dr. J.G. Remijnse was honored by the hospital staff and the committee for the administration of municipal hospitals. Many were present for this occasion.

First, alderman (municipal councilor – Y.B.) Nivard, then Dr. S. Westra, the hospital chief, spoke. As a farewell, the hospital staff wanted to give Dr. Remijnse something, but they also wanted to keep something: that’s why the choice was made for a bronze plaque, created by artist Begeer, which shows the image of Dr. Remijnse with the years of his employment of the Rotterdam hospital. This plaque will be placed in the hospital near the surgical suites. A second casting was presented to Dr. Remijnse, to put in his home in Utrecht.

In conclusion, Dr. Westra wished the departing surgeon much happiness with the Royal award, which was presented to him by the alderman because it had pleased Her Majesty the Queen to bestow on prof. Dr. Remijnse the title of Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau.

***

Note that the end of the above clipping shows that J. G. Remijnse was an Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau. If you want to know more about this, check this link: Knight Orders.

Yvette also provided some death announcements from Dr. Remijnse’s family.

Clockwise top left:

Today passed way to our great sadness, after long and grievous suffering, our dear Mother, in-law and Grandmother

NEELTJE VEERHOEK

Widow of N. Remijnse at the age of over 78 years old.

Family Remijnse

Kapelle, July 19, 1947

The funeral was today, Tuesday.

===

Sole general announcement

Today our dear sister and sister-in-law, Mrs the widow

MARIA JOHANNA ADRIANA SILLEVIS- REMIJNSE

The Hague, September 22, 1956. Nieboerweg 21C.

On behalf of all:

Breukelen (where he lived)

Prof. Dr. J. G. Remijnse

No visitors.

===

Today, our dear mother, in-law, and grandmother, passed away in her sleep,

MARIA PIETERNELLA REMIJNSE-DE LINGY,

At the age of 83.

On behalf of all:

Dr. J.G. REMIJNSE

Rotterdam, March 7, 1938

No flowers.
No condolences.
The funeral is Thursday at 14:30 at the General Cemetary Crooswijk. (this means she was not Roman Catholic, or Jewish, they had their own cemetaries – Y.B.)

This is the sole announcement.

===

Sole and General announcement

Today passed away unexpectedly our fine Husband, Father, in-law, and Grandfather, Mister

  1. Remijnse

At the age of 69.

M.P. Remijnse-De Ligny (wife)

J.G. Remijnse (eldest son)

J.F. Remijnse – vd Made and children (Son, married to vd Made, and children)

J.P. Remijnse (son)

MJA Sillevis – Remijnse (daughter) (her anouncement is above)

A Sillevis (husband of MJA, above)

FW Remijnse (son, probably)

A Remijnse de Vrijs (son, married to De Vrijs)

Rotterdam December 11, 1923
Hoflaan 41 (adress)

No visitation.

The internment will occur at the General Cemetary Crooswijk (this means he was not Roman Catholic, or Jewish, they had their own cemetaries) on Saturday December 15 (a.s. is short voor aanstaande – meaning “this coming”  or “next” lit. the first Saturday that is to come from now.)

***

After his death the following was published in Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde (Dutch Journal of Medicine May 8 1971. 115. Number 9), one of the world’s oldest journals.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

In memoriam Prof. Dr. J.G. Remijnse –

On April 20th, 1971 Prof. Dr. Johan Gilles Remijnse passed away in Breukelen at the age of 93. He was former-professor at the RijksUniversity of Utrecht and as surgeon practiced the public praxis in Utrecht.

November 25, 1904 Remijnse was promoted and he became assistant to Prof. Narath and later chef de clinique at Prof. Lameris, who succeeded Prof. Narath.

Remijnse taught general medicine until 1920. In that year he was appointed city surgeon at the General Hospital at the Coolsingel in Rotterdam, where he succeeded Noordenbos, who had been called to Amsterdam. In this Rotterdam period Remijnse spent his happiest surgical years.

An important event voor Remijnse was receiving the doctorate in medicine honoris causa at the 300 centennial celebration of the Utrecht University.

After Remijnse said farewell to his surgical practice he was appointed Extraordinary Professor of social medicine in Utrecht. After several years, he withdrew permanently to spend more time on his hobbies.

Remijnse educated numerous surgeons. Besides operating techniques he taught students how, in his opinion, medicine would best be served. The character of his opinions was and always remained simplicity and honesty, for which he lead by example his students and coworkers in their duties as doctors.

When the milestone 90 was reached, a delegation of former-students gave him a certificate that made it clear once more how much Remijnse was appreciated by all of us. Later, a large number of his former-coworkers came to wish their ‘boss’ a happy birthday. They brought tangible evidence to show their affection for him and his wife. The ‘dernière vieillesse” had begun, but hope remained that our teacher would be around for some years to come.

The Archivum chirurgicum neerlandicum (1968, vol XX, Fasc. III) published an extensive “tribute.” In which an attempt was made to paint a portrait of the exceptional figure of Remijnse into our Homeland of surgery.

It was a huge blow for him that his wife passed away, whom he only survived by a few months. We will miss him.

Groningen, 24 April L.D. Eerland.

***

I am so glad that I stopped to follow this tangent and share my photo and Yvette’s information about Dr. Remijnse.

Someday I hope to research the uniform in the photo of the young J. G. Remijnse.

Read Full Post »

Both my maternal great-grandmothers were born in the United States, but their husbands, my great-grandfathers, were immigrants. First I will discuss my maternal grandmother’s mother, Clara Waldeck Mulder.

I lack a birth record for Clara. Michigan did not insist on birth records for many years, so my inability to find anything about her birth could be a victim of that bureaucratic lapse. Because I don’t have a birth record I do not know for sure if she even had a middle name. Her death record says NONE for middle name.

Clara’s married name, Clara Mulder, is extremely common in Michigan. Mulder is a Dutch name akin to the English Miller. Her parents and all siblings were Prussian immigrants, but she took on her husband’s Dutch name when she got married.

I’ve posted quite a bit about Clara. You can read more about Clara at My Great-Grandmother’s Lifetime of Service.

Clara was a farm wife, which is a sort of business person, and so she did not have a job which earns a salary. Since Social Security was instituted in 1935, when she was 51, she might have gotten a social security number if she had needed it for work. I do not believe she ever got her social security number. That is unfortunate because she might have applied with her place of birth (the town) and a middle name.

I already have her death certificate, which I have posted in the past, and census reports for 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940. There is no 1890 census, so my records for the census are complete for Clara. I did sponsor Clara’s page at Findagrave, but I do not manage the profile, as I do for Grandma and Grandpa. I also have Clara’s obituary (see the link above for the obit) and her headstone, which she shares with her husband–but I did not have these items loaded to my Ancestry account. I remedied that problem.

While I would love to find more information on Clara, I really could not add anything at this point, so I decided to request to manage Clara’s profile on Findagrave as my weekly task.

Clara is the third ancestor whose records I have combed for gaps, and I have updated my Ancestry records. However, I still have not transferred these records to another tree OR cleaned up my computer files for these individuals. Going to take the opportunity of a light job here to go do that! Hope the rest of your week goes very well!

Clara and Charles Mulder

50th wedding anniversary

 

 

 

Read Full Post »

Next up is Lucille Edna Mulder Zuidweg, my maternal grandmother. If you do a search for her under her maiden name (Mulder as Zuidweg is her married surname), you will find many blog posts about her, especially about her school years. I figured I had most everything available about Grandma, or Edna as she was known, but when I worked on Grandpa’s documents last week I discovered I did not have their marriage application or license. I was able to order it from St. Joseph County, Indiana, and it arrived in time for this post.

Here are their applications:

When it asks for Grandpa’s father’s name what does it say? I can’t make it out. UPDATE: with a little help from readers I now believe it says deceased. I do know grandpa‘s father‘s name was Adrian Zuidweg and Grandpa was a junior.


My mother says the reason her parents got married in Indiana is that it was much quicker and easier to get a license there than in Michigan. Also, Grandpa’s mother was dying, and Grandma needed to help take care of her. Them being married made that easier, and it certainly wasn’t a time for a wedding celebration.

This is the license:

I also found that I did not have Grandma’s birth certificate. I ordered it from Kent County, Michigan, and when it arrived, I realized that Wayne Loney, the Kalamazoo genealogist had been right about these old birth records. County just typed up the info they had, put a seal on it, and charged me. It doesn’t even have the location of her birth.

And guess what? I didn’t have Grandma’s obituary either! So here it is, thanks to the Kalamazoo Public Library:

 

I love how the obituary mentions how she used to say, “Let’s go!” Hah, so true. She also loved to sing along to Ethel Merman, but I doubt too many family members know that. She used to babysit me every day after kindergarten (and the year before that, too), so I’m sure her bashful personality felt more comfortable singing with a five-year-old than adults. She also used to sing folk songs to me, and every once in a while do a few dance steps to make me giggle.

I have treasures that belonged to Grandma and photos of her. I have the 1920, 30, and 40 census records. I have a photo of the headstone she shares with Grandpa at Mount Ever-Rest Cemetery. And I sponsored a page for her at Find-a-Grave, just as I did for Grandpa.

My grandparents–at least as the older and then elderly people I knew–had exceptionally cute personalities. I think everybody who knew them would agree with that!

Read Full Post »

I chose Adrian Zuidweg, Jr., my maternal grandfather, as the starting point for this project of filling in the information/document gaps of my direct ancestors. His family inspired the blog because of the photograph collection that Grandpa had owned, which included glass negatives from the photography of his uncle, Joseph DeKorn.

I’ve always known that Grandpa was born on 31 October 1908 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  What I didn’t realize was that I had no record or documentation of that birth! So that was the first gap I set out to fill.

I wrote Wayne Loney, the genealogist in Kalamazoo who has helped me in the past. He found Grandpa’s birth recorded on the county record birth book: book 6, page 146, record 10294. Adrian Zuidweg, white male, was born in the City of Kalamazoo to father Adrian Zuidweg and mother Cora DeKorn. Adrian Sr’s place of birth was listed as Holland, and Cora’s was not listed. The residence was Kalamazoo. Adrian Sr.’s occupation was “Fish Dealer.” Yes, he owned a fish market.

Wayne shared a tip with me: not to order a birth certificate from county because they would just type up the same info that the record shows, affix their seal, and charge me for it. I took his advice, so I am just posting the following (he’s second to last):

As I continued down my list of the most basic documents for genealogy, I realized that I also did not have a record of the 21 May 1932 marriage of my grandparents. They were married in Indiana, not Michigan, and I had not been able to find the record before. This time, I found enough information online to order the marriage record and certificate from St. Joseph County. They have my request, and I am awaiting the documents.

I had 3 of the 4 census records that would be available. I had a copy of 1910, 1920, and 1930, but did not have 1940. His name didn’t come up in a search for that one, but knowing how often his name was mangled, I decided to search by address instead. And there I found Grandpa with Grandma, mom, and my uncle. See lines 6-9 below.

There is a military record for Grandpa, although he was too young for WWI and too old for WWII. He registered for WW2, though.

At one time I made a Findagrave profile for him, and I have a photograph of the headstone he shares with Grandma.

I also have Grandpa’s death certificate because when I undertook the project of searching specifically for death records of my direct ancestors I located it.

Question for researchers: what is the best way to find out a burial date? I can assume in many cases that it is the date of the funeral, which I can get from most obituaries. Are there other ways to make sure?

With this new emphasis on filling in the gaps, I saw that I did not have Grandpa’s obituary. So I contacted the Kalamazoo Public Library and they found two obituaries in the Kalamazoo Gazette, published one day apart. I will post them here. Here is the first one:

With this information, I would say that Grandpa’s burial occurred on Saturday, April 15, 2000.

The next one mentions a brave and scary time in my grandfather’s life when he stood up against other people.

 

Here is a transcription of the second obit.

Adrian Zuidweg’s work ethic, friendliness, and reputation for honesty probably would have been enough by themselves to ensure his success as the owner of a gas station.

But Zuidweg added to that a desire to give his customers the absolute lowest price he could on gasline, which endeared him to the gas-buying public, but didn’t win him friends among other gas station owners.

“He always wanted to try to give his customers the lowest possible price he could provide them and still make money,” said his son, Donald Zuidweg. “He got a lot of static from the Retail Gasoline Dealers Association, but he did his own thing.”

Zuidweg’s Sunoco station on South Burdick at Balch Street was front-page news in 1965 when other service station operators and employees, upset that he was charging 31 cents a gallon to their 34 cents, formed a gas-pump blockade, lining up for a nickel or dime’s worth of gas each and insisting that Zuidweg check their oil and water and wash their windshields as part of the bargain.

Zuidweg said he made about $1 during the three-hour blockade.

The ploy backfired, however, when customers who read about his lower prices in the newspaper showed up the next day to fill their tanks.

Zuidweg, a lifelong Kalamazoo area resident who died Thursday at his Portage residence at the age of 91, was a hard-worker who always mnaged to find time for his family, said Donald Zuidweg, who began helping his father when he was 4 and continued working at the station until he was through with graduate studies.

“I think I learned as much about business and people (by) working with him as I did in school.” Donald Zuidweg said.

“He worked very hard six days a week, but never worked on Sunday,” the son said. “We always had family time on Sunday.”

Although Adrian Zuidweg tried to give his customers the best deal he could, he also made sure his family had all they needed.

“He always provided for his family and put three kids through college,” his son said.

Zuidweg, who was born Oct. 31, 1908, in Kalamazoo, left school in his teens because his parents became ill and he had to take care of them.

His first job was working in the fish market his family owned. When they sold it, he started a garden and would walk north on Burdick, peddling his produce to neighbors.

After that, he worked at a confectionary owned by his father, which he eventually razed and replaced with the service station he ran until his retirement in 1972.

Zuidweg retired before self-service gasoline stations came into vogue, but understood the reasons for the changes in the business, his son said.

“It bothered him at first to see women have to fill up their own cars, but he knew that . . . (times were) changing,” Donald Zuidweg said.

Adrian Zuidweg and his wife, Edna, loved to travel and ventured farther and farther from home as time went on.

“After all of us (children) were through college, he and my mother went around the world several times,” Donald Zuidweg said.

Adrian Zuidweg was a member of First United Methodist Church in Kalamazoo for more than 60 years and served as Sunday school treasurer for nearly half that time.

Surviving are Edna, his wife of 67 years, two daughters and a son, Janet and Rudy Hanson and Donald and Jean Zuidweg of Kalamazoo and Alice Carpentier of Portage, six grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church, 212 S. Park, with burial in Mount Ever Rest Cemetery.

I remember when the gas war happened because my father was there at the station and came home telling my mother about it. Although the obituary doesn’t mention it, my father said that the men threatened violence against Grandpa.

Grandpa stood up for what he thought was right.

Read Full Post »

Over two years ago I published this post, asking for the identity of a girl in a photo I discovered. I have another clue now, which I will post at the end.

***

The photograph was created from a glass negative taken by Joseph DeKorn. All of his photographs were taken between approximately 1895 and 1918, and the majority were shot in Kalamazoo.

Although I don’t know who this lovely girl is, I have hopes that I can eventually discover her identity. The juxtaposition of the two houses might lead to a solution, for instance.

Any ideas on the time period of the dress, hair, and shoes (within that 1895-1918 range)?

I remember wearing tights that bagged at the knees like these stockings. Do you think they are cotton?

I’ll put Balch Street and Burdick Street in the tags for this post, just in case it was taken in the neighborhood where Joseph lived.

***

OK, THE NEW CLUE.

I found another photo of the girl, taken probably at the same time, at the same place, but with the addition of an adult Alice Leeuwenhoek, but most likely before her marriage to Clarence Moerdyk.  The above photo was made from a glass negative, but this one was an actual photograph I found in a different family collection.

Alice was born in 1897, so can we say that this photo is somewhere around 1917?

 

Read Full Post »

 

Joy Neal Kidney has written a lovely review of my family history poetry and flash prose chapbook Kin types. Thank you so much, Joy. While you’re over there, check out Joy’s great blog if you haven’t already done so!

 

Kin Types by Luanne Castle

 

Kin Types can be purchased by using the photo as a link to get to Amazon.

Read Full Post »

« Newer Posts - Older Posts »