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About Johannes Blomberg, a father of ten.

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Here in Australia Father's Day is the first Sunday in September but it wouldn't have mattered to my father. He thought that as long as he loved and looked after his family and was loved in return, that was enough for him. No need for a special day.

Father's Day is very much a twentieth century creation. Before that, in Roman Catholic Europe, St Joseph's Feast on 19th March was the day for celebrating fatherhood and paternal influence and values. However, my family, at least as far as I can trace back, were all protestant.

I have many large families in the tree and looking at these rows of children I do wonder, how did the fathers cope? How hard was it to feed that many mouths, keep them clothed, housed, educated?

One such large family was my great great grandfather Johannes Blomberg's family of ten. He was born 3 March 1828, Meppel, Drenthe, The Netherlands, to Jan Jansen Bloemberg, forty five years old, and his third wife Willemina Anna Krol, aged thirty six year…

Going to the Chapel

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Week 23 (June 4-10) Going to the chapel . The first time my ancestors would go to chapel was to be christened, so I'm going to take a closer look at a record I have for this event.

Reinier Scherius was baptised on Wednesday, 18 July 1810, by Rev. Hugenholtz, at the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), Amsterdam and it states also that he was born on 12 June. Source: Amsterdam City Archives, Church records baptisms
SAA Index op doopregister, Amsterdam,archive 5001, DTB 62, p.202(oud pag. 147), nr.5


Firstly, I'm impressed by the beautiful, clear handwriting. The registration would be completed by the Reverend who performed the baptism.  However, looking through the rest of the page, it all seems the same handwriting to me, so maybe it was a deacon's job to keep the register up to date.  
Now who was the Reverend Hugenholtz, who baptised Reinier? Research reveals that he was very likely a member of the Dutch noble family Hugenholtz who since 1710 provided preachers to the Dutch Reformed Ch…

So Far Away from Holland

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This week's prompt (week 22) - Far Away,  gave me a reason to work out the mapping feature included in one of the better known online genealogy websites and I have shown here the map it generated.

A very handy feature, because by clicking on a balloon you get a pop up showing the individual associated with that place. You can then also go in and edit the location if it happens to be wrong. For example, at first I had a person showing up in Bolivia! I knew that it couldn't be possible and when I checked it was meant to be a town in South Africa.

It also shows a bird's eye view of the family's spread around the globe. It is clear that many in the family strayed rather far from their hometown in the Netherlands.

The biggest cluster is still in Europe, mostly The Netherlands and then Germany. A surprise pops up with the balloon in the USA, Charlotte in North Carolina. This belongs to a Jansen Appelo, my grandfather's cousin.  On reflection, it is not so strange. After…

Garde d'Honneur - military honor or hostage?

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I looked through the family tree for inspiration to write for the week 21 prompt  of "military" and found that we are not a "military" family. I have found only one career soldier so far, at least in my direct lines. My great grandmother Charlotte Nagel's father was Captain in the Infantry in the Dutch East Indies.

However, with a predominantly Dutch family history my male ancestors were affected by the conscription introduced in 1810 when the Kingdom of Holland was part of the French Empire under Napoleon. All men aged 20 years or older had to register. A lottery then determined who would be enlisting in the French army. This system was retained even after French rule ended in 1813 with the defeat of the French army at the battle of Leipzig in October and the reinstatement of the monarchy with the return of Prince William Frederik of Orange-Nassau on 30th November 1813 to the Netherlands. Of course, the "winners" in this lottery now joined the Dutch…