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November 23, 2017

Surnames A-Z: H Names

There's a new meme going around Facebook right now. Genealogists are listing their mother's maiden name, father's surname, maternal and paternal grandparents' surnames and a few more generations back.

It's a cute idea but I don't think it's wise to be providing such detail, especially your mother's maiden name, as it is often the secret question asked on sites where you require a password to log in.

So I'm revising the meme to suit me and I hope others will follow suit, either here as a comment on Olive Tree Genealogy blog, or on their own blog.

Over the coming weeks I'll be listing my surnames starting with "A" and going through the alphabet until I reach "Z".

I'll preface this with a caveat - most surnames are more common than you might think, so sharing a surname doesn't mean we're related. To be completely useful any surname list should have a geographic location and a time period. But this is just a fun little exercise and if you spot a name of interest, just let me know and we'll compare dates and locations.

H SURNAMES: Haldi, Hansen, Harman, Harrison, Haull, Hellman, Hendricksdr., Herbert, Herschi, Hertel, Hervagault, Heuser, Higginson, Hinds, Hogben, Holden, Holford, Hommel, Hooper, Hougham, Howell, Hubbard, Hummel, Hunsicker, Hutchford

Join me - maybe we connect! Find previous surnames on Surnames A-Z

November 21, 2017

Surnames A-Z: L Names

There's a new meme going around Facebook right now. Genealogists are listing their mother's maiden name, father's surname, maternal and paternal grandparents' surnames and a few more generations back.

It's a cute idea but I don't think it's wise to be providing such detail, especially your mother's maiden name, as it is often the secret question asked on sites where you require a password to log in.

So I'm revising the meme to suit me and I hope others will follow suit, either here as a comment on Olive Tree Genealogy blog, or on their own blog.

Over the coming weeks I'll be listing my surnames starting with "A" and going through the alphabet until I reach "Z".

I'll preface this with a caveat - most surnames are more common than you might think, so sharing a surname doesn't mean we're related. To be completely useful any surname list should have a geographic location and a time period. But this is just a fun little exercise and if you spot a name of interest, just let me know and we'll compare dates and locations.

L SURNAMES: Lambshead, Laming, Larroway, Latcham, Lauw, Le Roy, Le Roy-dit-Audy, Limbrey, Linnen, Longe, Lucas, Ludewigs, Lydecker, Lymacher

Join me - maybe we connect! Find previous surnames on Surnames A-Z

November 20, 2017

An Interesting New Netherland Connection

Here is an interesting and intriguing will filed in by Susanne vandeWater on 20 September 1653. At least one New Netherland settler is mentioned.

Seal of New Netherland
Susannetge van de Water weduwe van Franchois Willemsz herroept alle voorgaande testamenten en codicillen. Zij legateert en prelegateert de navolgende mensen. De kinderen van haar broer Abraham Abrahams van de Water te Dordrecht, haar neef Isaacq van de Water te Amsterdam nagelaten zoon van haar broer Pieter van de Water, de kinderen van haar overleden broer Joost van de Water te weten Ariaentge Joosten, Sara Joosten, en Isaacq Joosten, Elijsabeth Cornelisdr dochter van Grietge Jansdr, de kinderen van Jacob Standoncq te weten Jan Standoncq en Sijmen Standoncq verwekt bij zijn vrouw Ariaentge, Paulus Jansz Standonck de Jonge met een obligatie ten laste van Hubert Caijmacxschild voor de koop van een huis gekocht door genoemde Paulus Standoncq de Jonge en gelegen aan de Cordewagenstraat, aan Michiel Couweberg, ysermaker, 100 gulden plus een pak kleren van Paules Standoncq de Oude, aan haar dienstmaagd Grietge Pietersdr of Elijsabeth Pietersdr, aan Maria Damen wonend te Nieuw Nederlant, aan Willem Pietersz, bouwman, en zijn vrouw Elijsabeth Joppen, aan Annetge Joppen wonend in de Beijerlanden, aan Cathalijntge Pietersdr dochter van Pieter Corstiaen, aan de armen van de kerk 2 obligaties ten laste van Arij van de Marel, aan Gijbert Huijen van der Swiep voor haar begrafenis.als enige en universele ergenaam benoemd zij haar zuster Sara van de Water weduwe van Govert Govertsz.

Translation:   Susannetge vandeWater widow of Franchois Willemsz repeals all previous wills and codicils. She explains and preges the following people. The children of her brother Abraham Abrahams van Water in Dordrecht, her cousin Isaacq van Water in Amsterdam, neglected son of her brother Pieter van de Water, the children of her deceased brother Joost van de Water, Ariaentge Joosten, Sara Joosten, and Isaacq Joosten, Elijsabeth Cornelisdr daughter of Grietge Jansdr, the children of Jacob Standoncq, Jan Standoncq and Sijmen Standoncq, acquires his wife Ariaentge, Paul Jansz Standonck de Jonge, with a bond charged to Hubert Caijmacxschild for the purchase of a house bought by the said Paul Standoncq de Jonge and located on the Cordewagenstraat, Michiel Couweberg, ysermaker, 100 guilders plus a suit of Paules Standoncq de Oude, to her maidservant Grietge Pietersdr or Elisabeth Pietersdr, to Maria Damen residing at Nieuw Nederlant, to Willem Pietersz, bouwman , and his wife Elijsabeth Joppen, at Annetge Joppen residing in the Beijerland, to Cathalijntge Pietersdr daughter of Pieter Corsti aen, to the poor of the church 2 bonds charged to Arij van de Marel, to Gijbert Huijen van der Swiep for her funeral.s sole and universal surname she appointed her sister Sara van de Water widow of Govert Govertsz.

Source:  Datering:     20-sep-1653
Aktenummer:     382
Bladzijden:     377 t/m 378
Standplaats:     Rotterdam
Notaris:     Vitus Mustelius Woutersz
Akteplaats:     Rotterdam
Aktesoort:     testament
oegangsnummer:     18 Notarissen te Rotterdam en daarin opgegane gemeenten (ONA)
Inventarisnummer:     504
Organisatie: Stadsarchief Rotterdam

November 19, 2017

Nursing Sister Philips WW1 Photo Album 8 V

This Photo Archive consists of a small autograph album (6.5" by 5.25") kept by Constance (Connie) Philips as a memento of her time serving as a nurse during World War One.

The majority of the photos and items are from 1915, when she served as a nurse in France and Britain.

The album and all photographs, postcards, and other ephemera contained in the album belong to Karin Armstrong and may not be copied or republished without her written permission. The images will be published on Olive Tree Genealogy with permission.

Each image has been designated an "R" for Recto or a "V" for Verso plus an album page number. Recto is the right-hand side page of a bound book while Verso is the left-hand side page.

I will be posting the entire album and my additional research on the individuals identified in Connie's album over the coming months so please check back frequently to view these historic photos. The easiest way to see what has been published is to click on the topic "Nursing Sister WW1 Photos"



November 18, 2017

Surnames A-Z: F Names

There's a new meme going around Facebook right now. Genealogists are listing their mother's maiden name, father's surname, maternal and paternal grandparents' surnames and a few more generations back.

It's a cute idea but I don't think it's wise to be providing such detail, especially your mother's maiden name, as it is often the secret question asked on sites where you require a password to log in.

So I'm revising the meme to suit me and I hope others will follow suit, either here as a comment on Olive Tree Genealogy blog, or on their own blog.

Over the coming weeks I'll be listing my surnames starting with "A" and going through the alphabet until I reach "Z".

I'll preface this with a caveat - most surnames are more common than you might think, so sharing a surname doesn't mean we're related. To be completely useful any surname list should have a geographic location and a time period. But this is just a fun little exercise and if you spot a name of interest, just let me know and we'll compare dates and locations.

F SURNAMES: Faierman, Flood, Fox, Frances, Freende, Friar, Fuller

Join me - maybe we connect! Find previous surnames on Surnames A-Z

November 17, 2017

Surnames A-Z: J Names

There's a new meme going around Facebook right now. Genealogists are listing their mother's maiden name, father's surname, maternal and paternal grandparents' surnames and a few more generations back.

It's a cute idea but I don't think it's wise to be providing such detail, especially your mother's maiden name, as it is often the secret question asked on sites where you require a password to log in.

So I'm revising the meme to suit me and I hope others will follow suit, either here as a comment on Olive Tree Genealogy blog, or on their own blog.

Over the coming weeks I'll be listing my surnames starting with "A" and going through the alphabet until I reach "Z".

I'll preface this with a caveat - most surnames are more common than you might think, so sharing a surname doesn't mean we're related. To be completely useful any surname list should have a geographic location and a time period. But this is just a fun little exercise and if you spot a name of interest, just let me know and we'll compare dates and locations.

J SURNAMES: Jackson, Jacobs, Jacquet, Jaeckel, Jamieson, Johnston

Join me - maybe we connect! Find previous surnames on Surnames A-Z