Another famous relative

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Inspired by my previous discovery I started browsing through some of the internet-published ancestries of famous Dutch people. A helpful resource is the website linked to an earlier genealogical television program in the Netherlands called Verre Verwanten (distant relatives).

The idea behind this program was a bit different. They would invite one famous Dutch person and one ‘ordinary’ person. For the Dutch celeb they would find the earliest relative that would be of humble situation. The ordinary person was selected based on his descendancy of a famous historical figure. By gradually moving back in time they would discuss historical facts, professions, and all sorts of trivia related to the people they were tracking. This was done in the form of a quiz where the number of correct answers along the way were the number of hints they would receive at the end towards guessing the profession of the poor ancester of the famous person, and the identity of the famous ancestor of the ordinary person. All would be revealed in the end and the information of the family history traversed was published on the website which (thankfully) still exists today.

verre verwantenThe show that is relevant today was the fifth episode of the second series which aired februari 1st 2005. The two guests were Loes Luca (famous dutch actress and singer) and Jan Groneman. Their family history had been research by the Central bureau of Genealogy (CBG) in the Netherlands. As it turns out, I share a common ancestor with Loes Luca.

Interestingly, Loes Luca was born in Rotterdam with a lot of her ancestry in that area of the Netherlands as wel. This coincides with a lot of ancestry on my mother’s side. The link however is on my father’s side, more specifically on his mother’s side. This family is called Mudde. Mudde is interesting in it’s own right as this is where I get my Scottish heritage about which I posted previously. So Loes Luca also has Scottish roots (but may not yet know about it…)

Let’s see how Loes is part of the Mudde family tree. Her father was named Luca (as you would expect) and his father was married to a Mrs Catharina Wilhelmina Pons. Pons is a well known and well researched name in the Rotterdam Area. Her father, Louis Hendrik Pons, born in Kralingen, which is now part of Rotterdam, on 10 okt. 1869, was a Masoner, and married to Aaltje de Bruijn. Aaltje was born in Lekkerkerk on the 12th of November 1870. Lekkerkerk is where my great-great grandfather Leendert Mudde was born in 1818. This really is Mudde-territory. It was John Thomasz (Jan Teunisz Muddi that moved there from Rotterdam in somewhere in his life between 1678 and 1736. You see the English name still used. His father was born in Masterton, Scotland. That’s why Lekkerkerk is so important as a basis for this family.

Loes LucaLet’s get back to Aaltje de Bruijn. Her father Cornelis was married to Hester Oudenaarde, born around 1834 in Lekkerkerk. The Oudenaarde name was the trigger for me to check into this family relation as it was present in my data. It is her grandfather, Claas Gerritse Oudenaarde, who is married to a Mudde. Hester Mudde, born in 1780. It takes two more generations to find our common ancestor: first Ernst Mudde, Hester’s father and then Jacob Jansz Muddi, born July 10 1712 in Lekkerkerk. There we have the common ancestor, together with his wife Hester Ernst van Rheenen, baptised February 14 1719 in Lekkerkerk.

I must say here, Welcome to the Mudie Clan, dear Loes! 

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Common Ancestor

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It’s always nice to find that somehow you’re related to someone famous. Today, I found a link like that. The source was a television program Verborgen Verleden which is the Dutch version of ‘who do you think you are’. This episode was about Maarten van Rossem, an historian that regularly appears on Dutch television.

In the show they told us his mother’s maiden name was Nolen. That rang a little bell since I had seen that name before. I started the genealogy program I use (aldfaer), which is very popular in the Netherlands, and hit search. And there he was, Johannes Hugo Nolen, married to Maaike Barendrecht, the daughter of one of my ancestors.

This Johannes however, wasn’t an ancestor of Maarten van Rossem so I had to look into the familyhistory of Johannes a bit. His father was Johannes Nolen, married in october 1814 to Catharina Barendregt. As it turns out, another son of his is the ancestor of Maarten van Rossem, Willem Nolen. Still no common ancestor there.

The interesting thing however is the recurrence of the Barendrecht / Barendregt name. Apperently the Nolen family was rather friendly towards the Barendrecht family. This could still provide me with a link. So I started to research the ancestry of Catharina Barendregt. And a few generations back, I meet up with the Barendregt ancestors I had seen previously for Maaike. So now we find the Common ancestor, Gerrit Barendrecht, born around 1684 in Pendrecht, Rhoon, and his wife Marijtje Cornelisse Klijnen.

It is my mother that descends from these Barendregt / Barendrecht folks via my grandmother. Both were born in Rotterdam. In fact, it’s Adriana Barendrecht, born in 1827 that’s the first Barendrecht in that family lineage. She married Bastiaan Vaandrager, and her daughter Aryna Adriana Vaandrager gave her first names to my grandmother, which was her granddaughter.

One more coincidence is that his father died in Ede, the place where I now live…

So here’s the ancestry of Maarten van Rossem until it connects with mine:

Maarten van Rossem

Ancestors of Maarten van Rossem

Generation N° 1

1 Maarten van Rossem, born on 24-10-1943 in Zeist.

Generation N° 2

2 Gerard van Rossem, born on 18-10-1919 in Delft. Gerard died on 26-12-1990 in Ede, at the age of 71 years.
He married at the age of 23 years on 16-01-1943 in Delft. The marriage was engaged with:

3 Hubertha Gerarda Nolen, at the age of 23 years, born on 21-12-1919 in Nijmegen.

Child of Gerard and Hubertha Gerarda:

I. Maarten


Generation N° 3

6 Henri George Nolen, born on 30-06-1890 in Rotterdam. Henri George died on 08-04-1986 in Rheden, at the age of 95 years.
He married at the age of 25 years on 13-03-1916 in Katwijk. The marriage was engaged with:

7 Hubertha Gerarda van Walsem, at the age of 22 years, born on 13-03-1894 in Katwijk. Hubertha Gerarda died on 13-04-0197 in Ede, at the age of 1696 years.

Child of Henri George and Hubertha Gerarda:

I. Hubertha Gerarda


Generation N° 4

12 Willem Nolen, born on 31-07-1854 in Rotterdam. Willem died on 24-03-1939 in Den Haag, at the age of 84 years.
He married at the age of 28 years on 31-05-1883 in Sint Oedenrode. The marriage was engaged with:

13 Daniëla Anna de Chaufepié, at the age of 27 years, born on 31-03-1856 in Sint Oedenrode. Daniëla Anna died on 19-01-1928 in Den Haag, at the age of 71 years.

Child of Willem and Daniëla Anna:

I. Henri George


Generation N° 5

24 Willem Nolen, born about 1821 in Oost en West Barendrecht.
He married at the age of ±22 years on 03-05-1843 in Rotterdam. The marriage was engaged with:

25 Jenneke Braacx, at the age of about 28 years, born about 1815 in Rotterdam.

Child of Willem and Jenneke:

I. Willem


Generation N° 6

48 Johannes Nolen, born about 1788 in Ridderkerk.
He married at the age of ±26 years on 06-10-1814 in Barendrecht. The marriage was engaged with:

49 Catharina Barendregt, at the age of about 23 years, born about 1791 in Barendrecht.

Children of Johannes and Catharina:

I. Johannes Hugo
He married on 20-03-1846 in Katendrecht to Maaike Barendrecht, born on 07-08-1824 in Katendrecht, South Holland, Netherlands, daughter of Wouter Jansz Barendrecht and Stijntje Aartsd / Steijntje van Gent.
II. Willem


Generation N° 7

96 Willem Nolen, born about 1764 in Barendrecht. He was baptized on 23-04-1764 in Barendrecht. Willem died on 07-01-1837 in Ridderkerk, at the age of about 73 years.
He married to :

97 Jannetje / Jannigje Kranendonk / Kraanendonk, born about 1763 in Ridderkerk. She was baptized on 18-09-1763 in Ridderkerk. Jannetje / Jannigje died on 08-02-1835 in Ridderkerk, at the age of about 72 years.

Child of Willem and Jannetje / Jannigje:

I. Johannes

98 Gerrit Leendertsz Barendregt, born about 1741 in Hoogvliet. Gerrit Leendertsz died about 1818, at the age of about 77 years.
He married at the age of ±44 years on 16-10-1785 in Heerjansdam. The marriage was engaged with:


99 Lijsabeth / Elisabet Rokusdr van der Gijp, at the age of about 26 years, born about 1759 in Heerjansdam. She was baptized on 12-05-1759. Lijsabeth / Elisabet Rokusdr died on 29-04-1820, at the age of about 61 years.

Child of Gerrit Leendertsz and Lijsabeth / Elisabet Rokusdr:

I. Catharina


Generation N° 8

192 Johannes Nolen, born about 1739 in Barendrecht.
He married to :

193 Crijntje van der Boon, born about 1739 in Barendrecht.

Child of Johannes and Crijntje:

I. Willem

194 Huijg Kranendonk, born on 05-03-1713 in Ridderkerk. He was baptized on 05-03-1713 in Ridderkerk. Huijg died on 27-03-1793 in Ridderkerk, at the age of 80 years.
He married to :


195 Rijmpje Leeuwenburg. She was baptized on 10-06-1736 in Ridderkerk. Rijmpje died on 05-09-1822 in Ridderkerk.

Child of Huijg and Rijmpje:

I. Jannetje / Jannigje

196 Leendert Gerrits Barendregt. He was baptized on 22-09-1715 in Barendrecht. Leendert Gerrits died about 1798.
He married on 24-04-1740 in Charlois. The marriage was engaged with:


197 Lena Ariens Cleijne. She was baptized on 27-01-1715 in Charlois.

Child of Leendert Gerrits and Lena Ariens:

I. Gerrit Leendertsz

198 Rokus Hendriks van der Gijp
He 4 :


199 Catharina Joosten van Dijk

Child of Rokus Hendriks and Catharina Joosten:

I. Lijsabeth / Elisabet Rokusdr


Generation N° 9


392 Gerrit Barendregt, born about 1684 in Pendrect, Rhoon, Zuid Holland, NL. Gerrit died about 1778, at the age of about 94 years.

He married at the age of ±26 years on 27-04-1710 in Charlois. The marriage was engaged with:


393 Marijtje Cornelisze Klijnen / Clijnen. She was baptized on 20-06-1688 in Charlois.

Children of Gerrit and Marijtje Cornelisze:

I. Marijtje. She was baptized on 18-01-1711 in Charlois.
II. Cornelis Gerritse, born on 03-07-1712 in Charlois.
He married at the age of 35 years on 19-05-1748 in Charlois to Maaijke Gijsbertse Zwaal / Swaal / Swael, daughter of Gijsbert (Hendriksz) Zwaal / Swaal / Swael and Neeltje Jansdr Lagendijk. She was baptized on 03-03-1726 in Charlois.
III. Leendert Gerrits

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Why I started in the first place…

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Genealogy isn’t generally a hobby of people aged below 70 (no offence). And I’m 36 at this time. Why did I start?

The reason is a medical one. My son was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis in 2006 and I wanted to know where the heck that came from. I now know that genealogy wasn’t going to answer that question, but once I was hooked, it didn’t go away…

Cystic Fibrosis is a hereditary disease that only occurs when both parents pass the recessive faulty gene to the child. This disease is most common in caucasian people. one in thirty are carriers. Other races have a much lower incidence of this genetic defect. In a sense, this means that historically the desease must have come into existence after the separation of races…

If one in thirty is a carrier, one in 900 couples are both carriers. one in four of their children will statistically have this disease with half of them being carriers themselves. This means that an average of one in 3600 babies born from Caucasian parents will have CF. In the Netherlands that’s about 55 children yearly.

What does genealogy have to do with this? Well, I needed a way to cope with this diagnosis and searching where it came from helped me deal with it. I was hoping to find higher than average child mortality in families in specific branches of the familytree. And though I have found a number of indications, there’s no way to prove anything. Also the statistics simply fail. Let’s look at that.

If a CF defect exists in a line of the tree, only one in thirty marriages within that tree will have a one in four chance of having a CF-kid. this means that chances to find these kids are slim to say the least. Then there is the simple problem of finding all that information. You’ld need complete families, all the kids, you need the dates. that’s difficult in it’s own right. And with a one in four chance, there might be no CF children or many more than expected…

As little as 60 years ago a child wouldn’t live more than a year so the death would be indicative. However, children could die from polio, dysentherie, cholera, plague and a score of other diseases. Then there are the natural disasters and famines. One needs to correct for these factors that will increase child mortality as well…

I haven’t found a way to analyze all data in the gedcom I created in the meantime that would actually give me pointers to possible families with CF-occurence. In fact, this is really difficult to do. Any pointers you may have are valuable to me!

In the mean time I found out that genealogy research is in fact a nice hobby, very interesting to do and enjoyable in it’s own right. I like to find out what my ancestors were doing and why I am who I am. I like the stories and some of those end up posted here. I hope you’ll enjoy these stories and comment on them.

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How Names Change over Time

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A name isn’t necessarily the same as time passes. This can be a big hurdle when you’re doing genealogy research. In this post I’ll introduce you to one of these varying name problems I encountered.

When researching my mothers ancestry I found an ancestor with the name Tombroek. In fact: Clasina Dorothea Tombroek. She’s born the first of February of 1820 in Rotterdam. That is not a well known or frequent name. It’s pretty rare. I expected things to be rather easy. Added to that the location, Rotterdam. Rotterdam is a good place to hunt for ancestors. Lot’s of archive material is available online at

Digital Familytree Rotterdam. Soon I found that this particular person was also found under names like Tombrick and Sombroek. Now the search becomes a lot wider. The nice thing about the site I mentioned is that you can actually use combinations of wild-cards to search. Searching for ?ombr*k would yield lots of results. That way you still don’t find all variations. How about Toubroek and Tonbroek?. These names you can find searching for Clasina’s Father Arnoldus.

Arnoldus is married to Elizabeth Poulus. Ahem… Also known as Elisabeth and Elizabetha, and also known as Paulus and Paulis. I’m still trying to figure out her ancestry. The problem could well be that her father’s name was written entirely differently…..All I know is that she’s probably from Kralingen, a place now part of Rotterdam… Any information is very welcome as you can imagine….

Back to the Tombroek story. The grandfather of Clasina is the first one that shows some of the origin of the name. Here one variation is Ten Broek, which means so much as ‘living close to a little stream of water’. His full name? Gerardus (or Gerrit) Tombroek / Ten Broek / Sombroek / Tenbroek / Tonbroek.

The last person I want to mention here is his father. Bernardus Tenbroek, buried August the 3rd of 1782 in Rotterdam. He is also the oldes ancestor I found in this particular part of the tree. And he is the only one is this delineage that only has one spelling variant. (as far as I can tell at this moment…)

Why does this happen? Well, it’s quite easy actually. Most people couldn’t write well so they would say their name when they had to be registered for birth, baptism, marriage or death and burial. The clerk would then write down what he had made of it. Different clerks make different spellings. Apparently these people weren’t very clear in their pronunciation… Once the ‘Burgerlijke Stand’ (civil registration) was introduced, most names froze at the spelling of the time… Still, people with different last names could well be related to each other, and to me…

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My ancient Scottish Heritage.

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Yes it is true, I have Scottish ancestors, but it’s a long time ago. Let’s tell you a story of how I found the information.

My grandmother on father’s side has Mudde as a surname. I wanted to trace her ancestry beyond what I could find on paper (as my grandfather had done some limited genealogy in the war to prove he had non-Jewish ancestry) and what I could find on some online resources like and . So I used google to search a bit for Mudde in combination with genealogie (Dutch spelling of genealogy).

I found a bulletin board-entry of a person who was seeking information on Muddes because of an inheritance issue. The post was years old, but I tried to contact him and was successful. He answered my E-mail. As it turned out, he lives in Canada and the case was resolved years ago. A Dutch notary had done a lot of research on Mudde and he still had a copy of the complete data and – more importantly – was willing to send it to me. As it turned out, that was a very valuable resource for me. Let’s look into some facts i found in there.

First of all, my grandmother was listed and the information was completely in line with what I had already. Secondly, this other person was in there as well, so we in fact are related. Thirdly, this notary had done his homework and traced the origin of the Mudde ancestry all the way to about 1500 in Scotland.

Robert Mudie, born about 1510, married to Catherin Mudy, had at least one son, Thomas Mudie, born about 1535 in Masterton, Fife, Scotland. There you have it. This is actually information you can find on as well. One son of Thomas Mudie and his wife Beatrix Lun was also called Robert Mudie, born about 1556 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, died in Masterton, Schotland on 13-08-1640 (note that I use the Dutch way of writing down dates….). He has a grandson (I’m not going to manually type out the complete genealogy, have a search yourself if you want more…) Thomas Mudie (the naming is indeed very original…), baptized on 28-01-1621 in Dunfermline, married Elizabeth Steven who was actually born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands… They married on 06-10-1664 in Rotterdam and started their family there. His job was Sailor. I would guess that his work brought him to Rotterdam, a city with a harbour (and today the largest harbour in Europe…)

Gradually the name changed in Muddi, then Mudde. Leendert Mudde, born 07-04-1751 in Lekkerkerk was my first ancestor with Mudde as his surname. Lekkerkerk still has a lot of Mudde-people and I would say it’s the Dutch Center for this name. Gouderak is a town close by and that’s where my great grandfather Simon Mudde  was born in 10-10-1860. He was married twice. My grandmother was born from his second marriage, as was Jacob Antonie Mudde (see my previous post). 

I guess that I own a lot to the Notary, who’s name I don’t know, that found this information originally. So a great THANK YOU to him!

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Relative Who Died in World War II

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Many people in Europe will have one or more relatives who died in World War II. I’m no exception. An uncle of my father was one of the unlucky people who was inprisoned for hiding a jewish child. He died in Germany in Hamburg.

I allready knew this story – or at least fragments of it because my father had talked about it a few times. Then a few searches on the internet revealed some more detailed information and I was quite surprised.

I found the site where war graves of casualties from the World War II are listed. And so was my father’s uncle Jacob Antonie Mudde. Even better was the fact that his profession was mentioned, and a picture of his tombstone. I never expected to find that.

I then found (international tracing service) where I requested more information. I got a copy of his prisoner card from Camp Vught amongst other things.

He was commited to the concentration camp Herzogenbusch (Vught) on  May 19th 1944, was later transfered via Amsterdam to Concentration Camp Neuengamme and died in prison Hamburg on  November 12th 1944 at 7 pm from dysentery. They also sent me a copy of his deathdocument (sterbeurkunde).

This way a relative I never knew (Wasn’t born yet) becomes a lot closer. Also the war comes much closer. It may be over 60 years ago that he died, He certainly isn’t forgotten.

Hope you liked this post, don’t hesitate to comment.

WIllem Kossen

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How to search your Dutch Ancestry?

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!!! GLO-O-O-O-RIA !!!To say it’s simple would be wrong. But there is a lot of information available, even on the internet. Let’s just post a simple step-by-step plan to get you started.

1. Start with you and the things you know. Try to get back at least a 100 years or things will be difficult!

2. The ‘burgelijke stand’ is the registration in the Netherlands of all Dutch citizens. Data about births older than 100 years, Marriages older than 75 years and deaths older than 50 years are public, though not necessarily publicized on the internet. The best tool for searching in the ‘burgelijke stand’ is Though not (by far) complete yet, this will probably help you along quite nicely.

3. Before the ‘burgelijke stand’ was installed by Napoleon in 1811 (few years later in the North of the Netherlands) churches were responsible for registration of people. They would register marriages, baptisms and burials. Many of these records have been digitized and are available on the internet, many have not. This way you will probably be able to go back to the 17th century.

4. before the 17th century the chance your name was written down somewhere was slim unles you ‘were someone’. Nobility and important citizens would be noted somewhere and some records still exist. Note that these records are not necessarily very reliable. Many are available on the internet and it’s quite possible to chase your roots back to the likes of Charlemagne and his ancestry. A good resource for that is

5. Note that actually visiting the archives themselves will remain necessary, especially if you want to create a story, rather than a long list of names and dates…

Good luck
Willem Kossen

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My name is Kossen

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Hoornsche Vaart, AlkmaarWhere to start? Well, myself would be good…. My family name is Kossen. What’s that you say? Yup, Kossen. So what does it mean?

Kossen is in fact similar to Jansen, a common dutch name which means so much as son of Jan, Janszoon – Janszn – Jansen (or janssen). Kossen means son of Kos. Kos isn’t such a common first name as Jan so there are less Kossens as opposed to Jansens. Concluding: It’s a patronym which means ‘named after his/her father’.

Where did the name come from? Well, some discussion is possible here. There are multiple families called Kossen. I assume (and have lots of reason to) that the Dutch Kossen family originates in the province of North Holland. Here Kos is a first name that is quite often used (at least some time ago). The German Kossen family is less clear for me. I don’t have the slightest clue to where they came from. I know that there are a few Kossens in the east of the Netherlands, mainly in the Drenthe and Gronningen provinces that seam to originate from the German family and not from the Dutch one. I cannot prove a relationship between the two families and I tend to assume there isn’t one.

My ultimate ancester is Gerrit Corneliszn Coszn born 1645 in Wieringerwaard, North Holland, the Netherlands.

I hope you liked this post and comment on it. If you have contributions, don’t hesitate to contact me!

Kind regards,
Willem Kossen

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What am I going to do?

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East Flanders on a Early Saturday morningWell, A new blog, so this question is appropriate. What am I going to do with a blog about genealogy?
Here’s the idea i had: I have allready done quite some genea-research so I have a file, a large one to be precise. In that file there is a load of information of which some is really boring. Amongst all that ‘stuff’ there are a number of gems. Pieces of data that actually tell a story (or allow a story to be told.). I’ll post stories from my genea-database here. It’s ‘related-history’ or ‘family-specific-trivia’ if you like. However, the stories will be common for many our histories indeed. Your history, their history, our history.
So do respond if you want, do contribute if you can, do enjoy if that’s you.

Willem Kossen

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Hello world!

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Let’s create a blog about genealogy…. It’s my hobby, so I must be able to write at least something about it????

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