Welcome Belgium Doddemas!

Recently I joined Facebook to give DoddemaGen greater exposure and let’s admit it, I need help.  The flow of information coming my way is starting to slow way down.  That’s where Facebook comes in.  I immediately noticed that there was not just one Doddema but many, many Doddema’s out there!  An untapped resource.  I’ve already made many contacts and my greatest find and admittedly joy comes from, of all places, Belgium!  While some of us headed west to the United States, there are those that headed east….

My newest family members are Ronald and his father, Tjerk.  Tjerk’s parents and children emigrated to Belgium in May of 1957.  That’s a story I’d like to hear!  Although Tjerk doesn’t speak English, Ronald has been translating our correspondence.  Within a couple days, Tjerk sent me this message full of genealogy – 4 generations worth.  My head is already spinning.

Why?  There’s names that I’ve never seen before! I have Ronald’s great grandfather in my database but never any of Jakob Doddema‘s (1888-1979) children.  Tjerk takes it a little further back with the Jakob’s own grandfather, Geert Hinderks Doddema (1831-1908).  While I thought I had this completed…Tjerk and Ronald hand me some more names that weren’t in the Genlias database, which is understandable since it takes time to add records.

I’ll be adding the message to the forum for further research in another post.

At this point, I just want to thank Tjerk and Ronald for their help!  Without them, I wouldn’t be able to put all this together.

For those of you interested, how are we related?  Ronald’s great grandfather, Jakob Doddema and my grandfather, Tammo Doddema were 4th cousins.  Small world indeed.

2 thoughts on “Welcome Belgium Doddemas!”

  1. Bernard, after all this time I finally figured out how we are related! Your grandfather Tammo was my grandmother Jantje Prins (Doddema) son! My entire life I was told there were only six children. Through this website I found Tammo’s name with another daughter that might have been born out of wedlock to my grandmother. Thanks for keeping this website alive!

    1. Holly

      Thanks for your reply and I apologize for not responding sooner.

      Would you be willing to provide information on Wientje Doddema and Jantje Prins? I have nothing on them and would love to fill in the gaps!

      As to your comment on my grandfather being the son of Jantje Prins, it appears that Jantje was the aunt of my grandfather, Tammo Doddema as evidenced here:


      I do hope to hear from you again! Hopefully we can work together to clear up more issues.

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