I received a wonderful surprise two weeks ago. My aunt and uncle from Michigan came for to visit my mom and dad. Uncle Ben is my mom’s older brother while she’s the baby of the family. The last time I saw him was when my grandfather died.
20 years later, it was like time never passed. Yes, I’m married now with six kids but the familiarity, the kinship was still there. I’ve always loved and respected my Uncle Ben and, if anything, that feeling has grown over the years.
Whether I should attribute it to all the genealogy work I’ve done or getting older, I don’t know. I do know that I love my heritage and hope that I soon have an opportunity to visit the rest of my extended family in Michigan. It would be great to see all my aunts and uncles that I haven’t seen in years.
Since Jennifer contacted me, I wanted to know how many Dodde’s were in the Netherlands. Here’s the stats:
A few days ago, Jennifer Dodde responded to my email. I was ecstatic. Why? Not only is she going to provide factual information such as dates and places but share her memories of her family. That’s been the purpose of this site all along!
It’s just not the dates that are important but the sharing of memories of who these great people were/are. Whether farmers, police, or the common worker, Dodde(ma) have had an influence on everybody around them. What they lacked in material wealth they more than made up for it in strength of character, loyalty, and friendships that never die.
I’d like to share one of the things that Jennifer said to me that really shows what DoddemaGen is about:
I agree that it is neat to know what your relatives might be doing. When I was thinking about Grandpa, I thought it was such a shame that eventually he will be known only be his name and dates. People won’t know that his grand-daughter loves him so much and wishes that he could be happier in his old age. They won’t know that he used to have the best corn-on-the-cob barbecues and that I loved it when he teased me. Maybe I can start writing up some of my memories to have those to keep.
I’m looking forward to hearing more from Jennifer. I think she’s going to have lots to say. In the meantime, you can check out her site at Literate Housewife. I’m also providing a picture that Jennifer sent me. In Jennifer’s own words:
It was taken most likely toward the end of 1977 or Easter of 1978. Grandpa (Egbert) and Grandma (Theressa) are holding my brother Rob, my baby cousin, Brandy, and my sister, Donielle. I am the little girl in the white dress in the bottom row, far left.
Interesting turn of events. I’ve recently been contacted by Robert and Jennifer Dodde pertaining our common ancestor, Egbert Dodde. Egbert is my 4x cousin twice removed.
I’m still waiting their replies regarding additional information such as dates, locations, names, etc. but I think I may have hit on a jackpot here. I also did a quick Google search and found another site that had information on the Dodde name but I’ll save that for another time.
I’d like to ask a serious question?Â Is this blog boring?Â Does it keep your attention?Â Is it too family-oriented or not enough?
Why am I asking these questions?Â No comments and no posts from those members that have registered.Â I need feedback to see what can be done to make this a better site.Â So drop me a line or comment in this post about what I can do.