Since I’ve been married, I’ve tried to incorporate different holiday traditions into our lives to teach my children about their heritage. One I’ve enjoyed is Sinterklaas day. I recently asked my dad and others if they would be willing to share some of their memories and this is what my father shared. Continue reading
I just found out from my 5th cousin in the Netherlands that her grandma had passed away a few weeks ago. I’ve asked Dievertje to write a little article on her grandma so I’m waiting for that.
From what I do know of Grietje, she was born Apr 17, 1916 in Noordbroek, Groningen, Netherlands and married to Pieter Doddema May 18, 1940. She died Nov 9, 2006 in Winschoten, Groningen, Netherlands. According to Dievertje, Grietje had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital. A couple days later she passed away.
We grieve with Dievertje and her family. Losing a grandparent is always rough.
I did receive permission from Dievertje to update the genealogy records with her grandma’s information. A big thanks for that.
On a lighter note, I did find out that in the period we weren’t in contact with one another, Dievertje had married Leon Doornbusch in 2004. Congratulations!
Yes, it is.Ã‚Â I’ll say it again if I have to.Ã‚Â I’m not a big fan of my own birthday.Ã‚Â I don’t know why and it’s not because I’m getting older.Ã‚Â I’m 36 and that’s not old.Ã‚Â It’s taken almost 13 years for my wife to give up but this year I got my wish…no cake, no big bash or anything like that.Ã‚Â It was a relief.Ã‚Â Just to let people know that I’m not completely heartless, here’s one of those blog quizzes on what my birth date means:
|Your Birthdate: November 20|
You are a virtual roller coaster of emotions, and most people enjoy the ride.
Your mood tends to set the tone of the room, and when you’re happy, this is a good thing.
When you get in a dark mood, watch out – it’s very hard to get you out of it.
It’s sometimes hard for you to cheer up, and your gloom can be contagious.
Your strength: Your warm heart
Your weakness: Trouble controlling your emotions
Your power color: Black
Your power symbol: Musical note
Your power month: February
“Gedoopt 2 Augustus  Derk, zoontje van Geert Clasens en Anje Jans, ehel. op de Meden. (Baptised on the 2nd of August 1753, Derk, little son of Geert Clasens and Anje Jans, spouses in Meeden).
“Gedoopt den 9 dec. 1755 het kind van Geert Klasen en Anje Jans, ehel. op de Meden, geboren op 23 nov. en genaamd Jan. (Baptised on the 9th of December 1755 the child of Geert Klasen and Anje Jans, spouses in Meeden, born on November 23 and named Jan).
“den 3 oct.  het kind van Geert Klasen en Anje Jans, ehel. op de Meden, geboren de 1 October en genaamd Berend. (the 3rd of October 1757 was baptised the child of Geert Klasen and Anje jans, spouses in Meeden, born on October 1 and named Berend).
“den 10 jan 1762 gedoopt 2 kinderen van Geert Klasens en Anje jans, ehel. op de meden, geboren 7 jan. en genaamd Roelf en Willem. (On the 10th of january 1762 baptised 2 children of Geert Klasens and Anje jans, spouses in Meeden, born on january 7 and named Roelf and Willem).
This information was compiled by Henk Doddema. I’ve lost contact with him in the last few years but hope to get with him again to see if he has more information.
I’m happy to say I met another Doddema. Eltje and his wife, Geesjen, is my 4th cousin once removed. I ran across him while googling Doddema. Although I’m still learning about him, it seems he’s a composer and has a few albums to his credit.
I’ve been able to add more information to the Doddema history which is always exciting. I love meeting new family members. Now I’m hoping I can get some more Dutch recipes.