Genealogy in Achtkarspelen & surroundings
On this website you will find limited pedigrees of 5 generations of families from the border-area of Friesland and Groningen, and especially from the county of Achtkarspelen.
Much of the information has been gleaned from the books of the Civil Registries of the counties of Achtkarspelen, Tytsjerksteradiel, Smallingerland, Opsterland, Dantumadeel, Kollumerland, and Grootegast.
But also from the baptism, marriage and burial books of the churches, as well as information by way of the internet from the Ryksargyf in Leeuwarden, from Genlias, and from other sources.
I am also very thankful for all the help I received from fellow-genealogists like Reid van der Leij in Groningen, Marten Haijema in Assen, and Klaas Bekkema in Drachten. Without their assistance my files would not have grown to more than 1.000.000 names. Johnny Zwart was also very helpful in putting this website together.
In case you, visitors, have suggestions and additions, I assure you that they are very much appreciated. Should you wish to have a nice familytree-book of perhaps as many as 15 generations, I will gladly put that together for you at cost.
A brief message in my guestbook is much appreciated
What do we mean by a ‘pedigree’?
The term ‘kwartierstaat’ is best translated as a quarter state or pedigree and contains all available information about the ancestors of one person (in genealogy called the ‘proband’), namely his parents, four grand parents (hence the term quarter state), great-grand parents, great-great-grandparents, etc.
The quarter numbering was devised by Stefan Kekule von Stradonitz (1863-1933) and is often used in the production of quarter states. The proband in a quarter state is number 1 and each next generation back a father receives the double number and a mother this double number plus one. This way all male ancestors always have an even number and female ancestors will automatically have an odd number. With the rising number of generations, there is an increasing chance of empty quarters, for which no data could be retrieved.
Local organization in the County of Achtkarspelen (1812-1816)
During the years 1812 – 1816 the provincial distribution of areas in
In search of ancestors?
If you want to know more about your ancestors, the help of a familytree-researcher can be of great help. Martinus Jongsma of Surhuisterveen has approx. 1,000,000 names in his genealogical data-base. This collection contains especially names of persons from the County of Achtkarspelen, but also from Smallingerland, Opsterland, Tytsjerksteradiel, Kollumerland c.a., Dantumadeel, and Grootegast. Detailed research in the archives of Tresoar in Leeuwarden, the Civil Registry of Groningen, and/or the county registries of Friesland will be done based upon costs involved.
Translation: James Kooistra, Williamsburg, Ontario (Canada).
Last Updated (Monday, 03 December 2012 20:02)