Do your relatives come from Ameland?
Much research has been done into the history of Ameland. Especially in the field of genealogy - as they say compile family trees - many people have been studying the archives for hours on end.
We, Pieter Jan and Tineke Borsch, have been trying to put all this data, covering hundreds of years, in one big pool.
The so-called Ameland-family consists of over 86,000 members at the moment. It is our hobby to search for new data, new contacts and the Ameland history. We have been doing so for 40 years now and the Ameland-family is getting more and more interesting as more people and more stories are added to the pool. Not only from today, but even more so from former times. It goes without saying that we still lack lots of data. Everybody is invited to ring or write, asking if he/she is recorded as a member of the large family, or may be entered as one.
- Did you know that formerly sons of the same father could take different surnames? Thus the Edes- and Brouwer-families from Nes/Buren descend from the same ancestor. The same holds true for the Visser- and Borsch-families and the Bakker- and Ridder-families from Hollum.
- Did you know that on Ameland there are different de Boer- (5x), Brouwer- (2x), Bakker- (4x), de Jong- (3x), de Vries- (2x) and Visser- (4x) families?
- Did you know that formerly children could take their mother’s surname? This happened in the Wijnberg-family from Hollum, for instance.
- Did you know that even before the year 1800 there were merchantmen sailing under the names of Wijnberg, Schols and Nagtegaal. And that probably the family-names were taken from these ships’ names?
- Did you know that Gerbrandus Metz and Hester M. Bootsma have the most extensive Ameland offspring?
As an extra service we offer to print out your pedigree, i.e. all your Ameland ancestors. We can print this, format A4; an index is included. This may add up to 5 or even over 300 pages, all depending on the size of the family and the number of generations that lived on Ameland.
But an ancester-card is also possible. This means that most ancestors, in some cases as many as twelve generations (1+2+4+8+16+32+64+ ect. persons) are reproduced. So as far back as great-grandparents or even further. All of them Ameland people whose blood and genes you possess. For family-meetings a reproduction of the whole family is essential, of course. It stands to reason that in these cases we shall require a fee.
So should you have anything to add to our files or have any questions, let us hear from you
Our adress is:
P.J. Borsch, E. de Vriesstraat 12, 9161 CE Hollum Ameland