50286RE: [Friesland-genealogy] Jan Pieters Terpstra and Saapke Jans Boersma
- Jul 17, 2010Charlene,
No, it would be highly unlikely to find gravesites of 19th century (or
earlier) ancestors in the Netherlands.
Yes, it is possible that there would be land records (i.e. after 1831), but
only if your ancestors possessed land of course. Which, according to estate
tax records, they did. At least Saapke Jans Boersma did. According to the
estate tax record she possessed real estate at the time of her death in
1878. Possibly in Tzummarum.
No, your ancestors probably didnt speak Dutch, but Frisian, as that was the
common language in the province of Friesland.
In the 1800s Dutch people could have had various religions, but the main
religion would probably have been Protestant (i.e. Dutch Reformed). In the
pre-1811 baptism registrations you can find what religion your ancestors
had. E.g. Jan Pieters Terpstra was baptised Dutch Reformed. So were Saapkes
siblings. Cor apparently only found a birth date for Saapke in the marital
supplements of the marriage certificate, which could imply she was not
baptised at all.
Nynke van den Hooven
[mailto:Frieslandfirstname.lastname@example.org] Namens boaz_06479
Verzonden: zaterdag 17 juli 2010 12:37
Onderwerp: [Friesland-genealogy] Jan Pieters Terpstra and Saapke Jans
Thank you for all the information on the Terpstra and Boersma family. We are
planning a Terpstra family reunion next year in Wisconsin and I need all the
information I can get.
I have a few questions? Would I be able to find my ancestors gravesite if I
were to go over there?
Would they have records of their land or where they lived? How far do the
records go back on the families?
Did they speak the Dutch language also back then?
What main religion back in the 1800, Catholic or Protestant? You said some
of the children were baptized, to what religion?
I must still have distant relatives still living over in Friesland.
Thanks, Charlene Herrmann
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