It's time to meet another Wonderful WikiTreer. This week's member is B. W. J. Molier.
B.W.J. became a WikiTreer in September of 2013 and is very active in our Netherlands (Dutch Roots) Project.
What are some of the surnames you are researching?
Molier, since I was young we had a genealogical register in our house with all the names in our family. The research was done by a professional genealogist when I was only just born, it showed that all persons with that surname were related. My older sisters were opposed to the given name “Gelijn”, only to discover I would have been the 36th in the family to have that name when the book was published. I’m glad I have a different name because its’s not a very common name in The Netherlands and also difficult in foreign countries. During my own research I found the surname Buijsterling but found no living descendants, so I keep looking for that name.
What are some of the locations you are researching?
Mainly places in The Netherlands, I try to connect as many Dutch profiles to the main tree as I can. I think the Dutch sites with indexes of records in archives are very good, so almost all profiles I create get their basic information about birth, marriage and death of the person. Before I started, I never imagined that I would “see” so many different cities or villages, because my ancestors lived there.
When and how did you get interested in genealogy and family history?
As a young boy I looked in the family book at the graphs and trees, and was intrigued. Only after my father passed away, I realised that I did not know anything about my mother’s side of the family. So I started the research to populate my fan chart with as many names as possible. Also I liked to watch the “Who do you think you are” series on BBC TV.
Who's your favorite ancestor and why?
Cornelis Claasz Jongeneel. When I started out on WikiTree I experienced the great way to collaborate and create a tree with many profiles by adding and linking to already existing profiles. That was what made me to “stay” on WikiTree.
Tell us about a brick wall you were able to break down or one you hope to bust through.
Willemina Meijer was not married to Willem Kroeders and died shortly after my third great grandmother Rebekka Kroeders was born. I’m unable to find her parents. Also, due to fire or flood, the records from Zierikzee about the parents of Johannes Kerpel and Martina Rontfreijn appear to be gone.
If you could pick one person in history to be related to, who would it be and why?
Vincent van Gogh. There always was a story in the family that we were related, because the given name Gelijn was used in the Molier family after a Van Gogh was married to a Molier, but there was no connection.
What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?
Well, there is life outside WikiTree (LOWT) ;-) I like walking/hiking the woods of the province of my birth, Gelderland.
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