Michael Terpstra

Michael Terpstra

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Michael G. Terpstra
Born 1940s.
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Brother of [private brother (1940s - unknown)] and [private brother (1950s - unknown)]
Father of [private son (1960s - unknown)] and [private daughter (1970s - unknown)]
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I have the privilege of belonging to the first wave of Baby Boomers. While many of my generation struggled with mortgages and retirement accounts, I chose to reinvent myself. At the age of 44, I began doctoral studies with no visible means of support except the earnings of a spouse and several student loans. Now for the choice details -

My birthplace was Honolulu during the period when Hawaii was a territory of the United States. My parents departed three years later for the islands of Micronesia, specifically Ponape. Since I was not yet adept at foraging, I left with them and spent the next 10 years in the South Pacific. Eventually after the trials and tribulations of correspondence courses, and sporadic years in public school classrooms from Portland, Oregon, to Edinburgh, Scotland, I graduated from high school.

Needless to say, my spin on formal education is uniquely colored by my experiences during my impressionable years. This may explain a BA in Behavioral Sciences in the 1970's, a Masters Degree in the 1980's and a PhD. in the 1990's. It took quite a few years to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. Now and then to earn the necessary rent and lunch-meat, I ventured into the real world - served in Vietnam, obtained license as an RN in which field I toiled for almost 15 years, sold cemetery property, presided over a failed non-profit business, attended seminary, moved 16 times and successfully began a compost heap.

Family ties include two children, three grand-children, three great-grand-children, a long-suffering wife, and parents who both have doctoral degrees of their own. I am convinced that inclinations toward post-graduate degrees are genetically programmed - my daughter occasionally making noises about an eventual doctorate.


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Hi Michael,

Thank you for self-certifying for the Pre-1700 badge! Collaboration with Pre-1700 Project members is essential for those wishing to edit Pre-1700 profiles because those ancestors are usually shared by many descendants.

It looks like the Netherlands Project would be a good fit based on your current contributions to WikiTree. Review the project page to learn about resources and guidelines as well as how to collaborate with the project members.

Do you have any questions? Let me know. I'm happy to help! :-)

Debi ~ Pre-1700 Greeter

PS Links sometimes do not work in email; if that happens, use the link in the public comments on your profile

posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Just a hint, but with multiple sources, separate each and start with an *. Like Michmershuizen-2. Happy treeing.

Or you can get more advanced see Barnes-18352.

Hello Michael!

You've been a member for a few weeks so I thought I would check in to see how it's going. Have the How-Tos been helpful or left you with questions? Most of us have questions after all that information!

I want to help! Click my name, send me a private message or ask in the comment section of my page. Sometimes links don't work in emails. If that's happened to you, check the public comments on your profile. The links will work from there.

Cindy ~ WikiTree Messenger

PS Thank you for such a lovely biography of yourself! What a fun life so far!!


Thanks for volunteering! You are now an active member of the WikiTree community, and can start adding your family.

I suggest starting with the New Member How-To pages, they will save you a lot of time and frustration. Building your family tree on WikiTree will help you connect with others who have the same ancestors.

Need help? Just ask!

Mary ~ WikiTree Greeter

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posted by Mary Richardson

This is just a note to say hi and to let you know that I'm available to answer questions about joining WikiTree.

To contact me, click the link to my name above, then send a private message or post a comment on my profile page.

Karen ~ WikiTree Greeter

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