Living in Amsterdam since 1974, I was born in 1956 in Emmeloord. This is a so called new town in the middle of this 1942 made Noord Oost Polder, it lacked history.
I love history and the underlying research. In 2012 I published the Bellamy Atlas about my own neighborhood, which was originally outside the city limits and was used for gardens and country houses from the 15th century on. With this research my knowledge of the archive world has expanded enormously.
Most of my ancestors are Frisian, only before 1800 some of them come from the nearby provinces Groningen, Drente, Overijssel. The first known 'foreigner' is Bartholomeus Dopkewits who came ca. 1649 to the University of Franeker in Friesland. The oldest known ancestor within Wikitree is Syts Buchodr.van Hemricksein (1463-1509) .
As the Frisian culture is one of oral history, I remember a lot of family stories I heard as a small child, visting birthday parties and funerals in Friesland. Some stories have hidden clues, which I try to reconstruct by genealogical research.
Did I hear a tone of jealousy in my mothers statement that her family in law imagined that they had some noble ancestors - who did they think they were? As all my family pedigrees were pedigrees composed by males, searching for their oldest known male ancestor, I decided to start seaking for all the female ones. My mother turned out to be a descendant of very prominent Frisian families. And also of an ancestor, who got very impoverished due to forced sale of all his capital farms. A result of his excessive drinking.... a story her first cousin told at her funeral in 2018. A story that was surrounded by shame. So now I know why there are no female silver objects in the family to be inherited by daughters from their mothers....