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Dutch archive news, August 2010

August means summer, and summer means vacation season: Many archive visitors and archive staff were on vacation. The result was limited opening hours, fewer visitors, and hardly any news.

  • New in genlias: Marriage records from Curaçao and death records from Flevoland (Noordoostpolder, Urk, Zuidelijke IJsselmeerpolders) and Noord-Holland (Anna Paulowna, Beemster, Oostzaandam, Sijbekarspel, Spanbroek, Westzaandam, Zaandam).
  • Three archives used the quiet summer months to launch a page on facebook: the provincial archives BHIC (Noord-Brabant) and Tresoar (Friesland), and the regional archive Markiezenhof (Bergen op Zoom). Markiezenhof is also new on Twitter (@hetmarkiezenhof). See the complete list of Dutch archives on facebook and twitter.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please advise whether the sir name "Post" is of Dutch orgin. My father said he was dutch and this was his last name. Thank you

Blogger Henk van Kampen said...

Yes, Post can be a Dutch surname.

Blogger Hans Zijlstra, blogger, sneuper, ondernemer said...

The name Post was, like Postma, Posthuma, Postema and Posthumus, in 1811 taken mostly by people whose father had recently died or whose father died before their own birth. So nothing to do with mail etc., but postume.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm trying to find information on the name "Knyfd". My grandfather was from Friesland, around Grouw, I think. He came to the US as a young boy; and says that the name was misspelled by the US immigration official. Any insights into it's possible origin would be greatly appreciated.

Blogger Politikus said...

I'm putting together a family tree and am stuck won my paternal grandmother's family. Her last names were Obediente Robero (or Roberts). Other names that come up persistently are Maal, Petit, and Lopes. I've found some information in Genlis from Curazao, but hardly anything on how they got there. Any advice on where to look?
Thank you.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Comment on Anonymus asking name Knyfd.
Perhaps the real name is Knijff or
Knijf. Search for these two Genlias
in Friesland.

Blogger Steve said...

My own surname of Postma traces name back to early 1620. Family records indicate a trade where horses and travel to Germany and Poland were common.

Blogger Henk van Kampen said...

A quick search on Tresoar proves the name Postma existed well before 1700.

According to the Meertens surname database, the prefix -post- in the name Postma, can either mean posthumous, post/mail, or post/base/station.

Anonymous Anonymous said...


To Anonymous: I have information on the Knyfd family. Contact me at void580@yahoo.com

Anonymous Anonymous said...

My ancestor Jacob Spriggs was born in 1836 in Holland, Reusel-de Mierden, Noord Brabant Netherlands. Dies in Virginia. How can I find what boat he came to America on and who do I contact to see if there are spriggs still in that area?
Thank you!

Blogger Henk van Kampen said...

Spriggs is not a Dutch name, maybe he changed his name after immigration into the USA. What else do you know about Jacob Spriggs?

Blogger Made in the Moon said...

My grandgrandfather came from Curazao to Panama. His last name was Obediente. I know he and his family were before in Holland.


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