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Alida Melessen (1917-2007)

Name: Alida Melessen
Birth: 9 April 1917 in Amsterdam
Death: 10 January 2007 in Hilversum
Parents: Albert Melessen, Mietje Houthuijzen
Spouse: Hendrik van Kampen (marriage: 1 August 1940 in Amsterdam)
Children: 5

Alida Melessen (1917-2007)

Alida Melessen (1917-2007)

The age of my grandparents

Posted by on 9 Nov 2012 in COPPENS Maria Theresia 1915-2012, KAMPEN Hendrik van 1912-1997, MELESSEN Alida 1917-2007, My roots, PARDOEN Theodorus Joannes Gerardus Adrianus 1914-1978 | 0 comments

The age of my grandparents

My grandparents were roughly the same age, there was less than five years between the eldest and the youngest. The eldest was my paternal grandfather, Henk (Hendrik, officially) van Kampen. As the eldest son of the eldest son, I was named after him. Opa Henk, as we, the grandchildren, called him, was born on 9 November 1912. One hundred years ago today. My maternal grandmother outlived my other grandparents. Her name was Maria Theresia Coppens, but the grandchildren knew her as Omoe. She passed away earlier this year, on 13 July, 97 years...

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Tombstone Tuesday: Van Kampen

Posted by on 8 Nov 2011 in Graveyard Photography, Graveyard Rabbit of Utrecht and Het Gooi, Hilversum, KAMPEN Hendrik van 1877-1941, KAMPEN Hendrik van 1912-1997, MELESSEN Alida 1917-2007, WIESENEKKER Geertje 1879-1957 | 0 comments

Tombstone Tuesday: Van Kampen

I shared many graves from the Bosdrift cemetery in Hilversum on this blog. Today’s grave is special, at least to me: Twice I helped carry a coffin to this grave, in 1997 and in 2007. Buried here are two people that I have known well: My grandparents, Hendrik van Kampen Jr. and Alida Melessen. They were buried in a family grave with my great-grandparents, Hendrik van Kampen and Geertje Wiesenekker. I will not add any genealogical data here, as I already published plenty on this and other blogs and websites, with more to come. If you are...

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Gathering dust: A photo

Posted by on 7 May 2011 in KAMPEN Hendrik van 1912-1997, MELESSEN Alida 1917-2007, My roots | 0 comments

Gathering dust: A photo

On Saturdays I rummage through my old cabinet, pull out and dust off an item, and present it here on Roots. Today: A photo. A formal portrait of my grandparents, Hendrik van Kampen and Alida Melessen. I have no further information on this photo. Possibly an engagement portrait from...

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Gathering dust: The engagement of Henk van Kampen and Lida Melessen

Posted by on 10 Jul 2010 in KAMPEN Hendrik van 1912-1997, MELESSEN Alida 1917-2007, My roots | 0 comments

Gathering dust: The engagement of Henk van Kampen and Lida Melessen

On Saturdays I rummage through my old cabinet, pull out and dust off an item, and present it here on Roots. Today: An engagement announcement. This is the engagement announcement of my grandparents, Hendrik (Henk) van Kampen and Alida (Lida) Melessen. It mentions a change (wijziging), so possibly there was an earlier communication. Unfortunately the card does not mention the engagement date, only the dates of two receptions, one at each parental home: 4 February 1938 in Amsterdam, and the next day in Hilversum. The address on the cover is my...

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Family grave

Posted by on 8 Jul 2010 in Hilversum, KAMPEN Hendrik van 1877-1941, KAMPEN Hendrik van 1912-1997, MELESSEN Alida 1917-2007, My roots, WIESENEKKER Geertje 1879-1957 | 0 comments

Family grave

Tombstone on the grave of my grandparents, Hendrik van Kampen and Alida Melessen, and my great-grandparents, Hendrik van Kampen and Geertje Wiesenekker. The grave is full now, so other family members will be buried elsewhere, when their time comes. The tombstone is from 1997, when my grandfather was buried here. As most Dutch graves, this grave is leased. My grandparents have paid the lease since the first burial in 1941. When my grandmother died in 2007, the family paid a few decades ahead, but after that the lease will expire and the grave...

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Sunday Morning Genealogy Fun: Meeting ancestors

Posted by on 30 Aug 2009 in COPPENS Maria Theresia 1915-2012, KAMPEN Hendrik van 1912-1997, MELESSEN Alida 1917-2007, My roots, PARDOEN Theodorus Joannes Gerardus Adrianus 1914-1978 | 0 comments

Sunday Morning Genealogy Fun: Meeting ancestors

Because of the time difference, Randy’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun is actually Sunday Morning fun for me. This week’s assignment: 1) Write down which of your ancestors that you have met in person (yes, even if you were too young to remember them). 2) Tell us their names, where they lived, and their relationship to you in a blog post, or in comments to this post, or in comments on Facebook. All my great-grandparent died before I was born, but I met my four grandparents and two parents, so six ancestors in total. Three of them are...

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My research

Posted by on 24 Mar 2009 in COPPENS Hendrikus Franciscus 1872-1945, COPPENS Maria Theresia 1915-2012, HOUTHUIJZEN Mietje 1888-1945, KAMPEN Hendrik van 1877-1941, KAMPEN Hendrik van 1912-1997, KOOPMAN Catharina Johanna Maria 1886-1965, MELESSEN Albert 1886-1965, MELESSEN Alida 1917-2007, MOERMAN Johanna Petronella 1875-1953, My roots, PARDOEN Theodorus Joannes Gerardus Adrianus 1914-1978, PARDOEN Theodorus Johannes Adrianus 1881-1930, WIESENEKKER Geertje 1879-1957 | 1 comment

My research

My main focus is my ascendancy chart (kwartierstaat in Dutch, Ahnentafel in German), an overview of as many ancestors as I can find, in as many lines as possible. On my website, I have cut my kwartierstaat in several parts. When I started my website, four of my ancestors were still alive (my parents and both my grandmothers), and I did not want to publish anything about them on my website. So I split my kwartierstaat in four parts – one for each grandparent – and I replaced the names of my grandmothers with the names of their...

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Your Paternal Grandmother’s Patrilineal Line

Posted by on 22 Mar 2009 in Groningen, MELES Hendrik, MELESSEN Albert 1886-1965, MELESSEN Alida 1917-2007, MELESSEN Jakob 1848-1918, MELESSEN Jakob Meles 1792-1869, MELESSEN Melis 1817-1890, MELESSEN Melis Hendriks 1756-1830, My roots | 0 comments

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Your Paternal Grandmother’s Patrilineal Line

Randy Seaver asked in his weekly Saturday Night Fun about the patrilineal line of our paternal grandmothers: What was your father’s mother’s maiden name? Melessen. My grandmother was Alida Melessen, born 9 April 1917 in Amsterdam, died 10 January 2007 in Hilversum. What was your father’s mother’s father’s name? Albert Melessen (1886-1965). The photo above is his wedding photo. What is your father’s mother’s father’s patrilineal line? That is, his father’s father’s father’s...

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