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Category: KAMPEN Hendrik van 1912-1997

  • Gathering dust: Loffelijk ontslag

    Gathering dust: Loffelijk ontslag

    On Saturdays I rummage through my old cabinet, pull out and dust off an item, and present it here on Roots. Today: The elementary school certificate of Hendrik van Kampen (1912-1997). Loffelijk ontslag (honorary discharge) from elementary school of my grandfather Hendrik van Kampen. The certificate states that my grandfather properly finished elementary school and […]

  • A 1937 plane trip

    A 1937 plane trip

    The image above is a page from an old photo album that belonged to my grandfather, Hendrik van Kampen (1912-1997). On the page there is a photo showing a small airplane, and a ticket for a short flight over Amsterdam and/or environments. Hand-written on the ticket is the plane registration number, PH-ALY, and the text […]

  • Patriline


    I recently showed you my 11-generation matriline. Let’s have a look now at the patriline. A patriline or fathers-line is (unlike the matriline) a traditional genealogy chart. Y-DNA and (usually) surnames are inherited through the patriline. With ten generations, my patriline is not particularly large. In 1766, a fire destroyed a large part of the […]

  • Sunday Morning Genealogy Fun: Meeting ancestors

    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 […]

  • At work in the Museum Boekhandel

    At work in the Museum Boekhandel

    At work in the Museum Boekhandel in Amsterdam, Summer 1937. Museum Boekhandel was a bookshop in Amsterdam, where my grandfather, Hendrik van Kampen, worked for a few years in the 1930s. The first and second photos show my grandfather at his desk (the latter with his boss).

  • Church Sunday

    Church Sunday

    Among the family papers I inherited from my grandparents is an album with postcards of Dutch churches, collected by my grandfather. Most of the cards are from the 1930s. I will use this album for a new series, Church Sunday. Starting next week, I will post an image of a Dutch church on Sundays, usually […]

  • Tombstone Tuesday: Jannetje Willemse

    Tombstone Tuesday: Jannetje Willemse

    Hier rust Here rests Onze lieve vrouw en moeder Our dear wife and mother Jannetje van Kampen-Willemsen Jannetje van Kampen-Willemsen Geb[oren] 14 maart 1874 Born 14 March 1874 Overl[eden] 17 juli 1939 Died 17 July 1939 Jannetje Willemse (not Willemsen, the tombstone is wrong), daughter of Aalt Willemse and Aaltje Westbroek, was born on 14 […]

  • My research

    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 […]