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More than a Branch

From branch to tree

Have you always wanted to know more about your family history? Maybe you have dabbled on Ancestry or MyHeritage only to get mired in too many conflicting dates and ambiguous matches? I will not only endeavor to grow your branch into a big tree but will try to uncover stories about who your ancestors were.

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The Netherlands

A great advantage in researching ancestry in the Netherlands is that women kept their maiden name which makes it much easier to trace the maternal line.

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Census

The census is a great way into ancestors lives as they often listed income, whether the home was rented or owned and what the household members did for a living.

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Pioneers

Many families who arrived in Virginia in the mid 1600’s would constantly migrate south in groups. They wanted to homestead on land that had not yet been inhabited by other settlers. Many towns were named after these early pioneers.

Jungerius Family
1905

About me

Building family trees has been my passion for for many years. I have traced my own Dutch ancestry back to the 1500’s, a solid line of line of simple folk who were flower growers and an occasional miller. My husband’s line I was able to trace back to medieval times, to kings, queens and the founders of Europe. As I like to remind him on occasion though, lest he gets a little snobby, that his prestigious lineage also includes the notorious King John!

Although I do not guarantee that I will be able to trace your line back to ancient times, I will do my best to uncover interesting stories that will be a treasure for many generations, present and future.

Research areas that are my specialty are southern states like North and South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida, as well as the Netherlands, Ireland, Scotland and England.

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John Hooks

W’s 3rd great-grandfather
John and his son Will opened a store on the G&A Railroad in Hooks, Alabama of which he was also the postmaster. On April 24, 1900 an intoxicated customer Charlie Tigner became disorderly, flourishing a pistol, and was forcibly ejected from the store by John and his son. Tigner then returned with a shotgun and blazed away at father and son. Thankfully no one was hurt, Charlie Tigner went to jail, and John Hooks lived to be 85.

Arie Jungerius

I’s grandfather
“I remember as if it was yesterday when our family participated in the 1913 parade in Rijnsburg to celebrate The Netherlands 100th year of independence. This was way before the now famous flower parades. I was 9 years old and helped decorate. Our cart was amazing, it had the best produce our country had to offer. Grapes from the Westland, apples and pears from the Betuwe, specially grown cabbages and cauliflowers. There were bananas, radishes, carrots, kale and lettuce. No one had ever seen quality like that! We won the top prize, a gold watch with a chain. What a special day that was.”

A. Jungerius

John Stuart

M’s 15th great-grandfather
In 1475 Iain MacDonald, the Lord of the Isles, was leading a rebellion against King James. John Stuart, the Earl of Atholl, had been dispatched to capture the errant chieftain. He found out that MacDonald regularly used a well near where the rebels were said to be encamped. The Earl ordered his scouts to secretly fill the well with whisky, honey and oats. When MacDonald and his troops stopped to use the well, the recipe was so delicious they became intoxicated and were captured by Atholl’s troops. The drink, called Atholl Brose is still served today.

Names of living people have been abbreviated for privacy.

Story Telling

The story of the Ruthven family reads like an episode of Game of Thrones. There are beautiful castles, queens, rumors of black magic, intrigue, murder, kidnappings and a beheading. However this is not a television show based on a writer’s imagination, but the true story of a 14th great-grandfather and his son.
Read Patrick Ruthven’s story.

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