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Fitness/Fatness Update

November 20th, 2016 | 1 Comment | Posted in Exercise, Musings

Six months ago I was pretty dang pleased with myself. I was just finishing up a 3 week stretch where I lost a pound a day through exercise and diet. Sure, I was hungry all the time, eating about 2000 calories a day and spending lots of time at the gym, walking and doing yard work.  I had reasoned that if a pound of fat equates to about 3300-3500 calories, then in order to lose a pound a day I just had to burn at least that much extra. Indeed, I ended up burning over 5000 calories a day and was hopeful that by the end of May when I would tip the scales at 250, down 25 lbs from the 1st of May when I weighed in at 275, that I would be on my way to reaching a target goal of 200 lbs.

Well, that didn’t happen, and now I find myself 4 days before Thanksgiving likely weighing near what I did on May 1st,  although I am avoiding stepping on a scale, preferring to have an approximate rather than exact weight.

What happened? Well, a couple of things. First off, when I started to lift weights again in June I was chagrined to find out that my strength was down along with my weight. Huh? I thought I was burning fat. Nope. While I certainly did lose some inches around my waist (since regained) I learned the hard lesson that there is a reason that the experts suggest not losing more than 1-2 lbs a week. Apparently, beyond that mark and you still losing muscle. That’s not what I wanted.

Secondly, I was working so hard to burn those calories that it just wasn’t sustainable. Not having changed my basic food patterns once off the diet, the weight and fat returned, like the tide coming in, slow and steady. At the same time, my strength started to return as a result of some regular weight lifting.  I still need to work on a couple of exercises to get back the strength I had, but generally I would say I am as strong or stronger than before.

I had been using the elliptical machine for 60 minutes a day at a pretty good pace and noted that when tested (unofficially) on one of the treadmills, that my VO2Max was in the range of what a 40 year old could expect. That’s about the time I asked myself what I was training for? Initially it was just a method to burn 800 calories an hour, but it was pretty boring and did I really need to be grinding so hard if I wasn’t going to compete? Nope.  However I was routinely getting my heart rate up into the 140s, which falls into the Very Intense zone for my age. Moderate Intensity starts at 96 beats per minute. My resting heart rate has been under 60 for the past 6 months, hitting a low of 54 when I was working out the hardest. I’m not saying I’m not going to have a heart attack, but even at the weight I am carrying I seem to be heart healthy.

Yet another realization arose, one that has nudged me in the past. I’m sixty now and while I want to have good health and physical utility, I’m not too concerned with looking good, as in svelte or attractive to the opposite sex.  That might seem like a no brainer to a younger person looking at a sixty year old, but my statement to you is “just wait until you get here before judging.” It was only 15 years ago that I crossed the 200 lb barrier and had a 35-36 inch waist. Ugh. Can I really be OK with a 40 inch waist?

Well, yes I can. What has changed is my self-image of being a fit young athlete who was out of shape to being a strong older bigman with gray, almost white hair and missing some teeth. I haven’t competed in sports in 15 years and have no plans to do so in the future. I’ve always hated running and so that’s not something I miss. I see no reason to jump or do anything much that would be prohibited by weighing 100 lbs more than I did when I was playing NCAA volleyball for Hawaii in 1981.

Since changing to VASA from Planet Fitness I have ample opportunity to see the best physiques of the young people in the area. I am truly amazed by how strong and fit many of the younger men appear to be. And then I watch them on the machines and am bemused to learn that in fact they are sculpting those bodies for appearance more than strength. Here I am, fat, old, and able to blow many of these muscular looking guys away with how much I can lift.  I can max the seated rowing, lat pull down, seated dip, and fly machines, each with the equivalent weight around 260-300 lbs, with at least 5 reps. I’ve been working on my military press (machine) and have it up to 2 sets of 5 reps with 160 lbs. I’m lagging a little on my chest press, not quite at the 260 lb level I was earlier in the year.

What I am saying is that I’m in the process of changing my self-image, which is not an easy thing to do. Robin used to call me “Scrawny of the Jungle” back in my Santa Monica College days, when I weighed 165. Scrawny no more. Would I like to be a 36 inch waist again and retain all my strength? Sure. That would put me in the top 1% of all men my age, if not more rarefied air. I could do YouTube videos and show the world what a stud I turned out to be. Am I willing to sacrifice the time, effort, and food to get there? Nope. I’m not that vain. Or dedicated. (Maybe it’s more the lack of dedication than lack of vanity.)

So maybe I’ll get back on the horse at some point and try to lose the 1-2 lbs a week that the experts suggest. Probably when I can’t fit into my church clothes, as my regular clothing consists of expandable waist shorts and sweats. Or maybe I’ll just buy another DI suit for $25 with a larger waist.

Here my current workout:

30 minutes on the stationary bike. I just started this past week on the upright bike, having ridden the recumbent style for years. This is my cardio workout for the day and my target heart rate is around 134. I’m currently on level 12 manual mode (no hills) and I’m burning around 300 calories and covering just under 9 miles according to the machine.

After riding the bike I alternate the following groups of machines with the goal of doing 1 group per day, and each group twice a week.

Vertical: Military press and lat pull down. Seated dip and then the seated shrug machine, only bending at the elbow for a fuller lift instead of just a shrug.

Horizontal: Fly and reverse fly. Chest press and seated rowing.

Legs: Leg press and calf raises.

Each day’s workout takes about 50-55 minutes.

Elect This!

November 13th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Musings

These past few post-election days have been full of angst, fear, sorrow, and anger for supporters of Hillary Clinton. Their guy lost and you’d think it was the end of the world. Never have we seen such a spoiled, entitled generation as this.  Now they are protesting in the streets.

In my lifetime there has been a shifting of American values from religion-based to secular humanism, from a definition of morality rooted in the 10 Commandments to one where morality is determined by vote. Sure, Donald Trump has some flaws, something I’ve known since I first heard him liberally drop the F bomb during a Tony Robbins event in Philadelphia 15 years ago.  Yet, for many of us this election wasn’t about Donald or even Hillary, but which positions do we favor on abortion, illegal immigration, gay marriage, religious liberty, etc.

What galls me is this rising generation and their supposed Social Justice agenda. Relax, Millennials. The Greatest Generation has almost all gone to their grave and the Boomers will soon enough be leaving you to your own devices. We who have wiped your snotty noses and changed your dirty diapers, taught you how to walk, talk, throw a ball and play a tune. We who lived through the Watts riots and the real racism that existed throughout the land. We who wouldn’t have understood the word “homophobic” because gay people in public were caricatures like Liberace and not our neighbors, and certainly not anyone in their right mind.

Yes, we’ve had to make some course corrections and yet the piece that the modern young adult seems to miss is that we weren’t bad people, we didn’t espouse hate of your average black or gay. Things were the way they were and it was normal. The “PC” police weren’t on every street corner, in every school room, office or park.  Our parents lived through the Great Depression and had more on their minds than where to protest this week.

You act as if we are stupid and have no idea what life is really all about. That’s the funny part about the Flower Children and protesters of the 60’s–they had to get jobs and became the Establishment. They grew up–and you will too at some point. You’ve read about Kennedy, Nixon and Reagan, well we lived through “expletive deleted.”

What you saw in this election is your elders fighting back. Fighting against the rag tag “feel good” platform of the Democrats and the “what’s in it for me?” mentality. And trust me–we know how to fight.  You know what we hate? Not the blacks, illegal aliens, gays, feminists or political correct. We hate that America has catered to “marginalized” at the expense of the majority. We hate that you’re in the process of ruining a country because you can’t see the larger threats of godlessness and a globalized governing body.

Oh that the Democrats could split into two or more parties! One that preaches inclusiveness of those who call good evil and evil good. And another party that keeps after the Republicans to feed the needy, take care of the infirmed, and show brotherly love and kindness to everyone. At the moment, neither party has got it right.

Your time will come. But for now, stop yer whining and practice what you preach about loving one another and showing tolerance to your elders, who might just know something you don’t.

 

For the Sake of Argument

November 8th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Musings, Network Marketing

I admit it…I should know better. I have been commenting online at the 3 local newspaper sites for many years. Anonymously. Where I can speak my mind without too much concern for retribution. Each of the three sites has its own personality and the comments I make are tailored as such. Except today I crossed wires.

The Salt Lake Tribune comment board is clearly anti-Mormon and likely serves as a gathering spot for many to vent among those who feel similarly. Rather than try and engage in discussion, I tend to make my comments and leave. I’m sure I am hated by some, ignored by some and read by many. That’s my intent–to make them read what I have to say. I am not the least bit interested in discussing anything with most of the folks who comment there.

The Deseret News site is heavily moderated and about 10% of my comments aren’t approved. In the past year or so the tone of the comments on the articles there have gotten more moderate as people from around the country chime in with their opinion. The structure of the comments section does not allow for easy discussion back and forth and that, combined with the heavy moderation, makes for a nicer, more civil atmosphere.

The Daily Herald site has undergone a change in the past few years, too. Previously one could comment anonymously and hardly anyone did. Truly, there were fewer than a few dozen regulars and when things got heated it was still much tamer than the Trib site. Then the Herald started using the Facebook Comment app and that brought about some significant changes.  First and foremost is that unless one goes to the trouble of creating a fake FB account just to comment, everyone’s comments show up with their Facebook real name. No more anonymity. Secondly, there doesn’t seem to be any moderation outside of violating FB’s TOS, so anything goes as far as language, something that’s not allowed on the other two (or most) newspaper sites.

Commenting in one’s own name is definitely riskier and it does put a damper on me at times as well as many other people, I would think. Fortunately there are only a few topics that I find myself motivated to comment about on the Herald site so normally I just mind my P’s and Q’s and don’t mind entering into a real discussion.  I find myself commenting on the Bus Rapid Transit project, sexual assault at BYU, and when I saw an article slamming MLMs I figured I would make the first comment, as I’m pretty familiar with the topic.

I’m not wild about Network Marketing and have been very critical over time of some of the practices I have seen over the past 25 years, as an independent distributor for at least 5 different companies and a corporate-side employee for two companies. I’ve written dozens of posts related to MLMs and have on my To Do list writing an ebook called “Network Marketing is Broken or How the Average Person Really Can Make $$$ in a Few Hours a Week.”

So my intent in commenting was to share some of what I have learned about MLMs and to point out that the criticisms that are leveled against it often misstate the issue. After my initial comment,

“John Oliver is a comedian by trade and his show is a “news satire television program” per wikipedia. Somehow citing this guy in regards to MLMs seems pretty comical, sort of like getting one’s knowledge of the Book of Mormon from the musical instead of the missionaries.”

there was a follow-up comment by someone that included this:

” They’re pyramid schemes” in reference to MLMs.

And that’s when I made my mistake. I SHOULD have just let it go. What do I really care if someone thinks they are pyramid schemes? Sure, that usually means they don’t know squat about MLMs, but why should I feel that I have to educate them? Well, part of the problem was that generally I get involved in discussions on the Herald site and my crossed wires came when I responded to the above with:

“Ridiculous, unsubstantiated, broadbrush statement.”

OK, not very nice on my part and I clearly was in a SL Trib mindset and not a Daily Herald mindset. My bad. What followed was lots of typing on my part explaining this and that about Network Marketing in an attempt to point out that the “pyramid scheme” label was not an accurate one. I won’t bore the reader with all of the comments in the thread, but rest assured that the good stuff about MLMs will be in the book.

The part that I totally missed was that the other person was arguing for the sake of arguing and didn’t really care about whether or not my statements were accurate. They didn’t want to discuss Network Marketing–they wanted to win an argument.

When that finally dawned on me I deleted all but one of my comments–one that wasn’t addressed to the specific arguer–and decided to write this post instead.

Yep, I made a mistake. I forgot one of the basic principles of human interaction: Some people just suck.

Edit: Just 2 days after penning this entry I attempted to post a comment on the Salt Lake Tribune site and was informed that I have been banned. No warning, no explanation.  In a sense I am relieved. I guess I’ll just speak my peace here where I can’t be banned regardless of any comments about having a threesome with some guy’s mother and sister.

Family History Update 9-14-2016

September 14th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Family History

I still need to go back through the last couple of entries related to Hendrik Gerrit Vorkink and Diena Willemsem’s descendants and clean things up. I also need to add to my posts of people to continue to research from that group, those whom I didn’t find enough information on. I think I will also start a post with the names of the group of people who represented the last in their line and maybe another post of those who were born around 1900 whom didn’t have marriage, children or death info. This last list is a little different than the first list in that there isn’t necessarily a problem finding the info, I just haven’t found it. The first list is those whom I have looked at the available records and couldn’t satisfy myself about what the info was. Hope that clears things up. But I will probably leave that for Sunday morning when I have a larger block of uninterrupted time. Also, I am thinking I might go back through the posts and take out some of the editorial comments and just leave the info that I found.

Most recently, I have been creating a spreadsheet in Google Sheets that lists all of Hendrik’s and Diena’s descendants. While this is available in FamilySearch via the Descendancy Tree view, I find having it in a spreadsheet is easier to view and allows me to list what additional info needs to be found. Also, it is a listing I could potentially share with someone who might not want to sign up for FamilySearch. Family history work for LDS temple ordinances is just one reason to compile these lists of distant relatives. I suspect that one day we might find a use for these relationships in the medical realm and genetic research.

The mountain is high, but I trudge along one step at a time. Next up will be moving back a generation to another Hendrik Gerrit Vorkink, this one married to Everdina Muetstege, and looking for his descendants, double checking what is in FamilySearch. Then continue backward along the Vorkink line until I have found all the Vorkink descendants that I can, at least through about 1900 or so. (Recognize that 90+% of these already exist in FamilySearch.) I can’t predict how long that task will take as my family history efforts seem to come and go in waves. At that point I suppose I will have to decide if I want to go down the Gobel line or one of my other family lines.

 

Antonia Vorkink and Kobus Geverink and their descendants

September 6th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Family History

Antonia’s birth checks out on Wiewaswie, where we also find that she was married on 11 February 1860 to Kobus Geverink in Eibergen, which would help explain why she shows dying there 21 years later. I checked out the original marriage document (Plaats instelling: Arnhem Collectiegebied: Gelderland Archief:0207 Registratienummer:5189 Aktenummer:5 Registratiedatum: 11 februari 1860 Akteplaats:Eibergen) but am not including it here, though I do want to mention that there is a lot of handwritten Dutch on it and it might have something interesting to say. We learn that Kobus was a shoemaker, son of Gerrit Jan Geverink and Berendina Blankvoort. Kobus was born on 1 August 1829 in Eibergen. (Plaats instelling: Arnhem Collectiegebied: Gelderland Archief: 07 Registratienummer: 5202 Aktenummer :78 Registratiedatum: 1 augustus 1829 Akteplaats: Eibergen (Berkelland)). Kobus dies 21 February 1891 in Eibergen (Plaats instelling: Arnhem Collectiegebied: Gelderland Archief: 0207 Registratienummer: 5132 Aktenummer: 17 Registratiedatum: 23 februari 1891 Akteplaats: Eibergen (Berkelland)).

Let’s see how many little Geverinks Kobus and Antonia had. Their oldest child is Hendrica Berendina Geverink, born in Eibergen on 23 January 1861 (Plaats instelling: Arnhem Collectiegebied: Gelderland Archief: 0207 Registratienummer: 5198 Aktenummer :9 Registratiedatum: 23 januari 1861 Akteplaats: Eibergen.) Then Gerrit Hendrik Geverink, born 21 October 1862 in Eibergen (Plaats instelling: Arnhem Collectiegebied: Gelderland Archief: 0207 Registratienummer: 5198 Aktenummer: 129 Registratiedatum: 22 oktober 1862 Akteplaats: Eibergen.) Then Jan Gerhard Geverink on 7 July 1865 in Eibergen (Plaats instelling: Arnhem Collectiegebied: Gelderland Archief: 0207 Registratienummer: 5198 Aktenummer: 75 Registratiedatum: 10 juli 1865 Akteplaats: Eibergen). Next is Gradus Geverink, born 11 April 1868 in Eibergen (Plaats instelling: Arnhem Collectiegebied: Gelderland Archief: 0207 Registratienummer: 5198 Aktenummer :43 Registratiedatum: 11 april 1868 Akteplaats: Eibergen.) Last seems to be Sara Geertrui Geverink, born in Eibergen 28 January 1871 (Plaats instelling: Arnhem Collectiegebied: Gelderland Archief: 0207 Registratienummer: 5197 Aktenummer : Registratiedatum: 30 januari 1871 Akteplaats: Eibergen (Berkelland). Not  sure why Sara’s record is in inventory number 5197 when the rest are in 5198. Could it be a typo? I could see 5199, as it comes later I would think. Not going to worry about it right now, just as I am not going to pull up images of the birth records. I’ll list the above sources in FamilySearch. I want to check some of the other databases to make sure that I didn’t miss anyone. OK, after checking a few places that seems to be all of them. On to FamilySearch.

Hmmm. There was an existing record for a Kobus Geverink–same fellow, as his wife is shown as Antonia–but when I chose to add it the result was creating a second marriage record to Antonia. Maybe that is a function of FamilySearch and I will try and merge these records later. The reason that the previous record was there was because there has been work done on Jan Gerhard Geverink and his family and I tied into it. Merging Antonia’s two records seemed to have done the trick. Now to add the rest of the info. Got their marriage and death info correct, taking a break before I add the rest of the children and Kobus’ parents into.

I added the other 4 children into FamilySearch and then Kobus’ father, Gerrit Jan Geverink. Kobus’ mother, Berendina, was already in FamilySearch, along with her parents and two sibilings. I did not look for any of Kobus’ siblings at this time. I looked at the temple ordinance info for the Blankvoorts (Samuel Blankvoort and Geertuijd te Brinke) and noted that the initial work was done in the L.A. Temple in November 1961. What are the odds that my grandparents Vorkink knew whomever did this work, as that is when they were very busy in the same temple? Curiosity has got me…now I have to check the family records to see if maybe THEY did the work. Hmmm. William (grandpa) was in the L.A. Temple the same day that Berendina was baptized by proxy, as well as a good number of other Blankvoort family members. I don’t have a family group sheet for Samuel and Geertuijd, but as the dates are the same for the ordinances, my guess is that William, Hazel and others did this work.

It’s also interesting to note that William lists himself on the family group sheet that I have for Hendrik Blankvoort (born abt 1690) as a “4 gg son” or 4th great-grandson. I’m going to check FamilySearch and see if I can connect these Blankvoorts. Yep, Samuel’s parents were Aaltje Blankvoort, Hendrik’s youngest child, and Jan Blankvoort, who appears to be Aaltje’s first cousin, having Hendrik Blankvoort as a common grandfather. I’m not entirely clear this is accurate and will have to get back to it at another time, when I am looking at the Maas line, which was Hendrik Gerrit Vorkink’s mother’s line. She would be my great-great-grandmother. My grandfather must not have come across the connection with the Vorkink and Blankvoort lines with Kobus and Antonia.

Back to the Geverink children: two of them die under the age of 10, Gerrit Hendrik Geverink and Gradus Geverink. Hendrika Berendina Geverink marries Gerrit Jan Wonnink and they have two children, Engbert Wonnink, who marries Jantjen Poelert, and Kobus Antonie Wonnink, who marries Anna Wilhelmina Gerritsen. I could only find one child for Engbert and Jantjen, a son named Hendrik who dies at 7 weeks. I didn’t find any children for Kobus and Anna. Put all into FamilySearch, including inlaws when found.

Next up is Jan Gerhard Geverink, who was already in FamilySearch. So I need to verify his info and see if there are any children that haven’t been listed yet. Turns out he had 5 children: Antonia (this was the one that was already in FamilySearch, although the name was incorrectly listed as “Anna”, marries Jan Wormmeester), Jan (dies at 1 year) Jan (marries Maria Helena Zegers–spent an hour looking for her birth date with no luck. One online site lists it as 20 August 1899, but without any source documentation I wasn’t going to use it), Derkje (couldn’t find any record other than her birth–which I checked to verify the spelling), and Kobus (marries Margje de Jonge). I tracked down their spouses and inlaws where appropriate and possible and updated FamilySearch.

The last of Antonia and Kobus Geverink’s children is Sara Geertrui Geverink, who marries Berend Lammers.  Their first child was an unnamed stillborn male. Their second child was Grietje Antonia Lammers, but I could find nothing other than her birth record at this point. Then they had a son named Kobus Lammers whose death record shows a spouse named Katharina Wilhemine Mulder. I spend a good amount of time looking for more info on her and came up empty. I put this note on her file in FamilySearch: “The only reference to this person is on the death record of Kobus Geverink where she shows as his spouse. Did not find any other results in various online databases with the spelling “Mulder.” It is possible that she was foreign-born, German or Swiss, as there are women named “Katharina Wilhelmine” with the surname Mueller or Müller in various databases, although none directly tie in with Kobus or locations in Gelderland or the Netherlands for that matter.”  Next come Jan Hendrik Lammers, where again I could find was a birth record. Their last child appears to be Antonia Gerritdina Lammers and again, no other info found for her.

This brings me to a stopping point for Antonia Vorkink and Kobus Geverink’s children and descendants. There are a couple of question marks that I want to address should I get back to this group in the near future. And, should I figure out where to get the more current records I will keep looking for more of these Vorkink descendants.

Hendrik Vorkink and Janna Muetstege, Hendrik Gerrit Vorkink and Heintje Wissink and their Children

September 4th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Family History

The 3rd child and oldest son of Hendrik Gerrit Vorkink and Diena Willemsen, Hendrik Vorkink marries Janna Muestege, and this couple shows as having one child–Hendrik Gerrit Vorkink…sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Hendrik Gerrit Vorkink marries Heintje Wissink in Goor, where she was born 24 years earlier. Haven’t been able to find an exact date. Note that there is another Goor in the south of the Netherlands, but this Goor is in Overijssel and near Lochem where this H.G.V. is from. H.G.V. and Heintje have one child that I have found so far, Johanna Vorkink, born 14 August 1897 in Lochem. I cleaned up some of the info in FamilySearch and added Johanna, as well as Heintje’s father, Gerrit Wissink, her mother Everdina Eliza Alink, having already existed in FamilySearch. I also added Heintje’s parents’ marriage info. All of this information is pretty easy to find using OpenArch.nl, which has a dandy feature on the individual result page where it lists links to other entries related to the same people. I am not looking at the original archived documents at this time.

Heintje dies in Lochem on 17 March 1900 at age 27. (Which means her birthday was not between Oct. 14 and March 17 as she would have been 28.) H.G.V. marries again 13 years later on 30 August 1913 in Lochem to Hendrika Christina Hiestand. This info was already in FamilySearch.

But what of Johanna? Part of my quest is trying to find the descendants of a common ancestor. Turns out that she was the only child of H.G.V. and Heintje and it doesn’t look like she ever married. She had a half sister, Alberta Hendrika Vorkink, born 3 November 1915 in Lochem. “Berta” as she was known, or “Miss Vorkink,” also did not marry, although she apparently was a big deal and has a biography page where I got this info. http://www.biografischwoordenboekgelderland.nl/bio/3_Berta_Vorkink Berta died 18 July 1980 in Arnhem.

Teunis Vorkink and Aaltje Aaftink

September 4th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Family History

In the process of looking at the records for Willem Vorkink & Geertrui Maas’ children, I noticed that family records and FamilySearch don’t show a spouse for Willem’s brother, Teunis. Let’s fill in that blank.

Teunis was born in Lochem 11 April 1839. (Lochem, archive 207, inventory number 3752, April 12, 1839, record number 34).  Teunis Vorkink Birth RecordHe marries Aaltje Aaftink on 9 November 1872. (Holten 1811-1932, Holten, archive 123, inventory number 7211, November  9, 1872, record number 16).(I couldn’t find an image for the listed event in the online archive.) However, the marriage record says she was 26 and born in Holten. None of the online databases have a record of her birth. I will go ahead and list it “about 1846” based on what is listed elsewhere and the marriage date.

One site shows Teunis’ death on 1 April 1912 in Holten with a source reference that I am trying to verify. The Overijssel Archive (http://www.historischcentrumoverijssel.nl/) has a listing also, but I am having trouble finding the image. The reference says it should be inventory 7357 record 13–but record 13 is not Teunis. I’ll see if I can find another reference somewhere. (Wiewaswid uses the same reference.) I have looked through the March-April records and didn’t see Teunis anywhere, although I need to double check the year. Yeah, it looks like these are for 1905, not 1912. OK, so this archive is a bit tricky in that it contains multiple years and the record numbering resets each year. Teunis’ record is actually on page 119/130:

Teunis Vorkink Death RecordI should have picked up on the photo reference sooner and seen that it was showing 7357-1905 at first and I needed to be in the part of the file that said 7357-1912 for the year he died. Regardless, we now have a good date and location to put into FamilySearch. (Done.)

I found Aaltje’s death information in the same Overijssel Archive for Holten, this time inventory 7360, record 44. There wasn’t a link to an image, so maybe this book hasn’t been scanned yet. She died on 8 December 1936 in Holten. I’ll put this info into FamilySearch and might get started on addLet ing her family, too. I haven’t found any records that indicate that Teunis and Aaltje had any children.

Aaltje’s father was Hermannes Aaftink and her mother was Gezina Steunenberg. I found a record of Hermannes’ death first, in the same Overijssel – Holten Archive, inventory number 7356 record 44. 26 July 1893.  Unfortunately, I can’t get an image because the archived document is listed incorrectly and doesn’t begin with Page 1 in 1893, rather Page 1 in 1897. Somebody goofed. Let’s try and find his birth info. www.genealogieonline.nl and also Ancestry.com show his birth date as 29 November 1816, but there isn’t an original source attached, although the latter points us to wiewaswie.  Wiewaswie’s record of his death shows his age to be 76, which lends support to the November birth date as he died in July and not yet reached what would have been his 77th birthday if he was born in 1816. Still, someone came up with the date in November and I just need to keep digging.

Turns out the key was a simple switch to Hermannus from Hermannes. This is also a case where the archive does not add the year as a suffix on this inventory number (7209), yet renumbers the records each year. As the inventory (0123.07209 Holten 1811-1932) starts in 1811 and I looking for a marriage in 1839 (the marriage info came up on a wiewaswie search ), I had to jump around until I found the record on page 50 of the index. In the past I would have just copied the reference material from wiewaswie and moved on, but now, as I am trying to get images of the original documents, I am taking it a couple of steps further. Certainly the reference in wiewaswie would not have been enough to lead one directly to the entry in this index, although I’m not sure how else it could have been identified. And there aren’t any images for the records in this inventory, just an index.

As it turns out, the indexed information gives us what we want to know. Hermannus was born 29 November 1816 in Holten and was a smith by trade. Geziena was born 18 October 1815 in Holten. Hermanus’ parents were Jannes Aaftink (also a smith) and Willemina Barvelinks. Geziena’s parents were Hendrikus Steunenberg (a shoemaker) and Aaltje Middeldorp. Now I’ll take a look in FamilySearch to see if there is already a record there, if not, I’ll add this couple and then look for any other children they might have had, as well as Geziena’s death date and location.  Found her death info on wiewaswie and the listing of the indexed record (Overijssel Archive:0123 registration:7354 Record number:40) of her death on Wiewaswie (3 July 1874 – Holten) and took at look at the index and there wasn’t an image there.

I think I will stop there with the Aaftink family. I’ve come to this point before and tempting as it is to keep going down this road, I’ll try and be consistent when it comes to cousins’ in-laws. I’ll list the cousin’s spouse and parents, but won’t continue on to list their children, parents or siblings. I’m drawing this line so I can stay somewhat focused, although even that is a humorous thought as I jump around so much as it is.

Well, we now have a spouse (Aaltje Aaftink) for Teunis, as well as her parents. I didn’t find Aaltje’s birth record, but maybe will give it one more look with “Hermannus.” Wiewaswie has a listing for her marriage and death, but neither of the related online records have birth date info or images to look at the http://www.historischcentrumoverijssel.nl/ site. Her birth info should be in inventory 7183, but there isn’t even an index available online for that book at this time. Ancestry.com had a listing for a birth date of 20 July 1846, with a reference to https://www.genealogieonline.nl/en/genealogie-kuijken-dikschei/bronnen/S4814.php. That is a private genealogy and the source says “persoonskaart” or “Person Card.” Supposedly the researcher has seen her Person Card, which was a form of registration, and has derived the information from there. Do I update FamilySearch without seeing the original Person Card? Not today, as all the information that is needed for her ordinances is already there. That took a little time, but I am also getting an education along the way and going up the learning curve.

Everdina Vorkink and Martinus Riethorst and descendants

September 4th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Family History

The last of Hendrik Gerrit Vorkink and Diena Willemsen’s children, Everdina. At first I had little thought that this caboose child had much info or family. Boy was I wrong! Everdina’s family was easy to track using OpenArch.nl. She married Martinus Riethorst and had 8 children: Gesina, Dina, Gerrit Jan, Martientjen, Hendrika Gerritdina (dies as a child), Hendrika Gerdina, Hendrik Antonie, and Willem. I am in the process now of adding them to Family Search and will continue on to see if I can find their marriages, children etc. After chasing shadows for hours it is satisfying to find a family where most of the records are at hand.

I tracked down Martinus Riethorst’s parents and they were both already in FamilySearch, so I connected those dots. Martinus shows as the only child, born 12 years after their marriage, so odds are he has a number of siblings that need to be found. However, at this point, again, my main focus is on identifying direct descendants of my ancestors, including their spouses and mother- and father-in-law, but stopping at that point.

Gesina Reithorst marries Klaas Gernaat in Zutphen on 14 December 1898, she previously having given birth to a daughter, Clasina. I added this note to Clasina’s FamilySearch record:”As the documents related to her birth and her parents marriage are in Dutch and I can’t read Dutch, I’m not entirely sure as to what happened, but it appears that Clasina was born to Gesina 11 months before her parents were married. It looks like there was an official recognition signed by her father Klaas attesting to his responsibility as Clasina’s father. This document is a birth record that was amended and includes the information that Clasina was born 25 February 1898.” Was Klaas really Clasina’s father or did he step up and attest to as much as part of his marriage? I only raise this because it appears that he was born to a single mother and the father wasn’t identified in public records, although FamilySearch did have a record for Klaas with “Ties Prins” listed as his father. This appears to be an entry created by FamilySearch and not submitted by a user. However, this mystery will have to wait.

I found a reference to Clasina at Tombrock.name that indicates that she died in Dieren on 31 October 1981, but lacking any corroboration I have not put that info into FamilySearch. I went ahead and added the rest of Gesina’s and Klaas’ children that were listed at OpenArch.nl: Everdina Johanna, Martijntje, Nn (for No name, a stillborn child of unknown gender), Hendrika Gerritdina, and Johanna Hendrika Wilhelmina.

On to the second of Everdina’s and Martinus’ children, Dina Riethorst. Dina marries Gerrit Abbenbroek, who was already in FamilySearch, as was Dina, their marriage info and one child, Martinus Hendrikus Cornelis Abbenbroek. (For what it’s worth, it appears that DianeNelson1 is the username that added them to FamilySearch.) Dina’s death date was listed in FamilySearch as 7 November 1919, and while DianeNelson1 doesn’t list a source, on pondes.nl there is a reference to Gemeente = Arnhem Soort akte = overlijden Archief locatie = Gelders Archief Aangiftedatum = 08-11-1919 Overlijdensdatum = 07-11-1919 Toegang = 0207 Inventarisnummer = 8065 Aktenummer = 912. I did not verify this reference. I couldn’t find anything more about Martinus Hendrikus Cornelis. His father remarried after Dina died in 1919 and I found a typo in the marriage date, changing to from 1928 to 1920 in FamilySearch.

Gerrit Jan Reithorst–the third child–marries Geertjen Mulder. They have a child named Everdina Reithorst, who marries a man named Bernardus Koerselman, who dies one year later. No children from that marriage that I can find. However, there is a record of an Everdina Reithorst giving birth to a child named Jannetje Alberts in 1932, daughter of Gerrit Jan Alberts. I am going to see if I can find a marriage record or some other information that will determine if this is the same Everdina Reithorst. Hmmm. I couldn’t find any other documentation about this possible family and when I took a look at the only record I could find–Jannetje’s death record showing she was only 5 days old–it lists her father’s name as Hendrik, not Gerrit. Google search for these names comes up with nothing helpful, so I am going to move on and see if Geertjen Mulder has any more children. She does, the next child Evert Jan dying at 8 weeks old. Next is Martinus Riethorst, only I didn’t find any record of his marriage or death. However, Gerrit Jan Riethorst dies the following year. It does not appear that Geertjen remarries. I need to add her parents to FamilySearch. Done, with their names but no other info.

Martientjen Riethorst is the next child and she marries Cornelis Verhoeven–a very common name. She dies at age 35 and while I couldn’t find any birth records for her children, there is a marriage record of a son, Martinus Verhoeven. Martinus marries Sija Pieternella Christina de Bouter. Her parents were in FamilySearch and I connected things and added sources.

Hendrika Gerritdina Riethorst dies at age 16. Not much else to enter on her. Next is her sister Hendrika Gerdina Riethorst. Kind of interesting that after her older sister Martientjen dies in 1909, Hendrika Gerdina marries her widower Cornelis Verhoeven in 1910. They have a son named Cornelis who is born 28 February 1912 in Utrecht. OpenArch.nl, where I have been finding this information, has this child’s name as “Corneils”, which is clearly a typo, as supported by the correct spelling on wiewaswie.nl. I sent in a form on the OpenArch site asking them to correct it.

Hendrik Antonie Riethorst is the next of Everdina’s and Martinus’ children. He married Johanna Alberdina Hartgers and they have a child, Everdina Riethorst. Not including the dates in this entry as everything is pretty straightforward and documented. Entered into FamilySearch as well as Johanna’s parents’ names.

The last of these Riethorst children is Willem, who marries Catharina Johanna Riethorst, born on 8 January 1886 in Zutphen–perhaps a distant cousin? They have a child, Everdina Johanna Riethorst.  Must have been fun with the family got together “Everdina Riethorst…come here right now!” and 3 girl cousins all appear. I’m guessing they had nicknames or maybe no family get-togethers, perhaps explaining why these 3 girls were all named after their grandmother. Hey, I’m not throwing any rocks here! Three of my children were given names that were already in use by my cousins–Kevin, Christina, Kyle–but we didn’t know and didn’t bother to check. Not a lot of communication in the Vorkink family. I still can’t get the list of all of William and Hazel’s descendants that was compiled for last year’s family reunion. Although I am putting the world on notice that Kevin would like to name a son “Kobus” should he get the opportunity. OK, back to the research. Updated FamilySearch for Willem, Catharina Johanna, and Everdina Johanna. Catharina’s parents were already in FamilySearch, along with one of her many siblings.

I believe that finishes up Martinus Riethorst’s and Everdina Vorkink’s descendants, at least as far as I can find in OpenArch.nl, which really doesn’t include many descendants born after 1911 or so. As their temple work can’t be done except by direct descendants for a few more years, I’m stopping at this point.

 

More on Willem Vorkink and Geertrui Maas’ Children

September 4th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Family History

I realized that I jumped over the rest of Willem Vorkink and Geertrui Maas’ children as I started researching Teunis and Willem’s other siblings. These are their children:

Hendrik Gerrit Vorkink – My great-grandfather.

Jan Willem Vorkink – Married to Maria Johanna Van Veen.

Johannes Diedrik Vorkink – Married to Cornelia Sluis

Hendrikus Bernardus – died at age 7 months

Barend Vorkink – does not appear to have been married

Berbard Hendrik Vorkink – died at age 1 month.

First let me note that the family record sheet prepared by my grandfather William Vorkink has a note that reads “Willem Vorkink moved from Lochem, Gelderland, to Zwindrecht, So.H., before the birth of his children. He was employed in Government work.” I mentioned in an earlier post that I found it interesting that he and Geertrui got married in Rotterdam instead of Lochem, which was their hometown. Also, I have made the correction that Hendrik Gerrit was born in Rotterdam and not Zwindrecht.  Zwindrecht population register Willem and Geertrui and familyI realize that the image is faint and difficult to read, but one can discern the spelling of the names, birth dates, and the city of birth. The record was made in 1872-1873 and as Hendrikus had died by then and Bernard had not yet been born, they are not listed.

As I mentioned above, there is no record that Barend ever married. In fact, other than this entry in the register and a death record 85 years later, there is no record of Barend at all. I tried the variant spelling, Berend, and didn’t get anything either. Put this on the list for future investigation. Let me note that FamilySearch had him listed as “Barend Bartelmes Vorkink.” Based on the above register and his death record, I removed the “Bartelmes.” It was unsourced in FamilySearch and should we run across a source that shows Bartelmes we can add it back in.

On to Jan Willem Vorkink. He and his wife are the couple that Willam mentions he and Coba went and stayed with on several occasions. While he has a record in FamilySearch, along with his wife Maria Johanna Van Veen, and a daughter Geertuida Maria Vorkink, there is some cleaning up and verifying to do. Yikes! Haven’t been able to find much about these 3 people. FamilySearch has a death date for Maria of 21 April 1937, but that appears to be the death date of her brother Cornelius. Geertruida marries Willem Dam and they have at least one child, Jan Koop Dam. Funny how the records are more complete in the 1800’s. I can’t even verify that the Geertruida who shows as the wife of Willem Dam and mother of Jan Koop Dam (who dies at age 6 and whose death record is the only record of this family) is the same Geertruida. FamilySearch shows her being married to Christiaan Verhaeken (in Vlaardingen), only there is no record of anyone with that surname in any of the databases, so it is likely a misspelling. Google only comes up with results when the spelling is changed to Verhaegen and that is a Flemish name. I am going to set this whole line aside for the moment and come back to it at another time. I guess I need to start a post of such situations where I can aggregate these hard-to-find people for later reference.

 

 

Does this generation have more Attractive Women than any other?

August 31st, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Musings

My 2nd oldest, Kevin, being single, has an eye on the ladies and is constantly amazed at the plethora of beautiful girls he sees at UVU or the University Mall. With the wisdom of age, I give him my best judgment as to why this is:

Girls today have no real standards or trends that limit how they dress, wear their hair and makeup, or accessorize their outfits. In fact, I believe one has to go back to “80’s hair” to find any kind of standard look. True enough that today’s college girl is likely to wear skinny jeans/yoga pants/stretch pants when the weather cools down and that article of clothing might become a basic just as denims are for many guys. But beyond that, the freedom that today’s girl has to choose her hairstyle is almost unparalleled in the past century and one would think for all prior history, not just due to her liberated state, but also due to the various mechanisms for coloring and shaping one’s coif.

With said freedom comes the ability to choose which style fits one’s face in the most flattering manner. Pick your color of hair, style and color of eye treatments, etc., and the modern girl can experiment until she finds her best look. Then she can pick clothing styles that best fit her figure and personality. And should she be really daring, she can have her body surgical contoured when shaping it via padding and spanxing and exercise and weights don’t complete the job.

And teeth! Straightened, whitened, fabulous! No more snaggleteeth.

I would venture to say that the average girl of yesteryear, coming in at a 5 on a scale 10 hottieness, would easily appear as a 7 in today’s world once fully outfitted and equipped.

Yet a word of caution to the young and awestruck: This type of beauty is only skin deep and the hottieness inflation of our time might disguise flaws heretofore found only rarely in prior eras, but with greater frequency today. Is too much time, effort, and money spent on one’s appearance? Is there ANY correlation between one’s appearance and their character, virtues, or compatibility as a spouse? Have these artificially inflated hottieness numbers only increased the length of the descent to an unvarnished, naked reality and the potential accompanying disappointment?

Now is as good a time as any to relate one of my favorite stories, the one of the young man in the small European village who was seeking a wife. There were only two eligible girls in his town and one was known for her beauty and the other for her fine singing voice. His father having died years before, he sought advice and counsel from his dear, aged mother. “Mother, which of these two girls should I ask to wife?” The response he got was “Beauty fades with time, but talent is everlasting.” The young man followed his mother’s advice and asked the lesser attractive of the two to marry him. Upon awakening on the first morning of married life, the young man turned his eyes to his new bride, and shouted “Sing, damn it, Sing!”

 

 

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