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September 1st, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Family History

I’ve been wandering through the database and cleaning up some info in the FamilySearch database and figured it would be good if I had some idea of how I am related to some of these people. For example, Derk Johannes Groenouwe.

Our common ancestor is Hendrik Gerrit Vorkink.  His children included Hendrik and Jenneken:

Hendrik Gerrit Vorkink                   Jenneken Vorkink

Willem Vorkink                                 Derk Groenouwe

Hendrik Gerrit Vorkink                   Derk Jan Groenouwe

William Vorkink                                Derk Johannes Groenouwe

Marshall Vorkink

Kent Vorkink

So, if I’ve got this right, Derk Johannes Groenouwe was my grandfather William’s 3rd cousin…which makes him my 3rd cousin twice removed.


Vorkink line research log

August 30th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Family History

9-5-2015 thru

Started in on Jenneken Vorkink’s (and Gerrit Jan Groenouwe) children, their spouses, in-laws, and grandchildren. Made the decision (sans a directive I could find otherwise) to name stillborn or otherwise unnamed children as NN Surname.

Jenneken and Gerrit Jan have 4 children listed (so far):

Derk Groenouwe – with Maria Weenk: need to update for grandchildren

  • Derk Jan Groenouwe (died at 2-3)
  • Derk Jan Groenouwe – with Johanna Polman
  • Gerrit Jan Groenouwe (died at 18, unmarried?)
  • Tonia Groenouwe – with Gerrit van Dijk
  • Johanna Groenouwe – unmarried?

Hendrik Groenouwe no other info yet

Hendrikus Groenouwe – with Harmina Nijkamp

  • Gerritdina Groenouwe – with Gerrit Kamphuis
    • Johannes Wilhelmus Kamphuis – Wilhelmiina Johanna ter Mul
    • Hermina Hendrika Kamphuis – Jan Hendrik Addink*
      • Gerritdina Addink – died at age 1
    • Hendrikus Kamphuis – died as infant
    • Gerritdina Kamphuis – died at age 2
    • William Kamphuis – died as infant
  • Jantjen Groenouwe – died at 1
  • NN Groenouwe – stillborn or died at birth

Hermanus Groenouwe – with Gerritjen Wolters

  • Gerrit Jan Groenouwe – Paulina Maria Paulus***
  • Gerritjen Groenouwe – with Albertus Elizen
    • Hendrikus Hermanus Elizen – with Antje Haitsma
    • Gerrit Albertus Elizen – died age 10
  • Everdina Johanna Groenouwe – with Jan Munter
    • Antonia Munter – with Albert ten Broeke
    • Arnold Hendrik Munter – with Aleida Geertruida Holwarda
    • Gerritje Munter – with Pieter van der Vegt

Note: Spouses with names in bold have not been connected with their parents, whereas those whose names are underlined have been.

* Jan Hendrik Addink had a sibling who died on 21 Feb 1893 in Warnveld. Sex not identified, NN Addink. Can’t read enough Dutch to figure out the gender from the archive record. Not yet included in FamilyTree. Spent some time tying together Jan Henkrik Addink’s parents and info about some of his siblings.


Worked on Johanna Polman’s parents (Garrit Jan Polman and Johanna Berendsen) and siblings. Her older sister Lammertjen was married to Peter Gerrit Jan Wunderink. Each of them had another 5 records in FamilySearch that I merged. Merging the records brought in Peter’s parents and siblings et al. Did not yet add Garrit Jan Polman’s parents/siblings or that of his wife Johanna Berendsen.

Johanna had another sister Harmina Polman who married a Jacob Albert de Roos. Did not add Jacob’s parents or siblings at this time. 

I haven’t yet found Johanna’s brother Jan’s spouse if any. No record of a marriage and his death certificate at age 46 does not show a spouse.

(Note: My methodology is to search wiewaswie for a certain name–in this case Garrit Jan Polman–and sort them by date and go through them sequentially and add the appropriate data. This is hardly foolproof as it presumes that the subject name will always be spelled correctly, which it isn’t. Double-checking by the other names in the archive record can help bring up records that would otherwise be missed because of misspelling.)
In an interesting turn of events, former inlaws Jacob de Roos and Harmina Polman get married after their respective spouses die.
Garrit Jan Polman marries again after Johanna Berendsen dies, to Alida Baerends. They apparently divorce later and there is an odd marriage record in the archive. Not sure I am going to follow it up at this time.


Worked on Arend Jan Wessels family.  Added 4 children (and their spouses and inlaws for some) to FamilySearch, including Gerharda Mina Wessels, wife of Derk Johannes Groenouwe, which is how I got onto this path. Did not look up any of Arend’s grandchildren. (Need to figure out how to get rid of duplicate marriage info on FamilySearch person record where the spouse is Unknown and it is a bogus record resulting from a merge or a find. )Started by searching for Johanna Polman and found some other interesting sources with a Google search.


Worked on the Groenouwe family.


Tracking down a few people. shows a Jan Vorkink and Janna Horstman as parents of Hendrika Vorkink (age 20) who marries Hendrik Jan van Dijk on November 19, 1819. Trying to figure out where this Jan Vorkink fits into our family tree.  So far no luck, although there is a Jan Vorkink (born 12 Apr 1744, son of Jan) married to a Janna Horst on 9 Dec 1792. William shows her birth as “about 1750″ in Lochem, which is a problem if she is Hendrika’s mother as she would have given birth at age 49 or so.  Unfortunately,’s records are sparse before about 1810 and there isn’t much there to go on. Same holds true from

I got started down that road as I was looking to find more information about Jenneke Horstman, wife of Gerrit Vorkink. Noticed that William’s family record sheet lists her birth as “abt 1735″ in Geesteren, but Lorene has it in FamilySearch as about 1740 in Lochem. Sent her an email seeking enlightenment. Can’t find much else about Jenneke at this point, other than her father’s name was Hendrik and no info on her mother.

It must be Horstman day. While looking for associated records I ran across Hermina Horstman, wife of Jan Bolte, daughter-in-law to Johanna Vorkink (daughter of Hendrik Gerrit Vorkink and Everdina Maatstege/Muetstege.) Combined some duplicate records on FamilySearch, which brought up Jan and Hermina’s daughter, Johanna Hermina Bolte.

Unfortunately, the site appears to be down so I’m calling it a day.

Ok, so maybe not done yet. Found a listing of marriages at which includes the following info:

27.11.1863 JAN BOLTE, 23 j., geb. Lochem, dagloner, zn. van Frederik Willem Bolte en Johanna Vorkink, met HARMINA BERENDINA BOSCH, 26 j., geb. Lochem, dienstbode, dr. van Jacobus Bosch en Berendina H. Brinkman

The above implies that Hermina Horstman would be Jan Bolte’s 2nd (or later) wife.

Here are some Vorkink entries from the same site:

27.01.1865 HENDRIK VORKINK, 31 j., geb. Lochem, kleermaker, zn. van Hendrik Gerrit Vorkink en Dina Willemsen, met JANNA MUETSTEGE, 29 j., geb. Lochem, dr. van Egbert Muetstege en Garritjen Nagelvoort

03.02.1829 HENDRIK GERRIT VORKINK, 27 j., geb. Lochem, kleermaker, zn. van Hendrik Vorkink en Everdina Muetstege, met DINA WILLEMSEN, 29 j., geb. Amsterdam, ouders onbekend

30.08.1913 HENDRIK GERRIT VORKINK, 47 j., geb. Lochem, behanger, weduwnaar van Heintje Wissink, zn. van Hendrik Vorkink en Janna Meutstege, met HENDRIKA CHRISTINA HIESTAND, 39 j., geb. Lochem, dr. van Casper Hiestand en Alberta H. Holterman

19.11.1819 HENDRIKA VORKINK, 20 j., geb. Lochem, dr. van Jan Vorkink en Janna Horstman, met HENDRIK JAN VAN DIJK, 22 j., geb. Lochem, timmerman, zn. van Hendrik van Dijk en Hendrika Nijkamp

29.04.1826 HENDRIKE VORKINK, 27 j., geb. Lochem, weduwe van Garrit van Dijk, dr. van Jan Vorkink en Janna Horsman, met LAMMERT TEN HOLTE, 28 j., geb. Lochem, knegt, zn. van Lammert ten Holte en Willemina Klumper

01.08.1856 JAN VORKINK, 31 j., geb. Lochem, metselaar, zn. van Jan Vorkink en Hendrika Harmina Bouwmeester, met BERENDJEN WIJENBERG, 39 j., geb. Lochem, dienstbaar, dr. van Zwier Wijenberg en Harmijna Hulshorst

10.03.1882 JAN VORKINK, 56 j., geb. Lochem, landbouwer, weduwnaar van Berendjen Wijenberg, zn. van Jan Vorkink en Hendrika H. Bouwmeester, met DINE HILFERINK, 21 j., geb. Zelhem, dr. van Hendrik Jan Hilferink en Willemina Abbink

23.11.1838 JOHANNA VORKINK, 31 j., geb. Lochem, dr. van Hendrik Vorkink en Everdine Meutstege, met FREDRIK WILLEM BOLT, 32 j., geb. Lochem, schoenmaker, zn. van Hendrik Bolt en Janna ten Dam

13.05.1904 JOHANNA HENDRIKA VORKINK, 21 j., geb. Lochem, dienstbode, dr. van Jan Vorkink en Dina Hilferink, met HENDRIK JAN NIJMEIJER, 29 j., geb. Markelo, jachtopziener, zn. van Jannes Nijmeijer en Aaltjen Tempelman

29.01.1909 WILLEMINA VORKINK, 20 j., geb. Lochem, dr. van Jan Vorkink en Dina Hilferink, met CAREL CONSTANTIJN NENGERMAN, 25 j., geb. Gorssel, tuinman, zn. van Piet Nengerman en Christina Boomkamp

Sunday Musings 8-30-2015

August 30th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Musings, Religion

1) Sunday Clothes vs Church Clothes.  More than a few minutes were spent by one of the speakers at Church today on the topic of wearing one’s Sunday clothes all day as a form of Sabbath observance.  Try as she might to not make it seem as if one HAD to wear their Sunday clothes all day, she made her opinion known, for at least her and the rest of her celestial kingdom bound house. What happened to the phrase “Sunday best” from the days when people didn’t have many clothes and chose their cleanest/finest to wear to church services? Or, like when I used to wear a suit to work M-F, just what exactly was my Sunday best?  As I looked around the congregation from my vantage point on the last row of chairs, I could see more than a few people who make it there but might not have met this woman’s standard of “Sunday best.” Imagine what they might change into once they returned home! Shorts and a polo shirt like me?  (and barefoot to boot.)  I’ve preferred to call them Church clothes so as to designate what I wear to church. Used to be that folks wore “Sunday best” to ride airplanes and trains, attend public meetings, etc.  So, in today’s casual world where it’s now apparently OK for women to wear pants to church, can we not have our clothing determine our attitude?

2) Estromales – I probably mentioned this in an earlier post, but what is it with the males of the rising generation and their effeminate nature? Sitting in front of us today were a couple of young adult males–not in their Sunday best–unless that red dress shirt was the best the one guy owned the black dress shirt the best the other guy owned.  The one in the red (and van’s deck shoes) just oozed femininity despite his sporting a light beard.  Males with too much estrogen–Estromales–seem to be everywhere. They speak with a lisp, move their hands in a non-manly way ever-so-slightly, and generally don’t seem to be interested in the opposite sex. I don’t think they are gay, or at least most of them aren’t. It must be something in the water supply.


3) Church as a Gym.  The hospital analogy is fine, but I like the church as a gym comparison a bit more. You have a range of people who go to the gym, from the very fit to the very fat. As I sit in the fat section in the cultural hall I get to see many of the other fat people who waddle in (again, sometimes not in their Sunday best) and stay for all or part of the meeting.  It’s like the most fit people are on the stand and sit in progressively less fit and more fat rows as we move backward.  There clearly is more facial hair in the last 10 rows than in the first 10 rows.  Yet, most of the talks are given by the fit people, who sometimes have no idea what it is to be fat. Like today, with the Sunday clothes.  When I’m at the gym and see a real fatty walk in (not someone is just obese like me and needing to lose 60-80 lbs) my reaction is “Wow, good for you! You made it here and that must have been really hard.” Oh that church could be the same.  Less patting on the back about how many crunches you did or how you ran 3 miles and isn’t it great to be fit, and more of an understanding of how much of a challenge it might be for some people just to show up to church.

Family Histories – How Much is Enough?

August 2nd, 2015 | 1 Comment | Posted in Uncategorized

My cousin Lorene Ensley has compiled a wonderful book about my grandparents William and Hazel Vorkink that she debuted at yesterday’s Vorkink reunion in Payson, Utah. There’s lots of photos and documents and information about these two whose descendants number nearly 400 at the present time.  The Marshall Vorkink line is definitely the smallest of the 4 Vorkink siblings and we were represented by Mark and myself and some of our children and grandchildren (and Patricia and Elaine), with my group being Erik, Juliana, Kyle, Rachel, Owen, Kade & Collin. Only Kevin and Tina were missing, which likely makes me the Vorkink Cousin with the highest percentage of my family in attendance. Not too surprising as we all live in Utah.

The event got me thinking about family histories and just how much is enough. Several of my cousins brought additional photos for Lorene to include in her document/book and while these are all interesting, there is a point of diminishing returns where another photo or remembrance doesn’t really add to the core value of the history.  In fact, I wonder if by putting in too much information we muddy the waters and make it more difficult/less interesting for the rising generations to wade through. Sure, I appreciate the detail because I knew them and I only have 4 grandparents, and I carry the Vorkink surname.  Will my daughters’ grandchildren be as interested in reading a 100 page book about their great great great grandparents? Would they prefer the Cliff’s Notes 5 page version?

I’m also thinking about my own parents and my life for that matter. Each successive generation has exponentially more that could be included in a book, so much so that it is hard to start on the task of condensing my father’s life into a narrative, and he’s been gone 14 years now. What about my sister Lisa? Or my mother, who is still living and of whom there are hundreds of hours of interviews, photos and other documents? No one has written anything about my Hucks grandparents either.

I can handle big projects, even if it takes a long time, and yet I’m a bit overwhelmed here. I do wish I had more of my father’s thoughts and feelings on life, but he didn’t keep a journal and most of what I have are the letters he sent to me in the mission field, full of stuff he did and not what he was thinking. I’ve written some about my life and thoughts in the form of blog posts, newspaper article comments, and the occasional journal entry (long ago.) My missionary journals are too boring for me to go through.

There has to be a balance somewhere. What I noticed yesterday was that the Cousins were excited about the documents and photos they were able to contribute and the process served to bring us together a bit. I will likely put the book up online at as it is more suited to an easily-updated digital presentation than a printed book.

How would I summarize what I know of my Vorkink grandparents? Well, he was Dutch, loved music, loved the Gospel, loved his wife and family, was good, honest, and a nice man. She was of pioneer heritage, kind, loved education, loved her family, was devout, and served others. OK, so that’s not enough. There are those who believe that eventually we will have a wiki for the average man, a short summary of our lives that includes the pertinent details and representative photos. Maybe that’s where I should start.

Father’s Day vs Fathers’ Day

June 22nd, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Family History

fathers day 2015I had a great time yesterday for Father’s Day as all six of my children were at the house, along with Mike, Lisa and my mother Patricia. GeriLynn was out of town visiting her father and gathered with all of her siblings at the family home in Culver City. We low-profiled the event, mostly spending our time watching home movies from 1998. I’ve just started digitizing the video tapes and we had some good laughs together. One event we watched was Father’s Day June 21, 1998–same month and day–where I was able to declare that it was my BEST Father’s Day ever as I had never before had so many children.  I was able to repeat that message yesterday and expressed that I was grateful to be a father and for the lessons I have learned along the way.

Yet, being the box-turner that I am, it occurred to me that perhaps in the future we can celebrate Fathers’ Day instead of Father’s Day. My father Marshall Vorkink died in 2001 and his father died 35 years earlier. My older children still have a distinct memory of “Dad Vorkink” and know very little about either of my grandfathers. So my proposal is to turn the focus from me and more towards our ancestral fathers. There is no real “holiday” that celebrates family history and this could be a way to teach the children and grandchildren about their forebears.

It’s not a big thing…just move the apostrophe over one character.

Mary Hudson

June 12th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

I’m tracking through some of the info about William Travis McCaskill, “Billy” as he is referenced at one point. His mother and my ancestor is listed as Mary Hudson, also shown in some places as Mary Wincie Hudson. I’ve created a page on this site for her and am following checking some info about her parents. One family tree on lists her father as as Rev William Hudson and another page lists a Rev William Hudson married to Mary “Polly” Mangum. Unfortunately, this second page does not list Mary as one of their children, so I am still looking for that tie in/source. I’m also looking for verification that Mary’s middle name was Wincie.  This same page lists William Hudson’s parents as James Hudson and Martha (McSween?) McSwain. Via a google search I found a website that had some information about Mary Mangum that shows her parents as Jacob Mangum and Esther Gibson. Additional information is available on this site for their parents etc. lists a William Hudson KCF6-NM6 and his wife Mary Mangum L4T4-B5X and shows several generations of his ancestors in his family tree, but no information about his children. Mary Mangum’s tree shows several generations also, so it would be good to find a source showing William and Mary Hudson as Mary Wincie Hudson’s parents so we can tie the groups together.

William Travis McCaskill

June 11th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Rachel went to Young Women last night and their evening was spent doing family history work at a local stake center. She came home with a Family Ordinance Request for Daisy Ella Smith, wife of William Travis McCaskill. Apparently one of the workers at the local family history center helped Rachel do some research and they came across this couple and noticed that they had not been sealed, in fact, none of the ordinances had been performed for Daisy.

Rachel showed me the form and we dug into the records that I have, and then It appears that when William’s temple work was done in the 1930s there wasn’t any record on his spouse. She does show up in the 1900 census, which wouldn’t have been available (or hard to search) at the time. She also shows up in Find-A-Grave.

Admittedly I haven’t been looking for this type of relative to do temple work for as I have been spending my time trying to work backward on direct lines and get the info that we have organized and cleaned up. I have known for a long time that there are more “cousins” that can be found than there are ancestors. In William’s case, he is the brother of Esther Catherine McCaskill Bethune, one of my great great grandmothers. There were 10-11 siblings in all and I’ll need to check all of them to see if the temple work has all been done. It raises the point that there might be many other “cousins” we can find as we work with currently available information.

It is interesting to note that I have been thinking about McCaskills over the past month or so and feeling that I should be looking at the records of the Scotch Cemetery in Kershaw County, South Carolina. So, that the woman who was helping Rachel last night just happened to choose McCaskill as the family name to research so she could teach Rachel some of what to do, is perhaps just a coincidence…or not.

4-19-2015 Research Notes

April 19th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

I’m off on a tangent but wanted to record where I am nonetheless. My initial goal for today was to search for adoption records that might give us a clue about William Vorkink’s paternal grandmother Diena Willemson. (Sorry if I got that wrong, I just pulled it from memory and that’s not all that reliable anymore.) Instead I found myself at indices of Dutch birth records from 1616 – 1811 as found in two volumes that were microfilmed in 1993. They can be found at Family Search

with urls (that might not work) of

A-Küsters, Gerhardt:,346787801,346826601page 890   page 891


The reason for the note is that just cruising through these 500+ page documents I can see many possible variations of VORKINK (pages 890-891), including Borkink,  Vokkink (pg 880), Vorking (pg 890), Vorckink (pg 890), Vorkinck (pg 890), Vorkinks (pg 891), and Vorkinx (pg 891). I especially like the last one. Perhaps one day I will cross-reference the listed names with what we have in family records. Need to check to see if Lochem and Eibergen have equivalent records.

Family History Research – Weekly Recap 12-21-14

December 22nd, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Family History, Musings

Spent my research time on identifying two places that the Vorkinks (William & Hazel and 4 children) are shown living in the 1930 and 1940 census.  See William’s page for the details. (918 E Garfield Ave, Glendale & 901 S Bronson Avenue, Los Angeles) I posted pictures from Google maps for the Glendale property and checked the Los Angeles County online property records info to verify the size of the property, date built, etc. I need to do the same for the Bronson Avenue property next week.

Of course, my father Marshall was one of those 4 children and perhaps that’s why I find it so interesting to see where he and his family lived. From a strict genealogy viewpoint, especially when it comes to LDS Temple Ordinances, this might seem to be a side track, yet even now includes sections for photos and personal stories as just the basic birth-marriage-death info doesn’t tell much about the persons involved.

The bigger challenge is managing the project. At this time no one else in my extended family–to my knowledge–is working on any of these family lines and histories. While I started this current research with Ammons and Hucks, although a case could be made that my blogs on Bethune family history was the real restart, I’m constantly changing direction, almost at whim. Certainly from an LDS perspective there is an emphasis on identifying ancestors whose temple work has not yet been completed as those dearly departed souls might be waiting to accept said work on the other side of the veil. To a degree this seems at times like searching for a needle in a haystack, well it did at first as I believed that much of the work had been done by my grandmothers Hazel Whitehead Vorkink and Mary Bethune Hucks for their respective lines. So far I have found that on there have been some mistakes made on small details and some family members overlooked. Also, the research is much easier now than when my grandmothers were working on it 40-60 years ago.

Maybe that same trait that caused me to want to be an auditor is why I find myself wanting to correct the mistakes I have found in the work that has been done so far. Not that I have perfectly accurate information, but one of the problems I see over and over again is the repeating of bad info because no one has bothered to double-check it. Admittedly that is one of my purposes in the way that I am doing this research and recording it here. I am hopeful that those who come after me will have fewer inaccuracies to deal with if I can sort out some of the issues now.

Beyond the temple info research and correcting inaccuracies there is the desire to record something about my parents, grandparents, and great grands so that my siblings, cousins, and their descendants will have a better understanding of their ancestors’ lives. This is particularly challenging because of its scope. My mother is still alive and one of her brothers, and I have many cousins on both sides who all will have some memories of our grandparents. Lorene Ensley is threatening to get a Vorkink family reunion scheduled and has reported that she is working on some of William and Hazel’s history, but I truly understand how difficult it can be to do so. How much info does one include? What is most important?

Rather than be paralyzed by the magnitude of the challenge, I’ve decided to just start with what I can find and what I know. Hence, the information about where they lived, including photos where available. I’ll probably regret not recording some of the stories that my mother tells about her youth as I’m usually doing something while she is telling me and we’re not formally making a record. And how important are those stories anyway? As of yet my mother has not written any of her own history, although we do have hundreds of hours of recorded interviews she performed. Does anyone really want to listen to all of that?

What really does matter? From an LDS perspective it would be great to have conversion stories or testimonies, copies of patriarchal blessings, thoughts about the Gospel, records of spiritual experiences, lessons learned from a lifetime. Fortunately we have some of that for a few ancestors. From a family viewpoint it would be interesting to have a record of their achievements, their skills and traits, etc., to look for similarities in our own lives. To add historical perspective it would be enlightening to understand how their daily lives were structured, how they lived without electricity, indoor plumbing, radio, tv, the internet, modern medicine etc. We could learn so much.

If one believes in a heaven of any kind where we will be reunited with loves ones, then the more information we have about them the more we should be able to relate to them once we meet them again. I look forward to talking with Marshall, William, Mary, Howard, Lisa and many other relatives who have already passed on and hope that I have learned enough in this life to more fully appreciate who they are and the lives that they lived.


Family History Research Weekly Recap 12-14-2014

December 14th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Family History

Not a lot of new stuff this week/today. I’m still on the Sunday Morning Plan, so it was only a couple of hours of work, most of which was just double-checking. Now that I have individual pages for ancestors I need to go back through the weekly posts and transfer the pertinent information.  I also went through some of my paper files and found some interesting documents, one a photocopying of a report that Lena Temperance Hucks Padgett commissioned in 1949. Another was a 16 pages from an unnamed book that had Hucks genealogy, not all of which is correct. I have bits and pieces in my files from visits to a family history library going back almost 20 years. I’ll sort through it all and try and get the most accurate info transferred to the pages on this site.