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Orem City Planning

November 9th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

I comment online all the time, engaging in anonymous guerilla warfare and trolling, both for sport and to put my two cents in. The Daily Herald changed their posting policy this past year and now one must use their Facebook ID to post, and while I could use a fake one, I choose to use my own real account. Recently there was an article about the city council elections and I made a comment that was responded to by a young man who asked for my ideas about the future of Orem City. What follows is my response.

Branden, I can appreciate that you are concerned about Orem and have specific views on how it should be developed. I’d like to take you seriously, but I’m having a hard time doing so for a couple of reasons: 1) You clearly didn’t read my entire comment or if you had you would have noticed that I put the names of the 2002 city council members at the bottom, answering my own question; 2) You state without a citation that Orem’s population will double in the next 25 years. Oddly, what I found with a simple Google search was that according to Daily Herald article by Genelle Pugmire dated October 27, 2015 that “In 25 years the city [Orem] is expected to see a 25,000-plus population increase. The county is expected to more than double in population.” Perhaps the reporter got it wrong and you can enlighten us all as to your source?
Petty criticisms aside, let’s assume that there is a 25,000 person increase in population in Orem (which of course assumes that there are lots of big apartment complexes built as there isn’t enough open land to build that many homes), what does that mean for the future of Orem and the children of current residents who would like to stay here?
Well, Orem does not exist in a vacuum and just to the west of us is a massive housing project taking place in Vineyard. One of my complaints about the lovefest surrounding University Place (you know, that project where we made a sweetheart deal for one of the richest corporations in the state?) was that the area doesn’t need the office space and maybe not the housing what with the Vineyard growth already in place. But hey, maybe it will all fill up and everything will work out fine (unless you are the owner of a smaller apartment complex that can’t compete because you didn’t get any subsidies.) Why does Orem feel it needs to compete so heavily with Vineyard (and is losing badly to Lehi and American Fork where there is plenty of land to develop) for new business? Could it be that the city government needs that tax revenue to fund its ambitious growth and justify its existence? Or maybe they figure they will be able to keep our city utility rates low? (Oops. Almost forgot about the planned 100% increase in the next 5 years.)
Let’s be open about the fact that most Orem residents likely don’t care about what the city does or doesn’t do. There is a small group who care about the proper role of government and have been fighting (and losing) the good fight as the city rolls on doing the things that good cities everywhere do, despite the fact they might not be constitutional or ethical or even wise. (Ding ding ding UTOPIA.) Let’s put aside the question of the proper role of government in Orem (as it has been answered by the people) and talk about the future. Where are those 25000 new residents going to live? NIMBY, but probably on State Street. Oh goodie, we’re finally getting to the Master Plan. Rapid transit up and down State Street doesn’t help those of us (the majority) living in neighborhoods. We’re not going to walk to the bus stop to take a bus to our destination on State St. Nor are we likely going to ride a bike or a hoverboard (although they are very cool.) We are going to drive our cars, like our parents and grandparents before us. Maybe those cars will be electric, but we are going to drive them because you’re just not going to get most people who aren’t treehuggers to go out of their way to use mass transit. The elderly, families with multiple small children, anyone who doesn’t want to fight cold, heat, snow, ice, etc. And taking a leisurely stroll down State Street? Sure, I’ve done it on numerous occasions, but there are plenty of other places to take a nice stroll in Orem.
So who would use State Street for walking or mass transit, not counting the passthrough traffic from our neighboring cities? (I shake my head when folks talk about how other areas have developed a downtown where none existed before and I wonder how many of them are landlocked by other municipalities? There’s not enough room in this comment to address the silly idea of building a downtown in Orem.) Ah, back to our 25000 new apartment dwellers living on State Street. They might walk, bike and ride up and down State Street. I would if I lived in an apartment or condo on that big beautiful thoroughfare. Except when the weather was really awful and then I would drive. Do the needs of these State Streetites justify such major change, expense, and upheaval on this main road? Maybe, maybe not. But in my view that is what the discussion should be focused on and not on trying to convince the neighborhood dwellers to change their behavior. Maybe make the developers of these large multi-family complexes pay additional fees towards funding bike paths, green space and some form of mass transit. (Please, oh please, don’t think for a minute that Orem is SLC and needs a metro system or even the boondoggle money-grubbing BRT system.) Let’s not tear up State Street. Forget about creating zones as we’re not playing Sim City and we’re not in a high rent district like West Los Angeles where everyone wants to run a business. We’re in Orem, Utah and we’re Family City USA.
While lacking any credentials as a city planner, I am nonetheless available for hire and or consultation. 😉

Jenneken Vorkink Ancestors

November 1st, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Family History, Uncategorized

Taking a short break from filling in Jenneken Vorkink’s descendants and going to look to see if I can find any of her missing ancestors. FamilyTree has multiple views and the fan chart is very useful to see who’s missing.  Jenneken’s grandparents are all identified, but 5 of 8 great grandparents are not.

Jenneken’s father was Hendrik Gerrit Vorkink and her mother was Everdina Muetstege. (There is some discrepancy in the surname spelling.)

We know 3 of Hendrik’s grandparents, but are missing his mother Jenneke Horstman’s mother. Paternal Grandmother

None of Everdina’s grandparents are shown in FamilyTree.

Paternal Grandfather – Muetstege

Paternal Grandmother –

Maternal Grandfather – Maaselberg

Maternal Grandmother –

Let’s see what I can find. I think I’ll start on the Maaselberg line.

Everdina’s mother was Henders Klein Maaselberg.  My first step will be to see if there are any duplicate records for her in FamilyTree. Nope. How about for her husband, Teunis Muetstege? There are several different spellings of that surname, including Maatstege.  Nothing found under Teunis Muetstege. My next step will be to check the family records I have to see if there is any info that didn’t make it into FamilySearch/FamilyTree. Nope. My grandfather William shows the source of Everdina Maatstege merely as “Gen. Soc.” on the Family Group Sheet he created. The other info about Everdina’s parents must have come from another source. I do see where I have written it in on some Family Group Records that I printed out in 1996, but I didn’t note any source.

Now let me turn to a couple of online sources. The one I have used the most is and the other is the specifc Gelderland Archive at Most of these searches will be in the Gelderland Archive, but I start with the other as it covers all of the Netherlands.

Unfortunately, wiewaswie has no record of a Henders Klein Maaselberg or of any Maaselberg, which makes me question the spelling of the surname. A Google search comes up with only a result that pulls from FamilyTree, so that’s no help.  An advanced search on wiewaswie using the start with feature for the last name and “Ma” with Henders Klein as the forenames also comes up empty. Next I did a regular wiewaswie search with just “Henders Klein” and got 224 results. Scrolling through to the 12th page of results I find “Henders Klein Maasselberg” in Lochem, right where she should be. So it was the double “s” that threw off the original search. But is it really a double “s” or did someone record it incorrectly? I’ll take a look at the actual archive record to see, in this case it is Everdina’s death record, so I can get a look at how her surname is spelled too.

In this case the record is #8 in registration #3723. Clicking on the “View image” link brings up a page on the geldersarchief site as the event is in Gelderland.  Click on the image icon and it usually brings you to the front of the registry book and then it’s just a process of moving through the pages–usually 4 records to a page in the ones I tend to look at in Gelderland–until you reach record #8. Oh my. This isn’t going to be easy. Tiny Dutch handwriting. Let me see if I can suss out what it says.meutstege Maaselberg question

As you can see, it’s not particularly clear. On the Maat vs Muet question, I am leaning towards Muetstege as I’, not seeing the rounded “a”s there that are in Maas. Although I wouldn’t have been able to come up with Muetstege if I was looking at it for the first time. In fact, on wiewaswie the surname is spelled “Muitstege.” As far as the double “s” goes, I’ve run into this issue recently where the record keeper has added what appears to be an “f” or a larger stylized “s” next to the first “s.” (On Jansen vs Janssen). I went with the single “s” in that case, but before I go with the single “s” here I am going to check to see if there are any other Maasselbergs in the archive.

Turns out while there are no other records for “Henders Klein Maasselberg” in wiewaswie, there are two other records for the surname Maasselberg, both in Lochem. Both relate to a death record for Harmen Maasselberg, age 64 in 1831. His father Garrit Maasselberg is also listed. Well, Everdina was born in 1772 and died in 1852. Her mother Henders would have been born around 1730-1757. Harmen would have been born around 1767. So, was Harmen a younger brother (by at least 10 years or so) to Henders or a cousin or even an uncle? The mystery continues.  However, before we leave this record, I’ll take a look at the actual image to see if we still have that double “s” spelling. This is record #1 in register #3725.

Maasselberg spelling

Notice the same strange “f” looking character. Well, I can’t be the first person to run across this. What will a Google search tell me?

Too much. So, it could be what’s called a ligature or it could be a notation of a long “s” like in the Bill of Rights’ spelling of Congress.  No conclusion on my part as of yet, but it makes sense to me that it is a method that was used to indicate a long “s” and not a double “s” as one would speak. So, Maasselberg or Maaselberg?

Also, I’m going to check Harmen’s mother, Megtelt Breur (as listed on his death record), to see if there are any other records on her. Nope. But let’s Google both Maasselberg and Megtelt Breur to see if there are any good results. The only result on Maasselberg leads to another Netherlands genealogy site I use on occasion, No new info there.  Nothing new on Google for Megtelt Bruer either. Are we done for the moment? No.

Let’s try Nothing on Maasselberg or Maaselberg. Nothing on Megtelt Breur, until we ease up the spelling requirements and then we get several listings for “Magteltje Breur.” Which got me to wondering if the spelling on Megtelt was accurate. Take a look: megtelt


Hmmm. That ending letter doesn’t look much like an “r” and is that a dot in there? Breud? Breied?

Finally, before I take a break, I decided to check FamilySearch, which is probably what I should have done in the first place. There are no exact matches for these people, but there are some variant spellings that show some promise, including a listing for “Henders Kleijn Muetstege.” Possibly a relative and a clue in looking for Henders Klein Maasselberg. :-)

Ok, I’m back, a day later. And I found something pretty interesting on the geldersarchief site. I did a general search on the surname Muetstege and at first thought I was seeing a result with a typo as the name Haasselberg came up. Then I took another look at the images from the archive that I included in this post and sure enough the first letter looks like an “H”. Classic case of priming, where I didn’t look closely because I already believed that I knew what the first letter was.

So, even though there are a couple of instances in wiewaswie of Maasselberg, there are a dozen or more in Gelderland of Haasselberg or Haaselberg.  However, none of the wiewaswie records are older than 1811, whereas the geldersarchief site goes back to 1720. I wonder why? As a result, we are able to add a marriage date for Teunis Muetstege and Henders Kleijn Haasselberg of 20 April 1767 in Lochem.  Per my usual method I will cite the record and registration number where the information came from. I will also add the different spelling to Henders’ Family Tree record and make a note in the discussion section.

(I have trusted that the wiewaswie site was accurate, but now I am thinking that I might have to doublecheck the geldersarchief site on some items.)

Well, the exciting part is that we now have Henders’ parents names. To my knowledge these might be the first direct ancestors’ names along the Vorkink line that have been added in 50 years or so.

Henders’ father was Evert Haasselberg and her mother was Wilmina Martenz.  There are records for each that could be their birth records as they are the same general time frame and same city, Lochem. I am trying to piece that together. The record for a Event Haasselberg shows a birth year of 1723. For a Wilmina Martenz the birth year is 1737. Ok, but if their daughter Henders was married in 1767, that would mean that both Wilmina and Henders would have been married at age 15, on average. (See below about how I am mistaken at this point in thinking that Wilmina is Hender’s mother when in fact she is Teunis’ first wife.)

I thought I would go to the archive record itself only there was an error message that said the pages don’t always display in Chrome. So I Googled “Henders Haasselberg” (without the quotes) and found a really cool site that has all of the birth records for Lochem for that time frame in a pdf, which means it is searchable. Good stuff!   I’m guessing the site has other records of a similar nature. Let me see what I can find. Yep, there are plenty of transcripts there to look through. But that’s enough for me today.

Another day, another chance to put some pieces in the puzzle.  Where should I start? How about I take another look at Teunis Muetstege? Then I’ll see what else I can find on Evert Haasselberg and Wilmina Martenz. And maybe even Jenneke Horstman and her parents.

Well, at the above mentioned 1761-1767 site I found a listing on 08-08-1762 for the baptism of Jenneken Muestege, daughter of Teunis and Wilmina, sister to Everdina. I’ll add her in a minute to FamilyTree. No Vorkinks shown in this particular listing. Ok, I spoke too soon, kinda. There is a listing for the baptism of Janna, daughter of Garrijt Forking and Jenneken Horstman on 21 Jul 1765. Bingo. That matches with what is in FamilyTree.

There is a listing for the baptism of a Fenneken Haasselberg, daughter of Gerrit Haasselberg and Megtelt Bruel.  And HENDRIK RUDOLF, s. van Garrijt te Haasselberg en Megtelt Breuls. And HARMEN, s. van Garrijt Haasselberg en Megtelt Breul. Clearly no one had to present their driver license for proper identification.

I also found 02.11.1766 EVERT, s. van Hendrik Kleijn Haasselberg en Henders Baken. But that can’t be the Evert I am looking for because he is born too late, right? I’ll look more closely in a bit. I’m still cruising through the 1761-1767 list.

I am going to repeat the process for some of the other years listed for Muetstege, Haasselberg, Vorkink, Horstman, Martenz.

1779 – 1783 Nothing about the folks I am looking for.

1774 – 1778 01.01.1774 JAN WILHELM, s. van Garrijt Vorking en Jenneken Horstman

1768 -1773 08.01.1769 JANNA, d. van Jan Forking en Jantjen Bröels. 29.11.1769 HENDRIK, s. van Garrijt Forking en Jenneken Horstman. 31.01.1773 HARMINA, d. van Jan Forking en Jantjen Bruijl. 16.10.1768 WILLEMINA, d. van Tonis Muetstege en Henders Kleijn Haasselberg.27.09.1772 EVERDINA, d. van Teunis Muetstege en Henders Kleijn Haasselberg.

1754 -1760 That didn’t take long. None of the folks I was looking for are in this list.

1746 – 1753 Nothing here either.

1738 – 1745 19.11.1738 JAN WILLEM, s. van Jan Vorking en Jenneken Beumers. 31.03.1743 AELTJEN, d. van Jan Vorking en Jenneken Bomer. 12.04.1744 JAN, s. van Jan Vorking en Jenneken Beumers.

1731 – 1737 16.03.1731 GARRIJT, s. van Jan Vorking 08.05.1735 ARENT, s. van Jan Vorking en Jenneken Bömers. 01.06.1737 WILMINA, d. van Garrijt Martenz en Jenneken Kerssenberg

1724 – 1730 13.06.1728 HARMEN, s. van Jan Vorking.

1717 – 1723 Nada.

Ok, that was a bit tedious. And I doubt I caught all the possible name variations. This might take some time to go through all the baptism, marriage and death records for Lochem between 1700 -1800. The good news is it looks like there are at least 2 siblings we can add to Everdina’s family.

Here we go. I wasn’t going to work on this tonight, but no good movies to watch, so here I am. Added Willemina Muetstege to FamilyTree and then was going to add Jenneken when I realized (duh) she had a different mother, which brings into question whether or not it is the same Teunis Muetstege. I opened up the Weddings  book for Lochem for 1760 -1775 and found this: 27.04.1760 Teunis Muetstege, j.m. s. van Jan Muetstege in ‘t schependomb en Wilmina Martenz, j.d. van Garrijt Martenz in Lochem.

Yikes. I’ve crossed wires somewhere.  Let me go back over my notes. Ok. Figured it out. Wilmina Martenz is the “Deceased Partner” of the Groom (Teunis) listed on the Marriage Record with Henders Kleijn Haasselberg. (Not the mother of the groom as I had listed above.)  Ok. Just deleted Wilmina Martenz in FamilyTree as Henders’ mother and will now add her back as Teunis’ first wife.

Well, I added Wilmina as Teunis’ wife and was adding their daughter Jenneken when FamilyTree prompted me to check to see if some existing records for a Jenneken Muetstege might be the same person. One of them shows being married to a Garrit Jan Bolink. I found their marriage record and it lists Jenneken as the widow of Jan Broekken. Here’s a listing of their marriage record: 26.02.1786 Geprocl. 26.02/05.03/12.03.1786 Jan Brokken, zoon van Jan Brokken in Warnsfeld en Jenneken Meutstege , dogter van Teunis Meutstege in Lochem. Notice the variant spelling of Meutstege?

Still, enough points connect that I’m going to go with the suggested record in FamilyTree. That wasn’t easy as there were several records in FamilyTree for Jenneken Muetstege. I think I have them all cleaned up/merged and her record now shows her two husbands and her 5 children. I’m wrapping it up for tonight, but next time I’ll look into Jan Brokken’s parents and check for other children etc. before I move back to Teunis and the rest of the family.

So I checked back and realized that Jan Brokken’s marriage info shows he was born in Warnsveld. Fortunately the same site has listings for Warnsveld, too. Figuring he was near Jenneken Muetstege’s age, I found this: 08.09.1758 Jan Brokken en Fenneke Morren een zoon genaemt JAN in the 1756 – 1771 book. So, how do I know if this is the right Jan Brokken, son of Jan Brokken? Good question.

Going to the next book back (1741 – 1755)  I found:

18.05.1742 Jan Brokken en VennekenMorren op de Ba… een s. Bernth HERMEN.  and

11.10.1744 Jan Brokken en Fenneke Morren eene dochter genaemt GEERTRUID. and

09.04.1747 Jan Brokken en Fenneke Morren eene dochter genaemt HENDRIKA  and

25.05.1749 Jan Brokken en Fenneke Morren eene dochter genaemt Beerndina GEERTRUIT. and

25.02.1752 Jan Brokken en Fenneke Morren een zoon genaemt HENDRIK and

08.09.1754 Jan Brokken en Fenneke Morren een zoon genaemt BERENT and finally

07.09.1755 Jan Brokken en Fenneke Morren een zoon genaemt BERENT HERMEN

These are most likely Jan’s older siblings. Maybe FamilyTree will already list them.

Oops. Somehow I lost some of what I was working on. However, most of it was chasing down info on the Brokkens and I decided anyway to not pursue that any further in favor of returning to Teunis and my direct ancestors. However, that was a very good site for anyone looking to get more info on the Jan Brokken and his family:

Just a few quick notes for today. Googled “Teunis Muetstege”and came up with a site that shows Wilmina Martenz family.  Need to pin everything down, but it looks like Teunis’ father’s name was Jan. Wilmina’s father was Garrijt Martenz and her mother was Jenneken Kersenberg. Wilmina had an older brother Henrik Jan Martenz, a younger sister Hilleken Martenz, and a younger brother Harmen Martenz.  Jenneken’s father is shown as Harmen. There is a Harmen Kersenberg in FamilyTree born bef. 1681 in Lochem and married 1701, which would be about the right time, but need to verify this is the same person as Jenneken’s father. FamilyTree shows Harmen’s spouse and parents.  Garrijt Martenz’ father is shown on the pinswin site as Hendrik Martenz.

Now about a week later and I am tempted to start another post as I continue searching for Teunis Muestege’s family.  One benefit from working on this almost every day is that I don’t have to go back and figure out where I was. Now let’s see…Teunis was born when? Oh, that’s right, I don’t know yet. His wife Wilmina was born in 1737 and his daughter Jenneken was born in 1762. Reviewing my notes above I can see that there wasn’t a record of Teunis’ birth in the Lochem birth records I looked at going back to 1717.  Ok, so what about the other nearby towns? Let me check the GeldersArchief and see what I can find. Nothing on Teunis’ birth, but there is a listing for a Jan Muetstege (Teunis’ father’s name from the wedding record with Wilmina) as the father of a bride named Geertjen in 1743, from Vorden. So now I’ll check the birth lists for Vorden:

1732 – 1745 Nothing on Teunis or Jan but there are several entries for a Grietjen Muetstege as a mother. Maybe the marriage record above is a second husband? Or maybe it’s another person entirely.

1718 – 1731 Same result as above.

Ok, so Vorden wasn’t the answer. Neither was Borculo, although there was a Jan Muetstege there, just no listing for Teunis.  I checked FamilyTree and came up empty there too. A Google search brought only the results I had already seen. had nothing. Wiewaswie had nothing. Should I move on? Not yet. I’ll check the marriage and death lists for Lochem between 1720 – 1770 and see if I can find some more info on Jan Muetstege.

From the marriage list of 1723 -1739:

12.03.1729 Jan Muetstege , j.m. s. van wijlen Bartelt op de Grote Muetstege en Anna Marij Hellinger, j.d. van Harmen Hellinger op het Ligtenbarg in Barchem, tegenwoordig onder Vorden wonende.

Well, the timing would be right for this to be our Jan, Teunis’ father. But how to connect the dots? Maybe through his wife, Anna Helliger? Let’s see what I can find. Nothing concrete on FamilyTree. I Googled “Hellinger” and “Muetstege” and got a result on

Janna (Jenneke) Janssen Op De Haar (born Meutstege) was born on monthday 1732, at birth place, to Jan Meutstege In Klein Dugteren and Anna Maria Meutstege In Klein Dugteren (born Hellinger).
Anna was born on June 20 1706, in Vorden.
Janna had 9 siblings: Henrica Meutstege, Barent Meutstege and 7 other siblings.
Janna married Willem Op De Haar on monthday 1761, at age 29 at marriage place.
Willem was born on ??.
They had 4 children: Jan Hendrik Janssen and 3 other children.
Janna passed away on monthday 1775, at age 43 at death place.
Wow. That could be Teunis’ family. Fortunately we have a free membership with Here is the unrestricted record:

Janna (Jenneke) Janssen Op De Haar (born Meutstege) was born on April 2 1732, in Borculo, to Jan Meutstege In Klein Dugteren and Anna Maria Meutstege In Klein Dugteren (born Hellinger).
Anna was born on June 20 1706, in Vorden.
Janna had 9 siblings: Henrica Meutstege, Barent Meutstege, Harmina Meutstege, Jan Meutstege (Borculo),Berend Meutstege (Borculo), Geertjen Meutstege Borculo, Hendrick Meutstege, Albert Meutstege and Anna Maria Meutstege.
Janna married Willem Op De Haar on October 4 1761, at age 29 in Lochem.
Willem was born on ??.
They had 4 children: Jan Hendrik Janssen, Klaes Altena, Jenneken Altena and Teunis Janssen.
Janna passed away on November 21 1775, at age 43 in Warnsveld.
Great…only no Teunis on that list of children of this Jan Muetstege. Notice that the older children were born in Borculo. Let me take another look at that birth list. Nope. Still no Teunis.
Scratching my head. Still don’t have a record of Teunis’ birth. Done for today. Next time I’ll try and find his death record as sometimes it lists the birth year.



Distant Relatives

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 – Jenneken Vorkink Descendants

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 – with Aleida Johanna Jansen Children? Need to verify all of Harmanus Kip and Willemina Jansen’s children in FamilyTree due to multiple merges.

Hendrikus Groenouwe – with Harmina Nijkamp

  • Gerritdina Groenouwe – with Gerrit Kamphuis***
    • Johannes Wilhelmus Kamphuis – Wilhelmina Johanna ter Mul**  (No children found)
    • Hermina Hendrika Kamphuis – Jan Hendrik Addink*
      • Gerritdina Addink – died at age 1
    • Hendrikus Kamphuis – died as infant
    • Gerritdina Kamphuis – died at age 2
    • Willem 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.

**Looking at Wilhelmiina Johanna ter Mul’s family and noticed a 13 year gap between her older brother Jan Hendrik and herself and wondered if there were siblings who died young that aren’t listed in FamilyTree. There are at least 4 children who could be her siblings who were born in that 13 year span. The question revolves around whether or not Johanna Berendina ter Mul is the same person as Berendina ter Mul, both of whom show as being married to Jan Willem ter Mul.  Here are the 4 children, 3 of which have the same name as they died in infancy: Gerritdina Willemina ter Mul, born 15 October 1882 in Lochem, married to Johan Scholten, 6 May 1905 in Gorssel. Wilhelm Johan ter Mul, born 4 February 1886 in Lochem, died 28 February 1886 in Lochem (Eefde). Wilhelm Johan ter Mul, born 4 May 1887 in Lochem, died 19 March 1888 in Lochem.  Wilhelm Johan ter Mul, born 6 November 1889 in Lochem, died 31 October 1890 in Lochem.  The record of the last of these three brothers with the same name shows his mother as Johanna Berendina ter Mul, whereas the older two show must Berendina ter Mul as their mother. The father’s age in each case allows for Jan Willem ter Mul to be their father. In my mind Berendina is the same as Johanna Berendina.  “Berendina ter Mul” does not show up anywhere else in the archives, so it is unlikely that it is another person. I checked some other sites ( and they list all the children together, which is good enough for me.

***Other sites show additional children for Gerrit Kamphuis and Gerritdina Groenouwe that I haven’t been able to find on the site.  ( and The latter has the most detailed information and lists these additional children for this couple:

Hendrika Maria Kamphuis – born 24 September 1893 in Eefde (Lochem). Married 14 March 1919 to Marinus Jurrianus Bouwmeester in Gorssel. The marriage date is backed up by a record on wiewaswie. It is curious that she would be born in Eefde when the rest of the family’s activities seem to be in Gorssel. I performed a general search (using the first name Gerrit) for people born in Gorssel in 1893-1896 and didn’t find much at all, which makes me wonder if the official records were lost and the birth date for Hendrika Maria comes from another source.

Gerrit Kamphuis – born 26 January 1895 in Eefde, died 1 May 1932 in Zutphen. Married Hendrika Johanna Meijer on 11 January 1922 in Zutphen. Again, the marriage info is in wiewaswie but not the birth info.

Hendrikus Kamphuis – born 26 February in Eefde, died 15 September 1974 in Eefde. Married Berendina Aleida Menkveld on 20 August 1920 in Gorssel. Same as others.

Gerritdina Kamphuis – born 28 November 1900 in Eefde. No other info shown.

Willem Kamphuis – born 22 August 1902 in Eefde. No other info shown.

It’s a mystery to me at this point why the births of these 5 children are not coming up on wiewaswie. I suppose it is possible that there is a variant spelling of kamphuis. Nope, not that I can find. I searched for all surnames with the given name starting with “Will” and got no results for Gorssel or Eefde. 


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.

Added 10-29-2015: The links don’t take one to the specific pages and it’s a bit tedious to move back and forth through indices that have 1500 pages in them. Yes, I found the same listing for Lochem by going to the Alle Gezindten link above and in the second of the two (J-Z) the Vorkink related names start on page 1176 / 1425 with Arend VORKING. Looked for and did not find a digitized version of the indices.