This week’s entry for 52 Ancestors is going to be a departure from the usual one person focus of these posts. I don’t know a whole lot about my paternal great grandparents–and 2nd and 3rd greats, etc.–who lived in the Netherlands. My father’s parents, and their parents, going back as far as I can find, all came from a northern province in the Netherlands called Friesland. For a lot of these people, all I have are names and dates and the town or village they came from. I thought it might be useful to take these “Greats” as a group and put them all on a map so that I can figure out who was from where, how far apart from each other the families lived, where they might have been buried, if their grave sites still exist, where or if records can be found, and so on.
I’ll continue to use the research timeline format for this week’s post, since I find timelines an informal and useful way to both write about and think about these ancestors, especially a group of ancestors like this one.
These people represent half of my DNA–from my paternal side–and over 95% of them were born, lived, and died in the province of Friesland, the Netherlands. The others lived or were associated with either Groningen or Drenthe. So 100% of my paternal DNA, going back through my 4x great grandparents (and probably a lot farther than that) were from northeast Netherlands. We genealogists know that everyone has 8 paternal 2x great grandparents, 16 paternal 3x great grandparents, and 32 paternal 4x great grandparents. So I will be working with 56 paternal ancestors in this post. It might take more than one week–ha.