A long line of Lancelots

Among my ancestors is a long line of Lancelots. Not sir Lancelot du Lac, but my ancestors from the city of Breda (Lancelot, Lancelot, Lancelot, Lancelot and Lancelot) and Lancelot, the brother of my ancestor, and his son: Lancelot. When I first discovered the first Lancelot, I was intrigued by his name. Image my surprise…

My favourite photo

As per request, I will for once share a photo taken by my greatgreatgrandfather Adolf Adrianus Johannes “Dolf” van Engelen. He was my fathers’ mothers’ fathers’ father, and an amateur photographer in ‘s-Hertogenbosch between the late 1880s and early 1900s. There’s a lot of weird photos, cool group photos or very old family photos, but…

A fresh start

In November I started with a new job, a PhD at the Netherlands Demographical Institute (NIDI). Hermen Hermens Boschman, my mothers’ mothers’ mothers’ mothers’ fathers’ mothers mothers’ father, made a similar fresh start during the early 18th century. Jutphaas In the 18th century Jutphaas was a small farming town south of Utrecht, located in the…