Kloosterburen Cemetery

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Cemeteries in the Netherlands

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A Family Crest

by John Ketelaars Not only the Nobility, but many burger and farming families, carried their own coat of arms. There were no restrictions on who could or could not display their arms. Only after 1795 did the Dutch government start restricting arms. Many families then have arms that are not registered, but are found on… Continue reading A Family Crest

The Halsemas: Descendents of Bole

The Boelens Family, Ancestors of the Halsemas Bole (aka Boele)  was a farmer  in Oldenzijl. Four relatives are known, who are either his sons or his grandsons. One of these is Julle Boelens, farmer on Feddemaheert in Kloosterburen. Feddemaheert is a farm that once belonged to a monastery. All such farms since the reformation were… Continue reading The Halsemas: Descendents of Bole

The Netherland Halsemas

by James “Jim” J. Halsema These inhabitants of a group of islands in the frigid and stormy North Sea were notorious for the fierce bravery of their men, the beauty of their women and the stubbornness and independence of both sexes. The Romans never succeeded in conquering this nettlesome Germanic tribe which occupied an area… Continue reading The Netherland Halsemas

The History of the Name “Halsema”

by Colonel Julle Hendrikus “Juus” Halsemaand Dr. Dick L. Van Halsema Colonel Julle Hendrikus “Juus” Halsema: The name Halsema is related to the “Groot Halsum” farm in Kloosterburen, derived from the “hals” or gully in the mud caused by the North Sea tidal flows. The farm was there in 1462. He says that all owners… Continue reading The History of the Name “Halsema”

Antique Funeral Cards

Antique Documents from the Kloosterburen Area

Grace Leonardi

Grace Leonardi married Anthony Halsema, Sr. 14 Septmeber 1925 and the two families merged. Our family owes much of our interest in genealogy to Iva Mickler Canova who married Bernard Halsema, Anthony Halsema, Sr.’s brother. Most of the in-depth primary links on The Leonardi Home Page are Leonardi families that are in the direct line… Continue reading Grace Leonardi

Roque Leonardi’s Land