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Re: * Stuck ---> Please Help!
Posted by: Robert Jerin (ID *****9128) Date: July 25, 2013 at 16:33:24
In Reply to: Re: * Stuck ---> Please Help! by Phyllis of 12861


I would concentrate on the place they lived in Michigan. Since this area has a large population of people descended from Hollander there are quite a few resources. I once covered this area and learned my share of stories and jokes about Hollanders... But I did a search and found some links which may help

What I did learn from a Hollander immigrant who lived in Grand Rapids MI (he came to the US in the 1960s) is that surnames were not required in Holland until the time of Napoleon... when he ruled Holland it became a requirement. And many Hollanders resented this... thus some surnames have not nice or vulgar roots... but the article below debunks this as a myth...I have seen not so nice surnames in my Croatian genealogy research...and believe they were the result of people being forced to take surnames.... which gave authorities better control of tax and military draft...

articles about researching Dutch ancestors

Ancestry Surname board for HULL/HOLL mentions the Netherlands

HOLL is also mentioned at the link below in Netherlands

Robert Jerin
Croatian Heritage Museum
Cleveland Ohio

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