Last weekend I spent an entire day researching/confirming information on my Slagboom side of the family and entering all of the data into my Legacy family tree software. This family is on my father’s side, Lena Slagboom married Cornelius Kros, they are my great-great grandparents. I really know nothing about Lena’s family but for the heck of it, I did a search for the name in my Ancestry DNA matches and linked trees. I was super excited to get one match, and it turned out to be a distant cousin living in the Netherlands. When I compared our trees I found the connection, and it goes quite a ways back to the early 1700s. Here’s a quick schematic—
Jan Andriesse Slagboom and Aart Andriesse Slagboom were brothers, born to Andries Janse and Geertje Jansdr (Rauda) Slagboom. They were five years apart — Jan, the oldest, born in 1725; Aart born in 1738. I still need to confirm data through WieWasWie on their little family, but it looks like there were eight children, including the two brothers, and they grew up in Sliedrecht. Jan’s great granddaughter was Lena Slagboom, my great-great grandmother, and Annigje Slagboom was Aart’s great-granddaughter, my new friend’s great-great grandmother. So Jan and Geertje are our common ancestors and we are sixth cousins. Ancestry is correct in its prediction that according to our DNA we are somewhere between 5th – 8th cousins.
Here is Jan’s baptism record, which is of course, all in Dutch. “Get” is an abbreviation for “getuige”, which means witnesses.
And here is Aart’s baptism record:
Virtually all of the Slagbooms lived in Sliedrecht, which is located in the province of South Holland on the Merwde River and has a population of a little over 25,026.
The first IKEA in the Netherlands was opened in Sliedrecht in 1978 (which eventually closed), but what is really important about the town is the Netherlands would not exist without it and without dredging. Dredging was the backbone of the Dutch economy for centuries. The National Dredging Museum (called the National Baggermuseum) is in Sliedrecht and displays the town’s history and the importance of dredging to the country.
I sent my newly discovered cousin a message and he seems very nice and was happy to receive my message, and we have a little email correspondence going. He lives about 25 miles from Sliedrecht.
Thanks for reading!