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The Family Tree

In our continued quest for names for our baby, we took a look at my husband's genealogy that an uncle of his has been putting together. As we were looking at it, we stumbled across a reference to "North Holland, MI(USA)." With some further investigation, we discovered that my husband's great-great-great-grandfather immigrated to Holland, MI and is buried not 30 minutes from where I grew up.

There are a lot of questions about this story, but here is what we could gather. This ancestor was married and they had one child (my husband's great-great grandfather) before his wife passed away. Then 12 years later, this ancestor married again. At some point in time after they were married, they decided to immigrate to Michigan. But, for some reason this child from the first marriage stayed behind in the Netherlands, married a local girl and continued my husband's family's line in the Netherlands.

We found this all pretty crazy and we are hoping to find this gravestone in the North Holland Cemetery next we are in West Michigan.


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