Origins

While vacationing in the Netherlands, I had an opportunity to go to Friesland and see the small town of Ureterp where some of my ancestors lived before emigrating to the United States.

The church they attended is still there and we found the gravestone of my great-great-grandfather’s sister still in the graveyard adjacent to the church.  Until recently, the gravestones of my great-great-great-grandfather (and his wife) were in the same cemetery.

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I also saw the spot where their house used to stand.  It has since be demolished, but it sits right next to a street whose name is associated with my family.  The street Skoalleane, or “school lane”, would have been adjacent to the school land, which is where my family’s name Schoolland came from.

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