no. 3, January 1999
Genealogy is very popular nowadays and the Interet and e-mail play a vital role in this respect. These techniques make it rather easy to get in touch with interested people from all over the world. The Brolsma website (which can be found at www.pronouncement.com/brolsma) gave cause to new contacts, that resulted in new facts and figures concerning the family. As far as I am concerned, additions are always welcome, via Internet or via the good old mailman.
The availability of e-mail made it at least one time possible to arrange a meeting between two Brolsmas, who did not meet so far. During 1998 Kevin (200) had to go to Thailand for business. With help of the electronic mail he arranged a meeting with Albert (187), who has lived and worked in Thailand for many years.
More e-mail assisted meetings are to be expected, who knows. In this and previous newsletters and on the website you will find a number of e-mail addresses. The website includes only the adresses of those who choose to be recorded. Everyone is invited to leave his or her address on the website to encourage contacts between the Brolsmas.
In 1869, Gosse (50), called George in the U.S., traveled with his wife and baby by covered wagon to Orange City, a city founded by Dutch settlers in the state of Iowa. The index of the West Lawn Cemetry in Orange City records the actual date of death of George Sr.: December 23, 1919. The Brolsma-book only recoreded the year, now we known the date too.
The book "The Story of Sioux County" contains a photo showing an "Early street scene in Orange City. The man with the peddle wagon is George Brolsma with Prince and Charlie, the team which he drove from Pella to Sioux County". The wagon of George was obviously moved by the horses Prince and Charlie. The book continues at another page "At the time the peddlers wagon was still an event and once a week Brolsma would drive up and display his wares taking butter and eggs in exchange for what he sold. Knowing the food to be excellent and trusting Mrs. Vos generous heart, he always arranged to call at the farm around noon so that he would be invited to take his dinner there".
The index of the West Lawn Cemetry also recoreds the death of Cora (= Jacoba) Brolsma, second wife of John H. (= Johannes Hendrik) in Orange City in the year 1960.
The one who send me these data (by e-mail) remembered that, in her childhood, she walked in the parade of the Orange City Tulip Festival. She was lucky not to have to walk on wooden shoes, but the band of Orange City had to march on wooden shoes.
Alvin Lloyd (151) was the youngest child of John and Cora, mentioned above. I received additional data from Erik Jan. Alvin Lloyd and his wife Henrietta Kroeze had seven children:
Ted Brolsma from Clifton in the state of New Jersey sent me a letter concerning his branch of the family. Orrie Nicholas, born June 15, 1923, seventh and youngest child of Sijbren Brolsma (60) married on June 23, 1954 to Frances Van Dyke. The couple, that lives in Garfield, New Jersey, had three children:
Aaltje Tromp-Brolsma (103), born March 28, 1939, deceased on February 18, in Stiens Friesland.
Born on the last day of the year 1997: Jordan Alex Brolsma, son of Wayne Brolsma (see 178) and Frances Koens. Wayne and Frances, who live in Armadale in Australia, already had a daughter Leanne Jayde in 1995.
Born on the 12th of September 1998 in Haarlem, the Netherlands: Matijn Geert Pieter Brolsma, son of Roelof Jan Brolsma (194) and Pietronella Roomer.
Glen Brolsma, son of Simon Brolsma (180) married on the 28th of February 1998 to Samantha Margaret Postmus. Glen and Samantha live in Kelmscott, West Australia.
Mark Anthony Pleiter, second son of Anna Rose Pleiter-Brolsma (181) married on April 11, 1998 to Jillian Harrison. Jilly comes from Eastham Wiral in the United Kingdom and graduated in remedial massage therapy and aromatherapy and reflexology.
In this newsletter I refer several times to numbers of biographies in the book "Brolsma 1620-1996". Those who do not possess this reference book and want to have a copy, are invited to contact me. It is also possible to ask for an adress-list of all Brolsmas in the Netherlands, the U.S.A. and Australia.
My adress is: Roodenburgerstraat 58, 2313 HL Leiden, the Netherlands. An e-mail is also possible: firstname.lastname@example.org