Readers of this blog know that I am fascinated by the vast web of interrelationships between people. In my own research, I often come across interesting connections and interrelationships. With more than 11,000 people in my database, many of them in a few specific places, finding these interrelationships is inevitable. That’s especially true for my ancestors and distant cousins in the town of Rheden, in southern Gelderland.
When seeking out the interesting interrelationships, marriage records are a good starting point since they include the names of the parents of the bride and groom. In some cases, where the parents are deceased, they may also include the names of grand-parents.
If I see a familiar surname in an in-law family, I usually invest a few minutes of time to dig a bit further using WieWasWie. Normally, I record birth, marriage, and death information for blood relatives and their spouses only. But if I see an additional connection to other people already in my database, I also record the B/M/D information for the people along that interrelationship chain.
In this missive, I show two connections between two lines of ancestors, the Labots’ and the van Zadelhoff’s.
As usual, red indicates ancestors and blue indicates other blood relatives. Most of these people lived in or near, or had some connection to Rheden.
The first connection I found was the marriage between my 1st cousin 3 times removed Johannes Labots (1853-1934) and my 5th cousin twice removed Derkje Janssen van Gaalen (1851-1926).
A few days later, I found another connection. my 4th cousin 3 times removed Jacoba Blankers (1835-1871) was married to Teunis van Engelenburg (born 1845). Teunis was the nephew of Jantje Willemsen (1802-1868) who was married to my 2nd great granduncle Johannes Labots (1804-1884).