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Terpstra surname

Posted: 1369159041000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Terpstra
I'm searching for any information on the family history of Hendrick Terpstra b. 1896 d. 1981. He came to America from Holland around 1918. He is my daughter's great-grandfather. Her grandfather (John Terpstra) has been able to give only very limited information about their family. All he seems to know is that his father (Hendrick Terpstra) came from Holland. Hendrick Terpstra was married to Anna Jungerman.

Re: Terpstra surname

Posted: 1369200454000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Tepstra, Jungerman
Hi there,

Here is what I found so far.

Anna Jungerman. I found a website showing the location of her grave with the following information:

Terpstra, Anna A. (Jungerman) b. Oct 3, 1910, d. Apr 8, 2001, s/w Hendrick Terpstra, Center Section

(Hendrik is also buried there)

Assuming the birth year is correct, I found only one birth record matching the year on

Child:Hendrik Terpstra
DOB:maandag 28 september 1896
Father:Jannes Terpstra
Mother:Akke Zetzema
Event:Geboorte (birth)
Date:maandag 28 september 1896
Place:Smallingerland (located in the province of Friesland)

One issue is that his immigration record on lists Hendrik Terpstra arriving in New York from Rotterdam on 24 FEB 1916 on the ship "Nieuw Amsterdam"

His birth date is listed as "ABT 1897"
His age is listed as 19
His birthplace is listed as "drachtein" which is a town/place located in Smallingerland

I would assume they wrote down the wrong birthdate? since the location and name matches the birth record.

Looking at the scan of the document, the handwriting is hard to read but it appears his listed occupation was a carpenter. Also, can't tell if he he came by himself for sure (I can't read the heandwriting in the document) but it does look like it.

Also on Ancestry is records on:

1930 census which shows him married to Anna and living in Excelsior, Sauk, Wisconsin.

His naturalisation papers showing it took effect on 2 NOV 1918 in the court district of Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa. (This document lists his correct birthdate unlike the immigration records).

Also his WW1 draft registration card listing him in the La Crosse County, Wisconsin.

All of these records would back the birth certificate found on as being your Hendrik Tepstra.

A quick look on google found the following link to a family tree which if correct, list further ancestors for Hendrik Tepstra.

Re: Terpstra surname

Posted: 1369230124000
Classification: Query
Thank you so much! Your information explains the confusion I was having of the different birth dates. Somewhere along the line he must have changed the spelling of his name from Hendrik to Hendrick. With what you have given me, I think I have gotten past the block I was having. You are awesome! Thank you so much!

Re: Terpstra surname

Posted: 1369288401000
Classification: Query
No problem, happy to help :-)

It is a common problem I ran into with my own family tree with names being misspelled.

Re: Terpstra surname

Posted: 1369329536000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Terpstra
See my answers to your other message at the US General board. I've found his ancestors back to the 1700s.

Re: Terpstra surname

Posted: 1369408424000
Classification: Query
Awesome! I'm heading to that forum right now. Thank you so much!
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