May I Introduce To You . . . Olga


I have the pleasure of introducing you to Olga and her blog, Olga’s Genealogy, described as, “. . . About my ancestors from the Netherlands and those who immigrated to other countries.”

How Olga Got Started in Genealogy

Olga currently resides in the Netherlands and has been doing genealogy since 1998, “. . . My grandmother (the mother of my father) passed away when I was a little girl. I didn’t know anything about her side of the family.

On my mothers side of the family there was a story that we were related to Marten Toonder, a famous Dutch comic creator.

When I was 22, I decided to research both sides of the family. I found out that we indeed were related to Marten Toonder.”

Olga’s Thoughts on Creating a Genealogy Blog

“In November 2011. There were many stories I wanted to share with the world. Before I started my blog, for years I had a website about genealogy but there missed something. The website contained only dates and for me the stories are much more important.”

Olga’s Favorite Blog Post

Olga’s favorite blog posts are, “At the Grave of Grandmother, a picture of a little happy girl (me) who is standing next to the grave of her grandmother, and my post (November 21, 2011) ‘Search for a Grandfather.’ I found out two years ago that the father of my great grandmother remarried after he divorced his first wife (my great grandmother) and had a son. I spoke with the son, who was born in 1930, on the telephone in 2010 and that was a very nice surprise.  Thanks to him I found out that his father died in 1947.”

Olga’s Favorite Ancestor

“That’s a very difficult question. Every ancestor has a story, but if I had to choose it would be Ullrich Cnaus. He is kind of mystery for me. He came from Switzerland to the Netherlands, where he married and had children. He passed away in 1812 and on his death certificate stood that he came from Breil, Graubunden. But I can’t find any information about him in Switzerland. If anybody has a tip for me, please let me know!”

How Genealogy Improved Olga’s Life

“First of all, I am from the Netherlands so English is not my native language. To read English is not a problem for me, but to write English there is much room for improvement. Because I have many relatives who immigrated to the US, Australia or Canada and thanks to genealogy, my writing skills are getting better.

Second, I met new people, not only new family members but also people with the same passion as me: Genealogy.”

What Olga Loves Most About Genealogy

“To discover new things I wasn’t aware of. I found the emigration papers of my grandparents online including pictures of them and their children including my mother when they were young. It’s a real treasure for me. Last week I got a picture of my great-grandmother from my aunt. She passed away a year before I was born so I never knew her. It was very nice to finally see a picture of what she has looked like.”

Olga’s Time Capsule Message

“Keep remembering your ancestors.”

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Please take a moment to head on over to Olga’s blog. Leave her a comment letting her know you stopped by. Welcome Olga, it’s great to have you here!


© 2012, copyright Gini Webb

Gini Webb lives in San Diego, California and manages her own blog, Ginisology, while also researching her own German heritage, recently retired, enjoying life with wonderful husband Steve and visiting with her now seven grandchildren!

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