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Bensema Genealogy Home Page

Updated October 31, 2012

Welcome to the Bensema Descendants Home Page!

WOW! It's been a long time since I updated that page. I had to remove the link to the Social Security Death Index, it is no longer available on the rootsweb page, here's why:
"Due to sensitivities around the information in this database, the Social Security Death Index collection is not available on our free Rootsweb service but is accessible to search on"

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I am looking still for a person or persons from each branch of the family tree to be a contact person; this person would collect updates for the family tree and forward them to me. This person would also be the distributor (for lack of a better term) of the newsletter. It has become cost prohibitive for one person to manage with the rising cost of stamps plus the cost of paper and ink. Future newsletter will probably be posted in this site.

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New mid-2006: There is new information in the Family Tree regarding the Netherlands ancestors. There is a link on this page for GenLias; it is a Netherlands Genealogical Database. Using it I have been able to verify some of the information contained in the family tree compiled by Hattie Huizenga Schweigert, I have also been able to add some new information. My most recent find was additional children for Roeloff ABEEN and Albertijn GEERS. Our ancestor Geert Roelfe ABEEN was not their only child, but he was their eldest. The information comes from Parish Baptismal Records in Haren. Dates of birth are approximate since the date recorded is the baptism date. I also found some additional children for Geert Roelfe ABEEN and Elisabeth GROOTHUIS (also spelled GOOTHUIJS), this is where the last name changes, but only with the youngest son: Harm Geerts Beensema. Some records on GenLias also show Geert’s last name as BEENSEMA instead of ABEEN.

I have some more mysteries to solve-if anyone can help:
Larry Bensema – Illinois Death Record (Illinois State Archives on-line), date of death is 04/15/1949 in Cook County, age is 13 hours. If anyone can supply more information it would be greatly appreciated. Death records for 1949 cannot be requested.
Carol Bensema Johnson

4840 Dover Lane Unit 401

Sacramento, CA 95842

United States

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