Sunday, 28 April 2013

Another home page

In the first post on this subject, Home! Sweet Home!, I told you about my motivation to show all the houses I ever lived in. In short, if I don't record my personal history my great great grandchildren certainly can't find it. The last house I told you about in the second post, was the one in The Hague-Loosduinen. It was also the last house where I lived before I got married. After our wedding party we moved to the neighboring city of Rijswijk, to the house where our son was born in 1967. Rijswijk is also the city where my mother was born. So you could say it was kind of coming home again. We lived there from October 29, 1965 to some time in June 1967.
Huis te Landelaan Rijswijk
526 Huis te Landelaan, Rijswijk (ZH)
It is the apartment on the first floor, right in the middle of the picture. It has the brown planters. Shortly before we moved there, I joined KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in The Hague. But some time in 1966 they moved their HQ from the Plesmanweg to Schiphol Airport. So we started looking for a house in that vicinity. But before going there we spent a few months in the house of my parents-in-law in Loosduinen. That was from June to August 15, 1967.
Pisuissestraat Den Haag Loosduinen
88 Pisuissestraat, Den Haag-Loosduinen
This street is also pictured in the previous post. But I took this picture almost 50 years later, the changes are evident. 
Rembrandtweg Amstelveen
372 Rembrandtweg, Amstelveen
On August 15, 1967 we moved to Amstelveen situated just a few miles east of Schiphol. KLM was very instrumental in finding this house. It was a socalled maisonnette consisting of two floors. The lower floor (with the purple windows) was situated on the corner, right above the red car. Our daughter was born there in 1970. We lived there very happily until February 1, 1988 when we bought a house elsewhere in Amstelveen. That made this house the last one we rented. And in the beginning in 1967 it was not a cheap house. I remember that the rent amounted to over 35% of my salary then. But that was Amstelveen for you. Its image then was that of a very prosperous village, the cause probably being the circumstance that KLM pilots were all living there. But by that time that was already history. However, while the crews had moved elsewhere, the price levels were there to stay...
Photo dates
Huis te Landelaan, Sep. 5, 2011
Pisuissestraat, Aug. 24, 2011
Rembrandtweg, Sep. 10, 2011

Saturday, 20 April 2013

More homely houses

Watersnoodramp 1953
Houses damaged by the 1953 flood
Last week I started this series about all the houses I ever lived in. It started with the house where I was born in 1944. The last one shown then, in fact it was number 6, brought us to 1953. That was the year large parts of southwest Netherlands were flooded. As a consequence thereof close to 2,000 people died during the night of February 1, 1953. During the morning of that very same day my mother told me that I would be living with a family in a place called Huizen. It is situated on the borders of the IJsselmeer in the middle of the country. 
Nieuw Bussumerweg Huizen
133 Nieuw Bussumerweg, Huizen
I lived there for about a year from August 1953 to September 1954. It was a fairly large house but so was the G. family living there. It consisted of 4 boys, 3 girls and their parents of course. I remember I had a great time there but after a year my stay came to an end.
Mimosastraat Den Haag
46 Mimosastraat, Den Haag
We are still talking about the period less than ten years after WW2. The housing situation in Holland was such that it was quite common for two families to share a single house. And for us this situation was no different. So my mother obtained a floor in a house owned by acquaintances, Mr. and Mrs.  Van W-D. van L. The house was situated in the part of The Hague called Bohemen. It was just a ten minute bike ride away from coastal Kijkduin where my father and grandparents lived before the war. The Mimosastraat house was our residence between September 1954 and early 1958. It is the house in the middle with the two lamps switched on. We lived on the second floor.
Tramstraat Loosduinen
10 Tramstraat, Den Haag-Loosduinen
And then finally, 13 years after the war, my mother managed to get a house all to herself and to her two sons. Again this house was very close to Kijkduin and the North Sea beach. It was situated in the former village of Loosduinen, now part of The Hague. We lived in the house with the white curtains on the second floor from early 1958 until September 1963.
For me this was a very happy move because here I met the girl who is still my wife today. That memorable event took place during the first half of 1959. 
Pisuissestraat Den Haag
124 Pisuissestraat, Den Haag-Loosduinen
In 1963 new apartments were built just around the corner from where we lived. This opportunity was too good to be true, a new house with an acceptable rent! So we moved again. Our house is in the block to the very left and just out of sight. I lived there until the day I married on October 29, 1965. Until that same date my future bride lived  in the block that is pictured so prominently here. Her parents lived on the first floor to the very right. Together we moved to the neighboring city of Rijswijk.
Photo credits
'Damaged houses' taken from Wikipedia
'Pisuissestraat' has been scanned from a picture postcard I have
The color pictures have been taken by myself on April 11, 2012, Jan. 18, 2012 and Feb. 22, 2007 resp.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Home! Sweet Home!

Digging in the past may be regarded as the genealogist's core business. The older the document or the source, the better. But generally genealogists tend to forget that recording contemporary data is equally important. If you want to enable your great grandson to find out all kinds of interesting details about his great grandparents, you have to enable him to do so. In other words we have to write down our own, contemporary history. And history not only consists of stories, also material objects such as cars and houses are part of that. Therefore, in this blog I have already paid attention to e.g. the aircraft types I flew in during my professional life and the cars we owned as a family. Now I like to highlight the houses that we lived in. I'll start with my birth home and after having completed all the houses (my wife and) I lived in, there will be posts showing my wife's domiciles.
OK, here we go, back to The Hague in 1944.
661 Laan van Meerdervoort, The Hague
During WW2 there was a maternity hospital in this house. It was named Huize Margaretha (Margaretha's home). According to stories of my mother it was not a paragon of hygiene. I stayed there from Jan. 25 to approx Feb. 5, 1944. Shortly after I developed chicken-pox, a desease you are only entitled to when you are at least about 1,5-2 years old.
18 Mispelstraat, The Hague
After 10 days or so I moved to the nearby house of my grandparents. Although my father and mother lived in Apeldoorn at the time, my mother decided to have me in The Hague. We stayed there from approx Feb. 5 until some time after Mar. 26, 1944. Number 18 is the house with the horizontal brace drawn underneath it. The handwriting is my grandmother's.
6 Parkweg, Apeldoorn
The Parkweg is currently named Prof. Röntgenstraat
My father was a civil servant working for the Home Office. Earlier during the war the Germans ordered this government body, together with the Ministry of Justice, to be transferred from The Hague to Apeldoorn in the eastern part of the country. We lived in the house of two elderly ladies named Bakker. My stay there lasted from some time after Mar. 26, 1944 to the end of June 1945 when my mother and I moved back to The Hague.
18 Mispelstraat, The Hague
As a consequence of the war there was a large shortage of houses. So initially there was hardly any other possibility but to live with my grandparents again. Taking into consideration the circumstances I am sure that they did not mind this at all, to the contrary! We lived there from June 1945 until sometime prior to Sep. 27, 1946 when we were assigned a house in the Goudreinetstraat.
614 Goudreinetstraat, The Hague
Our house was the second ground floor house from the left, just after the portico. For reasons unknown to me, we went back to my grandparents house in the Mispelstraat around August 1949. So we stayed there close to 3 years. The Goudreinetstraat house was then taken by my father's sister and her family. They lived in with my grandparents from Sep. 27, 1946 until approx 1,5 year later. No doubt all this moving back and forth had to do with difficult housing situation at the time.
18 Mispelstraat, The Hague (green front door)

This time I spent some 4 years on this address, the house of my grandparents. I remember my grandmother telling us that they bought this house prior to WW2 for the impressive sum of 5,000 Dutch Guilders. Converted to euro's that was approx € 2,250 then and some € 46,000 today. Measured by today's standards, that was a cheap house. Current prices for similar houses in that part of The Hague are in the range of € 300,000. Speaking of a bubble...

Photo credits
Home Sweet Home
Laan van Meerdervoort Google
Mispelstraat (1): blogger collection
Parkweg: blogger picture Sep. 23, 2011
Mispelstraat (2) Beeldbank, Den Haag
Goudreinetstraat Beeldbank, Den Haag
Mispelstraat (3) Google

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Pedigree chart/kwartierstaat

Voor een Nederlandse samenvatting, zie na de Engelse tekst.
This post is not meant to show you the details of where and when my ancestors have been born etc. The idea is that I show you the pedigree chart that my genealogy software is able to produce. I am  using a Dutch software package called GensDataPro. It has been developed by the Dutch Genealogical Society (NGV). Currently it is priced at € 70.00 for non members. It is not cheap but it is very flexible and the after sales service is fine.
pedigree chart
7 generations 145 degrees print
The chart that you see here shows seven generations. It may be extended to maximum ten generations. But then the ninth and tenth generation are hardly legible if printed on letter or A4 format. Apart from color print black and white print in various qualities is possible as well. 
In the picture above the angle of the "bottom line" is 145 degrees but it can also be printed as full circle (0 degrees).
7 generations full circle print
It is also possible to show the pedigree chart (or any other genealogical printout) in rectangular frames. Below you see just a part of such a print, a decendants chart. Obviously printing a full chart on letter or A4 format will not result in a legible print. It is also possible to add thumbnails to each of the frames.
parenteel decendants chart
Decendants chart with thumbnails
I hope this post serves a useful purpose e.g. when making comparisons with other software. To avoid any misunderstanding I am in no way connected to the makers of GensDataPro nor am I a member of the NGV. The above is shown for information purposes only.

Deze blogpost heeft niet tot doel om u de details van mijn kwartierstaat te tonen. De bedoeling is om te laten zien welke mogelijkheden het programma GensDataPro heeft om die kwartierstaat grafisch weer te geven. Het programma is ontwikkeld door de Nederlandse Genealogische Vereniging (NGV) en kost € 70,00 voor niet-leden en een tientje minder voor leden. Het is zeker niet het goedkoopste programma maar het werkt prima, heeft zeer veel mogelijkheden en er is een goede helpdesk.
Het eerste plaatje laat een cirkeldiagram zien met 7 generaties. Prints tot 10 generaties zijn mogelijk maar dat gaat wel ten koste van de leesbaarheid van generaties 9 en 10. Tenminste, wanneer er op A4-formaat wordt afgedrukt. Naast kleur zijn ook zwart/wit prints mogelijk.
Het afgebeelde diagram heeft een "onderlijn" met een hoek van 145 graden. Die hoek is instelbaar en kan ook op 0 graden gezet worden waardoor er een echt cirkeldiagram ontstaat. Zie het tweede plaatje. Nadeel daarvan is wel dat de namen deels op z'n kop staan.
Kwartierstaten, genealogieën en parentelen kunnen ook worden weergegeven zoals in het derde plaatje wordt getoond. Het zal duidelijk zijn dat een afdruk van b.v. een beetje kwartierstaat op A4-formaat, nauwelijks leesbaar is. Maar afdrukken op meerdere bladzijden is natuurlijk ook mogelijk. En dan is het wel leuk dat ook z.g. thumbnails kunnen worden toegevoegd. 
Hopelijk hebt u iets aan deze informatie, b.v. wanneer u vergelijkingen maakt met andere genealogische pakketten.
Voor de goede orde, ik heb geen enkele binding met GensDataPro noch ben ik lid van de NGV. 


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