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  • Letters 05/17/2017 Learn more about the Dutch namesMore about Dutch Names Feel free to share these items, just credit DUTCH LETTERS (date), free genealogy round robin published by Carolyn Leonard. Anyone who wishes to be added to the mailing list, send an email to me at Editor234@gmail.com and say they would like to be on the list - and let us know their Dutch connection and contact info. Please send any pertinent info to be included in the next Letter.  If you want to be removed from the mailing list, just hit reply and say, "remove me" -- and I will do so immediately! I promise we do not share our mailing list with anyone, and do not publish email addresses ...
    Posted May 17, 2017, 9:38 AM by Pam Ellingson
  • Letters 05/15/2015 Exciting news! New Addition to Dutch Cousins staff  'WHO IS THAT BEARDED MAN?Exciting news!  Vince Akers' son Zach has agreed to be our official IT person to help with tech problems at the 2017 Dutch Cousins Gathering. At the 2015 gathering, Zach assisted videographer Jack Taylor with recording Vince's presentation on the history of the Old Mud Meetinghouse.Look on the www.DutchCousins.org website, scroll down the left side to Old Mud Meetinghouse, click on that name, and you'll see the links to the Pictorial History.  Click on one and it will take you direct to the YouTube video of the 2015 presentation by Vince as recorded by Zach and Jack.A Pictorial History of Kentucky ...
    Posted May 17, 2017, 9:08 AM by Pam Ellingson
  • Letters 05/15/2017 Wondering if your family is on the Dutch Name List?Are you Ready to laugh and have fun?Feel free to share these items, just credit DUTCH LETTERS (date), free genealogy round robin published by Carolyn Leonard. Anyone who wishes to be added to the mailing list, send an email to me at Editor234@gmail.com and say they would like to be on the list - and let us know their Dutch connection and complete contact info._______________________________________Please feel free to send any pertinent info to be included in the next Letter.  If you want to be removed from the mailing list, just hit reply and say, "remove me" -- and I will do so immediately !I promise we do not ...
    Posted May 17, 2017, 8:54 AM by Pam Ellingson
  • Don't throw your research away! Preserve your research for the agesHere is the perfect way to ensure that your work on your Low Dutch genealogy is not lost! Donate your research materials and documents (published or unpublished) to the Harrodsburg Historical Society (HHS) Research Library, Low Dutch Repository. Bring your records to donate with you to the gathering in September.NEW! Save your research for posterity!HARRODSBURG HISTORICAL SOCIETY,MERCER CO RESEARCH LIBRARYHHS -- Organized in 1907 in beautiful downtown Harrodsburg, KentuckyWHY YOU SHOULD CARE: Your genealogy and historical research on your Low Dutch family will have value to others besides you and your own descendants.  Perhaps there is no one else in your family interested in history, and you want your research ...
    Posted May 2, 2017, 7:29 AM by Pam Ellingson
  • Letters 04/27/2017 Are you ready for the Gathering?------------------SENT BY:  Yvette Hoitink, a professional genealogist in the Netherlands and owner of Dutch Genealogy Services.A kruidenier is a grocery (the shop) or grocer (the occupation). The word kruiden means spices, and reminds of the colonial origins of the word, when people would go to the kruidenier to buy pepper and nutmeg from the East Indies.Since the 1960s, most kruideniers have been replaced by supermarkets.-----------------------------------------------------Feel free to share these items, just credit DUTCH LETTERS (date), free genealogy round robin published by Carolyn Leonard. Anyone who wishes to be added to the mailing list, send an email to me at Editor234@gmail.com and say they would like to be on the ...
    Posted Apr 29, 2017, 3:13 PM by Pam Ellingson
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THE COUSINS ARE COMING TO FRANKFORT 
September  8-10,  2017.   Put it on your calendar now. 

We will have special rates at CAPITAL PLAZA HOTEL
405 Wilkinson Blvd, Frankfort, Ky 502-227-5100

Our Treasurer Janice Cozine and the 2017 Gathering Coordinator Mr. Lynn Rogers are working out the details.  It will be memorable - we can guarantee you that!

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Dutch Cousins Award $4000 to Harrodsburg Historical Society



From left to right:  Eddie Cozine, Janice Cozine, Dutch Cousins Treasurer presenting check to Dick Bauer, Harrodsburg Historical Society President, Amalie Preston, Chairperson of Dutch Archives in the HHS Library. (Photo by Marian Bauer)


By Amalie Preston

The Dutch Cousins Organization, descendants of the Low Dutch who built the Old Mud Meetinghouse in 1800, has donated $4000 to the Historical Society for the ongoing restoration project at Old Mud.  Since 2005 they have donated over $133,000 to the renovation which brings the 200 year old building from an endangered state to its present use as a functional museum and meeting venue.  The project continues with a focus on the adjacent one room schoolhouse.  

The Dutch Cousins officially began in 2005 and honor the memory and the history of the Low Dutch immigration experience, from the Netherlands to New Amsterdam (New York) in the early 1600s, to New Jersey and Pennsylvania in the 17th and 18th centuries and to Kentucky in the late 1770s.   The group meets every two years, and welcomes anyone who has an interest in or descends from these unique pioneers.  If your name is Banta, Brewer, Brocaw, Comingore, Coovert, Cozatt, Cozine,  Darland, Demaree, DeBaun, Duree, Lyster, Montfort, Riker, Reynerson, Scomp, Shuck, Smock, Tewmey, VanArsdall, Vannice, VanDiver, Voorhies, or Westerfield (just to name a few),  or associated families such as Adams, Britton, Davis and Mann, and more well-known local names - you can learn more using the short hotlink: http://www.carolynbleonard.com/CarolynBLeonard.com/DutchCousins/DutchCousins.html or an e-mail to Editor234@gmail.com.  

The Historical Society continues to thank all the partners in this project, both individual and corporate.



Goal & Mission

GOAL & MISSION:  We are descendants of the Low Dutch who settled New Amsterdam, moved to New Jersey, migrated to near Gettysburg, and made history when they later populated the Kentucky frontier. Our Dutch Cousins goal is to research, share and preserve the genealogy and history of our common Low Dutch heritage, including but not limited to, the restoration and preservation of the Old Mud Meetinghouse near Harrodsburg, KY. Our mission is to honor the memory of these ancestors, and enjoy the friendship of cousins - both newly-discovered and long-loved.

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Click here (Buffalo234@cox.net) if you would like to be on the 800 member Dutch Cousins mailing list with important information about gatherings and new finds.  Please include full contact information such as your phone number (in case your email bounces at some point) and mailing address so we know where you are coming from. Our list is not shared with anyone else, I promise. Feel free to send information about your Dutch connection to be included on the next letters.  The "Dutch Letters" probably average one a week or less; just whenever there are enough email notes collected to make a "letter" of interest.  Feel free to check out my webpage at www.carolynbleonard.com and read the Dutch Cousins Heritage blog.

Carolyn Leonard, Secretary, Dutch Cousins 2015 - 
SEE YOU IN KENTUCKY!