Hollanders actually are Frisians—they separated themselves (the House of Holland) in the ninth century from other Frisians. To my knowledge, there was no group of people identified as “Dutch” before the end of the Eighty Years War with Spain. One way to tell if your ancestors were Dutch or Frisian is the surname’s prefix or suffix. Dutch people often use a prefix such as van-, den- and ten-. West Frisians tend to use suffixes such as -stra, -ma, -enk and -ing. East and North Frisians often have double letters in their Scandinavian-sounding names, such as Jaansen.
What a Treat
Just want to tell you what a kick it was to read in the May 2010 issue about my uncanny coincidence in finding the grave of my husband’s great-grandfather. Then receiving the 2009 back issue CD as a prize—frosting on the cake.
I love your magazine and will continue to be one of your satisfied fans. When the magazine arrives, I just stop what I’m doing to see what your latest issue brings to your subscribers. Keep up the good work! You do so much for those of us researching our heritage.
A few details need clarification, however: The certificate program lasts for one academic year, September through June, and you take one $630 class per quarter. You’re strongly encouraged to commit to the entire course, because you work on a project of your own choosing throughout the year. You’ll always be glad you took the class—some people have taken it more than once.
Correction: In the May 2010 Making Connections column, a reader recommended the Cornell University Library Making of America collection <digital.library.cornell.edu/m/moa> as a source of digitized newspapers. That collection, however, contains only journals, monographs and Civil War documents.