Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Meet "The Graveyard Rabbit of Utrecht and Het Gooi"


The Graveyard Rabbit of Utrecht and Het Gooi

The fourteenth in a series
featuring a member of The
Graveyard Rabbit Association
presented in order of their membership

Hello all. I am Henk van Kampen, the Dutch graveyard rabbit. During office hours I'm a software engineer, my evenings and weekends I try to divide between my family, genealogy, and enjoying art and literature.

You can find out more about my arts taste and reading habits on my arts and literature blog Masterpieces (though unfortunately I have not updated it for a long time).

I have been interested in genealogy since an early age. Around 2003, I published my family tree online, hoping to connect this way with distant cousins. I did get e-mails from distant cousins, but I got even more requests for help with other people's ancestors, mainly from the U.S.A.

At the time, there were a few websites explaining how to find Dutch ancestors in an archive or family history center, but nothing on how to use the internet to find Dutch ancestors. I wrote a few articles about Dutch genealogy, including one called Trace your Dutch roots online, in a section of my website that I gave the title Trace your Dutch roots. This section quickly became the most popular part of my website! Today, Trace your Dutch roots consists of a large website, a newsletter with hundreds subscribers, and a blog. Writing and researching for Trace your Dutch roots now takes up most of my genealogy time.

There is no information on Dutch graveyards on Trace your Dutch roots, and I rarely used tombstones as a resource for my own genealogy research. When I heard about Terry's plans for the Association of Graveyard Rabbits, I thought that was a good opportunity to do something about both omissions. I was also excited about the idea of many rabbits all blogging about graveyards in their own region. So I accepted Terry's open invitation to join and started blogging about graveyards in Utrecht (the province where I live) and in the neighbouring region Het Gooi (where most of my paternal ancestors lived).

The graveyard rabbit of Utrecht and Het Gooi
Trace your Dutch roots - the website
Trace your Dutch roots - the blog
Van Kampen genealogy pages - my own family history
Masterpieces - my arts and literature blog
HBvK . com - for everything else


JoLyn said...

It's nice to get to know you, Henk!

M. Diane Rogers said...

Very pleased to meet you, Henk. I like your 'Masterpieces' blog too!

Henk van Kampen said...

Thank you, ladies!

Judith Richards Shubert said...

Henk, I especially have enjoyed all of the photographs on your Graveyard Rabbit blog. And I've enjoyed getting to know a bit more about you and your genealogy research.

Henk van Kampen said...

Thanks, Judy. I enjoy wandering around graveyards with my little camera, so you can expect many more photos in the future.