52 Ancestors – #2: Fennigje Jans

Fennigje Jans is my 8th Maternal Great-Grandparent on my father’s mother’s side of the family.  Her origins are unknown.  She married Jan Zweersen on May 16, 1712 in Zwolle, Overijssel, Netherlands.  There is a Fennigje Jans buried at Broerenkerkhof on September 26, 1747, but it is not confirmed that this is the same Fennigje Jans.

Broerenkerk, Zwolle, Netherlands

Broerenkerk, Zwolle, Netherlands, By Marycke Naber (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 nl (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/nl/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons

52 Ancestors – #1: Jan Zweersen

Jan Zweersen is my 8th great-grandparent, on my father’s mother’s side of the family.  He was from Dalfsen, Overijssel, Netherlands.  Jan married Fennigje Jans on May 16, 1712 in Zwolle, which is the capital of Overijssel, Netherlands.  At the time of their marriage, he lived on the dike in Zwolle, and began using the name Jan Zwiers.1

Map of Zwolle

Map of Zwolle, from “Blaeu’s Toonneel der Steden”, Dutch City Maps, edited bye Willem and Joan Blaeu, 1652. [Public Domain], https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Blaeu_1652_-_Zwolle.jpg



  1.  “Jan Zweersen”, Stamboom Dusseljee, (Coret Genealogie 1997-2016), https://www.genealogieonline.nl/en/stamboom-dusseljee/I587.php, Accessed: 1 January 2016.