My Family Genealogy Pages

Discovering my Dutch, German, Irish and other European Ancestors and Relations:
van Waterschoot (van der Gracht), Balzer, Hadfield, Walpole

Emperor Charlemagne

King Charles I of France (Charlemagne) is a grandfather to many persons in my family tree. As a result there are many kings and queens, dukes and duchesses, knights, Prime Minister and President etc. as grandparents and cousins.
He appears in this tree as Karel de Grote, one of numerous versions of his name, (2-Apr-772 to 28-Jan-814) under Person Id I1673.
The long trail to some "van Waterschoot" begins with Louis (778-840), the fifth child of nine by his second wife, Hildegard in de Vinzgouw. His twin brother died in infancy.


My curiosity probably began when getting ready for my first overseas trip (to Europe) in 1989, well before all the information available online today was accessible reasonably easy from home. My father had passed away 15 years earlier and all I could do was "hope" I could find out something. Not speaking Dutch did not help though I hoped my time in Amsterdam may yield something. I came away then empty handed except a couple of names from the telephone book. Nonetheless, I had an enjoyable trip.

It was 1994 when I "met" Jean (Johannes) van Waterschoot, via an internet search then email. He had a small tree online. We shared some information but never managed then to establish a relationship. His website was then looked after by Harry Waterschoot but some years later, it was gone.

I started to slowly add information about the "van Waterschoot" side as records became available online, mostly from the Zeeuws Archief.

It was some years later, in the early 2000s, I began to receive additional information mostly from Canadian cousins.

Later, my late mother mentioned my late cousin Robert was gathering all sorts of information on that side of my family. Some years ago, I obtained an electronic copy of his research and images. I have now merged that into my tree and it is that combination which is now available in this database.

For the present, I will continue to make updates and corrections in my desktop program/data files. Periodically, I will upload this content, replacing what is available here online. The old web pages were all hard-coded and will be amended, suppressing some detail. The other information pages will remain.

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Regards. John

Walther van Waterschoot van der Gracht

Walther Simon Joseph van Waterschot van der Gracht (21-Aug-1845 to 30-Aug-1921) was a Dutch lawyer, notary and politician. It was his great grandfather, Doctor Joseph van Waterschoot (1759-1853) who, in 1817, obtained permission to name himself "van Waterschoot van der Gracht". In 1912, the family name was entered into the Nederland's Patriciaat.