Introduction to the History of the Families De Meijer, Van Haelst, Van Dorsser & Maasdam, Van Waes, Puylaert, Thomaes and related Families
The families described in these pages stem for the major part from the South-West of the Netherlands and Flanders, more in particular the (Dutch) Zeelandic Flanders (Zeeuws-Vlaanderen). The special edition of "Vlaamse Stam", the monthly publication of the Flemish Association of Family History, vol 37, nr 11-12 of November-December 2001, dedicated to families in the Zeelandic Flanders, showed the strong relationships between catholic farmer families in this most south-western part of The Netherlands, the majority of them having their origins in that part of Flanders now known as Belgium (1). The families are sometimes so strongly related that many members have multiple common ancestors in their pedigrees (sometimes referred to as "loss of quarter"). These relations date from before and after the move of these families to the Dutch Flanders in the 16th and 17th century and continue until our days (2). The influence of Flanders has always been important in the South-West of the Netherlands: the dialect of Zeeland is a version of Flemish and many Flemish noblemen held land both in Zeeland and the southern islands of Holland, such as The Hoekse Waard. This last island is the origin of the Maasdam family. But also families from the Flanders moved to this area and became protestant, such as the Herweijer family. The Van Dorsser family, finally, comes from the city of Dordrecht and surroundings just opposite the Hoekse Waard and the village of Maasdam, and moved from there to the island of Rozenburg, now situated in the middle of the port of Rotterdam. Special sections of this site are dedicated to the emigrants to North-America. They are found amoung the Maasdam, Van Haelst, but also Van Dorsser and De Meijer.
(1) De oudste stamvaders uit de Zeeuws-Vlaamse kwartierstaten, contributions of 45 geneologists in the Zeelandic Flanders, Vlaamse Stam, vol 37, nr 11-12.nov-dec 2001.
(2) Drie gevallen van sterk kwartierverlies: Haverbeke en Wijffels by Dr. Paul H.E.M. de Meijer and prof. Carl B.A.J. Puylaert.
Seaguls and Albatrosses are the most representative birds of Zeeland and South-Holland. The hymn of the Dutch Flanders starts with the words: "Where once the screech of the seagulls, died out over the lonely beach..."
Sources / Bronnen
De belangrijkste bronnen voor de kwartierstaat en familiegeschiedenis zijn/ The most important sources of the pedigree and family history are:
1] Dr. Paul de Meijer, "Beknopte historische beschrijving van het Zeeuws-Vlaamse geslacht De Meijer", Zaamslag / Arnhem 1984.
2] Albert Alexander Clement Van Haelst, "1470 - 1970, Vijfhonderd Jaren der Familie Van Haelst (Van Aelst)", uitgegeven in eigen beheer te Antwerpen omstreeks 1970.
3] M.A.M. Dam-Mast en A.P. van den Hoek, "Het geslacht Maasdam", Strijen / Puttershoek 1986, ISBN 90-9001230-3
4] Families Van Dorsser and Stehouwer: Research at the Centraal Bureau Genealogie, Den Haag by J.A.C. van Dorsser, Rozenburg, NL and contributions by A.P. van den Hoek.
5] Family Maasdam / Marsden, USA by Margery Marsden-Van Duyne, South-Butler, NY.
6] Dr. P.H.E.M. de Meijer, "Het Zeeuws-Vlaamse geslacht Pateer, een Genealogie", Leiden 1991, ISBN 90-9004289-X
7] Family Remery (Remerij): Research by Marry and Frans Remery, Voorburg: the website Remery.
8] Family Thomaes: 8a] "Stamboom der familie Thomaes" by Ceriel Petrus Thomaes (1937), 8b] "Stamboom van Bernardus Josephus Thomaes en Joanna Maria Goethals" Frits C.M. Thomaes en Gaston A.P. Dauwe, Hoofdplaat, 4-9-1976.
9] Prof. Dr. Carl B.A.J. Puijlaert, Bosch en Duin, article "Een legendarische man, De Rijke Thomaes" in Vlaamse Stam, 37e jrg, nr 11-12, nov-dec 2001.
10] Dr Guy van Haelst, "Het Geslacht van Haelst in Zuiddorpe", Mechelen, 1999; 2 delen.