This site is my initial effort to make a portion of the genealogy research I
have done on my family available on the Web. I will be placing my direct
ancestors in a database on this site. I have a larger tree built around
the DIELEMAN surname, but to save space, I keep that tree offline. If you
are interested in the larger tree, drop me a note! My main goal is to get a
small part of my family tree on the Web for my immediate family to enjoy,
and to promote contact with other branches of the DIELEMAN family.
My ancestors originated in Zeeland, Netherlands. They immigrated to the
United States in the mid 1800's. They settled in Central Iowa, where most
of my family still resides.
My father started working on our family tree a few years ago. It was
interesting, but difficult to keep all the names straight. I then found
Piet Ouwens DIELEMAN family tree (you can find his site on my links page),
and was fascinated by how easy it was to click back through history. That
fanned the flame, and I merged my fathers'
hand written information with a GEDCOM file supplied by Piet, and I was in
business! That led to the creation of this site, and WHAM, a hobby is born.