When I began to plot the locations of the birth-places and burial grounds of Dutch ancestors, they quickly began to present themselves as largely being grouped around one province.

The towns and villages in Utrecht province were home to several generations of my father’s family, thus far dating back to the 18th century. They form a cluster of mostly small farming communities that surround the city of Utrecht.

Tull en ‘t Waal was where my father’s family lived before immigrating to Canada in the 1950s as part of a larger movement of Dutch citizens. It is part of the municipality of Houten, which also includes ancestral homestead Schalkwijk.

Other ancestral communities include: