Welcome to the van Ravenzwaaij family

This website shows the genealogical data of my dutch ancestors, the van Ravenzwaaij family on my father's side and the Kammeijer family on my mother's side. As a starting point, I have chosen - in loving memory - my father Dick, who passed away in 2019.

Please note that although the user interface is in your native language, all information is written in the original language.

The founding father of the van Ravenzwaaij family is Hendrik Jansz. van Ravenswaeij. He was born around the year 1590 in Stichts (or Utrechts) Veenendaal in the province of Utrecht. Unfortunately, Hendrik's wife is still unknown. The origin of the surname lies in the town of Ravenswaaij. This is a small village in the middle of the Betuwe - between the rivers Lek and Waal - nowadays belonging to the municipality of Buren in the province of Gelderland. In 1139, Ravenswaaij was still called Ravenswade. In 1273, there is a documented mention of the knights Lord Johan and Lord Surond of Ravenswade, who are probably the oldest known ancestors. So far, however, no evidence for this claim has been found.

The founding father of the Kammeijer family was born as Johannes Friedrich Seving about 1735 in Germany. With his marriage on 14 November 1754 to Margaretha Elsabein Kampmeyer, heiress of the farm "Hof Kammeijer" in Cleve, located in the county of Ravensberg, which was then part of the Electorate of Brandenburg in the Holy Roman Empire, he adopted his wife's surname - as was often customary in farming families. Margaretha Elsabein, daughter of Johan Henrich Kampmeyers and Maria Gerdrut Rolff, was baptised in the town of Borgholzhausen on 3 February 1737. Cleve became a borough of Borgholzhausen, Kreis Gütersloh in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, since 1 January 1973.

Family tree research is never finished. Therefore, new information is regularly added to this website. If you have interesting information for my family tree yourself, I cordially invite you to contact me. I welcome all pieces of information and especially photos and stories which I can add to the family tree.

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Lars van Ravenzwaaij