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Klaas Smit b.1897 Netherlands d.1943 Alaska

Klaas Smit b.1897 Netherlands d.1943 Alaska

Posted: 9 Nov 2011 9:14PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Smit
I am looking for the parents of Klaas (Klass?, Klas?) Smit who was born 3 September 1897 in the Netherlands, and died in 1943 at Unimak Island, Alaska while serving as a US Merchant Marine. I usually don't try to research people in Europe because I am unfamiliar with where the information is. But I do have a little information on him that I am hoping will help someone to point me to possible online sources.

Klaas had a twin sister, Annie, who was head of a boys orphanage during WWII. And, he had a brother, John, who was a principal of a Rotterdam School. I found this information in an article in the Ellensburg Daily Record newspaper, August 26, 1942 (Washington state, USA). I have attached this article. Another article I have found says he served in the Dutch Navy in WWI.

I have also created a Find A Grave memorial for Klaas with articles that explain his death here:

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=80...

Is there any way that I might be able to locate his parents and the cemetery they are buried in using only online data sources? I appreciate any help you can give me.
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Re: Klaas Smit b.1897 Netherlands d.1943 Alaska

Posted: 10 Nov 2011 7:09AM GMT
Classification: Query
This is the birth of Klaas:


Child
Klaas Smit

Father
Klaas Smit

Mother
Elisabeth Tijssen

Place
Uitgeest

Date of birth
03-09-1897

Source
Kennemerland Uitgeest189747

You can search at this website:

http://www.digitalestamboom.nl/Search.aspx

Good luck,

Rian in the Netherlands

Re: Klaas Smit b.1897 Netherlands d.1943 Alaska

Posted: 10 Nov 2011 1:45PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Smit
Thank you for your help. I found what appears to be his father:

Deceased Klaas Smit , 51 jaar
Father Johannes Smit
Mother Anna Honig
Partner Elisabeth Tijssen
Place Rotterdam
Date of death 12-10-1927
Remarks akte nr. 4219
Source Rotterdam1927e014


And, his mother:

Deceased Elisabeth Tijssen , 62 jaar
Father Klaas Tijssen
Mother IJmske Vellema
Partner Klaas Smit
Place Rotterdam
Date of death 06-05-1935
Source Rotterdam1935b170


Now I would like to find the cemetery they are in. I suspect this will be somewhat harder.

Re: Klaas Smit b.1897 Netherlands d.1943 Alaska

Posted: 12 Nov 2011 12:14PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello,

This is the marriage information of the parents of Klaas Smit, b. 1897.

Source Civil register - Marriage
Archive location Noord-Hollands Archief
General Number of finding aid: 358
Item number: 358.127
Municipality: Velsen
Type of record: Huwelijksakte
Record number: 54
Registration date: 05-11-1896
Groom Klaas Smit
Age: 20
Place of birth: Beverwijk
Bride Elisabeth Tijssen
Age: 24
Place of birth: Wijk aan Zee en Duin
Father groom Johannes Smit
Mother groom Anna Honig
Father bride Klaas Tijssen
Mother bride IJmske Vellema

If have also the official birth records of Klaas and his twin sister Anna Smit. If you want to have them, I can send them to you.

Let me know on: duurenra@iae.nl

Best regards,

Robert A. van Duuren
Holland

Re: Klaas Smit b.1897 Netherlands d.1943 Alaska

Posted: 12 Nov 2011 12:49PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Smit
Thank you for your generous offer, but I will not need the birth records of Klaas and his sister. This is not my family and I am only trying to link Klaas with his parents on Find A Grave. I am attempting to link many of the local service men and women who died in WWII with their families on Find A Grave, so I do not have the time to do very in-depth research. I have about 450 I am working on so far and many more to do.

Thank you for providing the marriage information for his parents.

Re: Klaas Smit b.1897 Netherlands d.1943 Alaska

Posted: 15 Jan 2013 5:41AM GMT
Classification: Death
Surnames: Smit
Klaas was my grandfather. I never knew him. My dad was one of his 3 sons; my great aunt Aunnie and her husband, Joe, lived in Rotterdam, Netherlands. They had one daughter, Lisse. I don't know the location of my great grandparents' burial but I do have their pictures.

Re: Klaas Smit b.1897 Netherlands d.1943 Alaska

Posted: 15 Jan 2013 10:42AM GMT
Classification: Death
Surnames: Smit Honig Tijssen
According to the census like information on http://rotterdam.digitalestamboom.nl/scan.aspx?book=R&id... died his father on 12 October 1927 in Rotterdam. The index on the death record gives

Overledene Klaas Smit , leeftijd 51 jaar
Vader Johannes Smit
Moeder Anna Honig
Echtgenoo/te Elisabeth Tijssen
Plaats Rotterdam
Datum overlijden 12-10-1927
Opmerkingen akte nr. 4219
Geboorteplaats Beverwijk
Bron Rotterdam 1927 e014
The original death record is on https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-10795-52052-7?cc=... It shows that he is buried in grave # 2644. Graves in the Netherlands last usually for 10 years. So his grave is not available anymore.

Re: Klaas Smit b.1897 Netherlands d.1943 Alaska

Posted: 15 Jan 2013 8:33PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you very much for your help. I would not have found the death record by myself.
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