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The most important reason of the start of my family research was the reading of a book in 1991. It is called: "Landverhuizers" by P.J.Risseeuw. This historical novel tells us about the emigration of many "Afgescheidenen" (separated people) in the Netherlands in the former century. Their belief played a big part in their daily life. Because I think that believing in God and Jesus Christ is very important I became very curious for their circumstances in which they and also the other ancestors had lived, worked and believed. And than I discovered that for many more Sleijsters the belief played an important role in their life's.
My search began with a copy of a part of a family tree. I got it in that time from my father. Than I started a systematic search through several government archives in Overijssel and in Gelderland, and in the city archives of Zutphen and Amsterdam.
I also gathered lots of information from acts, certificates and books.
I have tried to make a readable story and let the history live with this information.
In 1998 I have published a book. Much of that stuff is used in this
Before 1811 the churches kept up the Baptism, Wedding and Bury books. The noted dates then are mostly the date of baptism, betrothal and burying, and not the date of Birth, Wedding and Death.
According to the documents the whole Sleijster family was Dutch Reformed (Nederlands Hervormd).
The Burgher State ("Burgerlijke Stand")
When in 1811 the Burgher State ("Burgerlijke Stand") is
introduced, the reference to the church membership is unfortunately disappeared. From ± 1840 it
is booked again in the Register of Population ("Bevolkingsregister"), that is a
register per house.
So for the period after it, it is only by personal inquiry possible to collect the data. To get the data of the emigrated Sleijsters is of course much more difficult. So there is an uncultivated area.
The Register of Population ("Bevolkingsregister")
From ± 1842 the cities keep up the so-called Register of Population ("Bevolkingsregister"). So is the register per house. You will find there the data of the inhabitants. It is mostly a family. The names, dates and places of birth, marriage, dead, occupation, and also the denomination. In ± 1938 the cities switch over to person cards, with the same data.