W e l c o m e
This site is intended to give an overview of the ancestors of the
AUTSEMA-family. At least two centuries this family lived in the provence of
Groningen (in the North-East part of The Netherlands). The lastname AUTSEMA
is connected with the family-name AUSEMA. Around 1800 Napoleon conquered a
large part of Europe (also the Netherlands) and he made a law that stated
that every inhabitant should have a lastname. Around this time a member of
our family lived on the Ausmaheerd - which was a farm northeast of
Uithuizen; a little village in Groningen - and he chose the name of this
farm to be his lastname (AUSEMA). Other members of this family followed this
example, but at least one son used the name AUTSEMA.
Our ancestors occupations during two centuries were mainly farming and
household. During the last century there were many teachers and nurses in
A part of this site is translated in English. Click here
to take a look at this information.
If you have any additional information or remarks about the contents of this
site, please feel free to contact me.
The other pages of this site contain some general information and some Dutch
history. So far, I was not able to translate all these pages in English.
Jan (Willem) Autsema