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    Hi!! Welcome to the Freie family. As you might have understood from my starting-page my name is Joop Freie. I'm married with Willie and we have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. We live in a village in the east of Holland; about 20 miles of the German border. I suppose that you are interested in the Freie-family. So am I. Let's start it!!!!
    After my parents died (in 1988 and 1989) I started searching for my family-roots. I knew that my grand-father was a born Dutchman, but that his father was a born German. First I started to make the Dutch-tree as complete as I could find. Then after a year and writings to the German Embassy in Holland (however, they could not help me) I discovered that my Great-grand-father was born in 1833 in a very small village in Germany, called Stirpe. In those days it belongs to the Kingdom of Hannover. Stirpe was a double village with the small village of Oelingen.
    Click for enlargement. And there in a nice, little Lutheran church (hidden in the woods) I found, in the archieves, most of my ancestors: my great-grandfather and his family, my great-great-grandfather and his family. And so on back to about 1730. And that is probably the earliest year I can find, because the church and the archieves burned completely down in 1740.
    But I discovered several certificates of births, marriages and dieing. Sometimes the name of the same person was written as: Freie, Freier, Freye or Freyer. So I think that the most are related.
    Some of the certificates you can see here.
    The Arenshorst church near Stirpe-Oelingen.
    If you want to see the family-tree of my parents (marriage 1930)Click here
    If you want to see the family-tree of my grandparents (marriage 1901)Click here
    If you want to see the family-tree of my great-grandparents (marriage 1859)Click here
    If you want to see the family-tree of my great-great-grandparents (marriage 1816)Click here
    If you want to see the family-tree of my great-great-great-grandparents (marriage 1785)Click here
    The area in where I searched is situated 15/20 miles north-east of the German city of Osnabrück. The centre-city of that area is Bohmte; other small villages are: Stirpe,Oelingen,Herringhausen, Arenshorst,Hitzhausen. This is all circa 80 miles from the Dutch-German border.
    During a visit to Orlando (Florida) I found in a telephonebook a family with my name: FREIE. That made me curious. We contacted; it seemed that their ancestors came from Germany and that many people with the name of Freie, Freye, Freier lived in the USA and Canada. Another member of the Freie-clan (from Iowa) wrote me that their ancestors came from the area of Schale in the district of Westphalia in Germany.
    The village of Schale is situated about 20 miles west of Stirpe/Oelingen (the area I was searching). Since two years I am trying to find a connection between the Freie-family from Stirpe-Oelingen (my tree) and the Freie-family from Schale-area (from where the most of the Americans come from).
    In both family-trees you see very similar first-names; in German: Heinrich(Henry), Wilhelm(William/Bill), Johann(John), Friedrich(Frederick), Gerhard.
    And in both trees you see similar professions: many of them were: "Heuermann", that is a cottager, a small farmer. They lived in a "kotten", which is a small cottage.
    If you have questions/suggestions about the European-Freie-family mail me here.
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