Posted by: Amerongen | April 28, 2010

Calling for our history of veterans…

In the mail today I received an e-mail from the editorial staff of Het Paterje.  This is the genealogy magazine of the Netherlands that covers the Pater family. In the near future they will be doing a write-up of the Paters in the military service.  If you have a jpeg file of a veterans picture and a short story of their service please send it to my e-mail address. If you do not have my address it will be on the mass mailings that Cozette has sent out or comment on my blog and it comes first to my email address and I will get in touch with you.

Posted by: Amerongen | April 22, 2010

It is up and running… This is the place to be if you have the family name of Pater. It does not matter if you are one of my relatives or not. All of the Pater, Paters and De Paters are represented by this website. is the top rated website for research on a family name but this is not the case any more. On this site you will be able to research your family history and believe it or not, my mother is not the only Boekhout that married into the Pater family. My own history is being worked on as I type this blog entry by Bram Pater our support point in the Netherlands. Pictures and stories of their lives are available to download and print. I invite you to go there and see what is offered absent of any charge. I am sure if you have any family history that you can contribute it will be gratefully accepted. Again I ask you to subscribe to the Paterje the quarterly magazine of this organization. Some of you have seen copies of the Paterje at our 100th reunion and have seen for yourself the quality of this journal. It is now in a little different format which probably saves them on shipping costs but I find it to be of the same quality I have come to expect. Subscribe and learn to interpret through the use of the internet. You will slowly learn the language of our forefathers and like me will be soon ordering a Dutch learning software course. I still use translation software but I can get a feel for what is in each article by what I have learned. You honestly don’t know what you are missing.

Posted by: Amerongen | April 5, 2010

How Good Can It Get!

I have just been notified by Bram Pater that on April 10th the new website will be up and functional. is the place to go for all the information on the Pater family. There is no charge for research into our forefathers who are deceased. Those that are still living will not be listed.

There also will be a place on the site for those of you who are kind enough to give a little of your hard earned cash to further the work that is being done on our behalf on this site. While you are considering a donation please also consider a subscription to the Paterje. This is actually a fee for membership to the society and their quarterly magazine. I will gladly give of my time to instruct you on how to interpret their magazine. There is always something in every issue on our family tree due to the hard work of Bram and there is also much written about other families that share our family name in Holland. There is an interesting story of the beggars prison in the March issue and an article on the skating awards won by some of the Pater family which held a great interest to me as one of our grandchildren has also excelled in the skating sports.

While on the site you will see the e-mail address of Bram Pater who most of you met at the 100th reunion. He always welcomes exchanges of information on our family tree. Any newspaper articles on accomplishments of our family or news of weddings, births and deaths are always welcomed to keep the tree up to date.

I share in the excitement of the Paters of Amerongen and the other Pater families as the new webpage continues to evolve. If it were not for the internet we would have missed out on much of our family information in our lives. This was all done in celebration of their 25th anniversary of the organisation and I wish Karla and I could have been able to attend. One day in the future we will be knocking on Bram and Coby’s front door and will attend their celebration as they have attended ours.

Posted by: Amerongen | March 24, 2010

Good News, Bad News

A short time ago I recieved an email from Bram.

I will start with the bad news as I understand it at the time. There are sure to be revisions as I have more contacts with Bram and also personal experience on the Family Organisation of Paters website.

From what I currently understand the book on our family will probably be put on hold. Our family tree is the largest family represented in the Netherlands and due to the extensive research of Bram Pater it contains the most information. My personal thoughts on this is that the book is cost prohibitive due to the size of the book versus the demand. More information will be posted later as I have it.

Now for the good news.

The website of the Family Organisation Pater has been up-dated and operational as of the date of the 25th family reunion in the Netherlands which occurs on April 10th, 2010.

The site will be available also in English except for the family records as I am led to understand. Access to the site is open to everyone as it was in the past. The change that will interest most of the family is with the payment of 25 Euros you will have lifetime, unlimited access to all family information on relatives that are not living. Information will be updated by the reporting points as it is acquired. This is basically the same information that would have been included in the book we have all been waiting for.

The fee for the organisations magazine will remain at the same price of 30 euros for those who wish to try their hand at interpreting the language of our forefathers. At this time I am led to believe that those who subscribe to the Paterje will also have access to the family information with the use of user name and pass word. I will have to check into that further.

So for you interested in genealogy this will be an important resource in your search for information.

Posted by: Amerongen | February 22, 2010


This is the condensed history of the family written for those of you that are missing any information. There is a lot of information still missing especially pertaining to the dates of death of many of the forefathers listed on the family tree page. There will soon be a book in print by Bram Pater a member of the Fraternal Order of Paters in the Netherlands. For information on how to become a member of the F.O.P or what membership includes feel free to hit the comment button and send your inquiries. Information on the upcoming book will come at a later date and he is also currently working on the possibility of creating a cd of the information that is in the book for those who cannot afford the hardbound book when it is published. I have the preview of how our family information will be portrayed in the book and very little of our history is missing due to previously sent information.

In conclusion you will probably wonder if I had favorites among the aunts and uncles. Truthfully I would have to answer that I did but those favorites changed back and forth over the years as I learned more of the history of their lives. Favoritism was not based on attitudes as they all pretty much had the same personalities, a joke or two and a hearty laugh was always heard. It was more on how they entered the different stages of my life. They were all handy with their hands in building what they needed. I think 7 out of 12 had built their own camping trailers. I know of 5 of them that built much of their own homes. 4 of them will be remembered by me for their musical abilities. I know that 7 or 8 of them were hunters. We went camping together as a group and the first order of the day was getting one boat set up for the cousins to use for skiing and water sports and there was always a seat open if we wanted to go along fishing. Those were fun days but now the cousins are scattered across the U.S. and we don’t see each other much but I am sure they all have the same memories.

The blog will remain for those who have questions or interests but I am off on another pursuit for a while. I will still be adding to the family genealogy records for those that need information or want to supply it.

Posted by: Amerongen | February 16, 2010

12. Lawrence 25/April/1927

Lawrence and his wife Doris owned a grocery store and also an ice cream and sandwich drive-in cafe in Selby, SD. When they moved later to Crosby, Mn. Lawrence was a vice president or loan officer of the local bank and also owned another drive-in restaurant operated by his wife Doris. In later years Doris worked as a clerk in a jewelry store. Larry was an avid fisherman and hunter and at 82 still pursues fish, pheasants and deer. They do quite a bit of traveling but have always managed to be close by for family events.

Posted by: Amerongen | February 16, 2010

11. Marvin 13/June/1925

Marvin drove school bus and sharpened lawnmower blades for years. He worked for the Hormel hog slaughtering plant in Austin, Mn. as a mechanic for over 40 years. When he retired he operated a repair shop out of his home. His wife Kathleen (Katy) was a homemaker and worked 25 years as a cook for the Austin, Mn. school system. Marvin was another of the brothers who built their own camper and played the guitar and harmonica for our camping entertainment and family get togethers. He is the one we report to when there is a death or wedding in the family and he takes care of rounding up the family to attend. His wife Katy is a family historian who has kept all wedding pictures and obituaries of all the family members and without who my genealogy pursuits would have ever been attempted. I owe much to her and her daughter Cozette for putting all of this stuff together.

Posted by: Amerongen | February 10, 2010

10. Jennie 3/Mar./1922-22/Jan./1990

She was previously married to Lawrence Foss who died in 1944 in California. Later she married Clifton (Red) McCamey. She was a homemaker and had a fairly large family. Red farmed a little on their home place in Waltham, Mn, and also worked 40 years at Hormels in Austin, Mn. at a hog slaughter plant. I am sad to say that I don’t have much to relate about Jennie except that she reminded me so much of my grandmother. She was the same type of person. Friendly, helpful and putting others before herself and children before her own needs.

Posted by: Amerongen | February 10, 2010

9. Albert 15/Feb./1920-22/Sept./2002

Albert was a carpenter and then worked for Hormels in Austin, Mn. for 40 years in the slaughterhouse. He was an avid fisherman and built his own boat carrier and camping trailer. His wife Violet worked for Caseys in Hayfield, Mn. it was also a shrubbery business. She also worked at the Hayfield, Mn, meat locker for several years. In her later years she collected water bills for the city of Waltham, Mn. Al was a tall lanky type of person. He had a quick temper but also had a quick laugh to match. He played the guitar at all of our get togethers. He died very shortly after his wife and I personally feel it had something to do with her loss. He was very close to his family.

Posted by: Amerongen | February 7, 2010

8. Ann 21/May/1918-17/July/2000

Ann was a waitress in the Canton cafe in Austin, Mn. for many years and later became a nursing aid at the Austin, Mn. hospital. Her husband Rex worked at Hormels in Austin, Mn. for almost 30 years slaughtering hogs. I don’t remember Rex as I was young when he died. I remember Ann as a very religious woman and the wearer of gigantic hats. She was a nice looking stylish woman. I remember more than once while driving even though we lived many miles apart we would see a church bus up ahead and as we passed we would look over the passengers and many times receive a friendly wave from Ann traveling on one of her missions.

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