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Smits Family History


Welcome to the Smits Family Genealogy Site!

This site contains information regarding the genealogy of one of the Smits families which immigrated from the Limburg Province in the Netherlands to the DePere & Ashwaubenon areas in Brown County, Wisconsin.  For this family two brothers immigrated, Jacob in 1873 and Matthijs with his family in 1883.

Jacob Smits c. 1920's

Also within this site is information on other related families who settled in the same DePere & Ashwaubenon area.  These immigrants were:  Gerhard Albers with his grown children and their spouses from Schottheide, Prussia; Godfried Baeten & family from Limburg Province, Netherlands; P. Henry Linders & family from Arcen, Limburg, Netherlands;  Louis Vande Casteele & family from Moerkerke, Belgium; and August Vanden Branden & Joanna Madereel from Verrebroek, Belgium.

This genealogy is by no means a completed work, and I would appreciate any additions, corrections, or comments that you might have.  As with most genealogies, this is a collaborative effort I would appreciate being able to extend the research and add pictures (especially!), etc. which other family members may have.  If you have anything above or questions, please contact me at

This site will be updated with new pages of family members.