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A project such as this could not have been attempted without the input of many other extended family members who were so kind to share their research, documents & pictures.  Without their contributions, this site would merely be names and dates.  To that end, this page contains both individuals as well as web sites I most relied upon for the information on this site.


E. Virginia Hunt

2014 Memorial Dr.#104

Green Bay, WI 54303

Author of The Baeten Families of Brown County, Wisconsin


Tracy Granus

Green Bay, Wisconsin

Descendent of Joanna Albers & John Mooren Had much research on the Mooren's & Henry Albers first wife


Jo Classens

A researcher in Limburg, Netherlands tracing emigrants and extended family relations from that area 



Joan Carey

Descendent of Hattie Smits & Victor Borman




Raymond & Lorraine Smits

My grandparents who aided me in this endeavor, found many pictures for me from their own items & other relatives, recounted their past experiences and gave me the mass cards they had saved and inherited from their parents.


Dorothy Albers

Information on a branch of Henry Albers



 Kathleen Zellermayer

Descendent of the Martens & Vande Casteele Families

Visit her website at:


Brenda Swanson Tibbets

Descendent of Peter Mathey & Dora Smits




Web Sites & Organizations


Brown County Library

Central Library

515 Pine Street

Green Bay, WI 54301


Great Collection of Brown County Newspapers on microfilm, plus censuses and local history



Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church

1307 Lourdes Ave
                        De Pere, WI 54115

St. Boniface & St. Joseph Parishes on the west side of De Pere, Wisconsin merged into this parish on July 1, 1996.  The parish office holds the baptism, confirmation, marriage & interment records of the merged parishes.  St. Boniface was the primary parish for many of the families on this site.






The Church of Jesus Christ

of Latter-Day Saints

Some online information plus microfilmed records from many civil governments and churches in Europe available for review at local Family History Centers.  These records were my primary sources for much of the pre-emigration information.



A categorized & cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet. 



Pay site with Census records & more.




Genealogy program which allows you to view and edit your genealogy on your website.  The family tree on this site utilizes this Open Source program.


DePere Historical Society

White Pillars Museum
403 North Broadway

De Pere, WI 54115


Unique collection of mass cards from De Pere families and some local history books.



Brown County Register of Deeds

Northern Building, Room 260

305 E. Walnut St.

P.O. Box 23600

Green Bay, WI 54305-3600

Contains the vital and property records for Brown County, Wisconsin.  Many vital records are open for on site genealogical research.  Pre circa 1900 records were not necessarily recorded, although they sometimes were.  For older records, parish records are the supplement.




University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

The Special Collections sections contains pre 1907 Wisconsin vital records, tax rolls, and citizenship records for Brown and the surrounding counties.




Online Dutch records from the Civil Register.


Joint product of regional history centers & the state archives in the Netherlands.  Contains information from the Civil Register for various provinces and time periods.  Limburg was rather limited, but the database is growing.




Listing of various online sources for Dutch/Belgium records from various municipalities



ONGEN-Datenbank - Online-Genealogie

Searchable online database limited to the square between, Duesseldorf and Borken on German side as well as Roermond and Nimwegen on Netherlands side.  Contains online versions of some of the records microfilmed by the Latter-Day Saints.