Why this Website
In the course of time I (Gijsbert van Roekel
collected genealogical data about members of the Van Roekel family.
The reason was mainly curiosity with respect to my anscestors,
who they were, how they lived and where they lived.
Part of this collection is published on this website to help other
genealogists and also, to receive additional information
Finding persons can be done via the alphabetical
list of names
NB 1: This genealogy is not ready and possibly never will be.
Most of the information offered is checked with primary sources where possible,
but before 1700 and after 1900 this is often difficult or even impossible.
So much information is unsure and incomplete and checking by yourself is mandatory!
Remind that it is a project still under construction.
NB 2: Copying of data is allowed with proper acknowledgement.
In the last years I received lots of messages about this genealogy, mostly from
Holland and the U.S.A, but also from other countries.
Thus I collected countless corrections and additions that were all incorporated
in this genealogy, of course always with proper reference to the sources.
In most cases it was about simple genealogical data like names and dates, but I
also received many beautiful old family pictures and stories.
Our hall of fame:
To all contributors: "Thank you very much indeed!"
Please continue to send me
more corrections and additions, old family pictures and stories.
The Name 'Van Roekel'
The name originates from a small hamlet in the municipality of Ede (on the south
west side of the Veluwe which is part of Gelderland, one of the provinces
of the Netherlands).
In november 2006 Karen
van Roekel visited Roekel,
on the picture Karen and Gijs standing in Roekel.
Long ago someone came from Roekel and was named 'van Roekel'
(van=from). The name of the hamlet Roekel is derived from 'roek', a black kind of crow,
and 'lo' meaning forest, so a forest in which lives a swarm of black birds.
In Holland more of these rook forests exist.
The oldest mention is the one of Johan van Rokel who lives
in Rokel in 1328. From 1353 to 1446 there are a few mentions of van Roekel's
in Arnhem (a town at the southern border of the Veluwe). Also in Wageningen
from 1714 on van Roekel's occur.
Most of the now living van Roekel's are, as far as we know at the moment, descendants of
Willem Dercksen (van Roekel) of Bennekom. And there are lots of them!
Not long ago, october 2006, I got a message pointing to the fact that in a
certain branch of the family a story about the origin of the van Roekel family
has been handed over from father to son for a long time.
According to this story the van Roekel family descends from Jan de
, the first martyr of Holland.
Coat of Arms
In the book "De Familie van Roekel" [GR
coats of arms
are described and pictured.
The first coat of arms comes from the collection Posthumus.
Nothing is known about the origin and the originator of this coat of arms and it
is not officially registered.
Also nothing is known about meaning of this coat of arms.
Based on the description John Herbert Van Roekel
commisioned a professional graphic artist to create the beautiful picture of
this coat of arms shown here.
This genealogy is composed of family pages with husband, wife, marriage(s),
children and further comments.
A click on father or mother normally brings you one generation backward, to the
page where they are a child themselves.
A click on a child brings you one generation forward, to the page where it
acts as a parent.
In this way you can navigate from family page to family page.
On each page you will always find links to this introduction, the list of names and
the list of sources.
On some pages you will also find links to pages containing larger topics.
The most important overviews in this genealogy are:
- Descendants of Derk Backer, the (hypothetical) forefather of
the Van Roekels of Bennekom, see: Parenteel Derck Backer (van Roekel).
- Descendants of Jan Evertsen van Roekelt,
the forefather of the Van Roekels of Wageningen,
see: Parenteel Jan Evertsen van Roekelt.
- Descendants of Jan Jansen (van Roekel),
who also took the name Van Roekel, see: Parenteel Jan Jansen van Roekel.
- Ahnentafel of Rik en Lars van Roekel,
my grandsons. Maybe, via their mother they probably have
Karel de Grote as their forefather.
- Descendants of Beert Jans (van 't Oever), forefather of my wife,
see: Parenteel Beert Jan (van 't Oever).
- List of questions about Van Roekels not yet connected.
In the early generations almost everything is based upon the old baptism-, member-,
marriage- and burial books that were kept by the church.
These books were kept until about 1810.
All later information comes mainly from the internet and other sources.
ATTENTION: This means that many dates after
1900 are estimated and families are often incomplete.
The van Roekel's of Bennekom and Wageningen are possibly related and might
have a common forefather who cam from Arnhem. For the time being this is
speculation. The same holds for Jan Jansen van Roekel and Willem Dercksen.
You can find persons in the alphabetical list of names.
This list of names
is ordered on last name, first name
A click on the birth year brings you to the family page where the name occurs.
You might also use one of the overviews mentioned above.
Considerable amounts of data can be found about families that are related to
the van Roekel family.
The oldest known members of some of these families are:
A number of family members emigrated to the USA.
The book 'A History of Sioux Center' [HSC] contains 'family histories' of some
of these emigrants and their descendants.
These family histories are added (with permission) to the concerning family pages.
See: Family Histories
On the family pages you will find citations from sources
of information upon which this genealogy is based.
You will find the source in the list of sources
Many people send corrections and additions via email.
These individual sources are acknowledged on the family pages.
The numbers of official acts found with the help of
are added to the text on the family pages between brackets.
The family pages are in the Dutch language, some of the remarks and
sources are (partly) translated in English. Look out, Dutch dates have the general
format dd-mm-yyyy, the day comes first! The following list of terms
- begraven = buried
- broer = brother
- bronnen = sources
- geboren = born
- gedoopt = baptized
- inleiding = introduction
- kind = child
- lidmaat = full member of the church
- man = husband
- moeder = mother
- naamlijst = list of names
- opmerkingen = remarks
- overleden = died
- trouwt = marries
- vader = father
- vrouw = wife
- zus = sister
Copyright, Privacy and Disclaimer
NB 1: You may copy information from this genealogy with reference to its source, for private
non-commercial usage only
NB 2: This genalogy may contain data about living persons, in most cases with persmission.
Upon any objection against the publishing of some or all data about yourself,
these data will be removed immediately.
NB 3: This genealogy has been set up with care and as much acknowledgements as possible,
the author can not, in any possible case, be held responsible for the consequences
of its usage by others.
If you are having any questions, please send an
© Gijs van Roekel, Maarn 2005