The family tree published here for you represents almost exclusively the research results of Mr. Jozef Dobbelaere and Mr. Aloïs van den Oever.
We find most of the members of the first generation of the family in Sint-Laureins in the north of our Meetjesland. But now of course they are spread out and some live in France while others are now citizens of the U.S.A. With this translation we hope some will find out about their roots near the beautiful Leopold Canal and contact us to bring us up to date on their family branch.
But first of all a word of thanks to those who did the research and helped us
to gain the knowledge we bring you here:
1. The excellent article «The Van Hootegem / Van Ooteg(h)em family from St.-Laureins» published in De Levensboom (The Tree of Life), 2007, 20th Year, #1 by Mr. Jozef Dobbelaere with important additions by Mr. Alois van den Oever.
"De Levensboom" is the periodical of the V.V.F. Meetjesland, Vlaamse Vereniging voor Familiekunde (Flemish Genealogy Association). Follow this link for a visit to their website. We are most grateful to the good people of "De Levensboom" and in particular to Mr. Adhémar Van Acker, because where would we be if they had not published this article ?
2. The Registry of Births, Marriages and Deaths of Sint-Laureins. Many thanks to Mrs. Sandra Lacayse. We are much obliged for her assistance.
3. Our source for information on Sophie Van Hootegem, the daughter of Jacobus Francies (VII) and Marie Therese Van Hulle, after she emigrated to the U.S.A. is Mrs. Sara Coblin, née Noe, a descendant of August Noë and his wife Sophie. August was from Ursel, another lovely Meetjesland village.
4. Many thanks also to Mr. Marijn Claeys for his answers to some of our question. One of these questions was...
Where does this name come from ?
Without a doubt from the name of a place: Otegem in West-Flanders.
See Dr. Frans Debrabandere: "Woordenboek van de familienamen in België en Noord-Frankrijk". (Dictionary of family names in Belgium and Northern France) published by the Uitgeverij L.J. Veen, Amsterdam, 2003.
Mr. Dobbelaere starts his article with what he calls the third generation. He hopes to find an extra one or two generations further back. We are most grateful for his work and wish him success and great discoveries. We here stick with his numbering system; i.o.w. we here also start with the third generation.
If you, dear reader, have more information about someone mentioned here please feel free to contact us. We gladly expatiate: that means we're also interested in those who are related by marriage and in their ancestors. That's how we hope to discover little by little how we're nearly all related to one another.
And of course we're also curious about the descendants. It goes without saying that their privacy will be respected and that we will not publish anything about the living without their consent.
We are also very interested in pictures, obituary notices, funeral cards and other documents that throw more light on the Van Ootegem / Van Hooteghem family and the region where they live or came from. Of course we return all original documents. Many thanks in advance for your cooperation.
We would like to digitize the original documents and share them with all those who are interested. Many valuable documents have disappeared over the ages. Let's hope those that survived the wars, tempests, fires and other health risks have a long future ahead of them and captivate the attention of many more people.