This post is the first in a series showing not only the results of my research into my paternal Mulder line, but also my research journey. Take a peek over my shoulder as I try to find my Mulder ancestors.
Last week I wrote about my Mulder ancestry, which is my paternal line. I did the initial research way back when I first started and knew nothing, I used one source (civil registration) and was basically a name collector at the time. Name, birth date, marriage date, death date (all based on a single document per information item) and done. I did get a few extra records about my great-grandfather, but that’s about it. Occasionally, I would search online and stumble upon something that could be and very well might be about one of my Mulder ancestors. So I have plenty of material to get to work with.
I can prove my parents are indeed my parents with three different documents that give direct evidence and plenty of indirect evidence. Not to mention of course my own memories and my parent’s memories. My father’s father, Klaas Mulder, can be proven by four different documents that give direct evidence, several other documents that give indirect evidence and of course personal memories of both my father and my grandparents. All of these documents I am talking about are in the Mulder Family Archive, which is in my possession.
Since my grandfather passed away, I could discuss the research I’ve done on him, but to protect my grandmother’s privacy I will not do so at this time. But while I will start by showing the research I am doing on my great-grandfather Salomon Mulder, I do hope I’ve shown that my connection to my great-grandfather is solid.
Before I can really dive into Salomon Mulder’s life, I need to solidly identify him in the records I already have. Mulder is a common name here in the Netherlands. So I need every bit of detail about him I can find so I can be sure I’ve got the right Salomon Mulder in any records I may find.
My grandfather’s death certificate gives the names of his parents: Salomon Mulder and Adriana Versloot. His personal record card also gives information about his parents. His parents are named as Salomon Mulder, born 28 november 1900 in Leiden, and Adriana Versloot, born 22 february 1905 in Hillegersberg. Then I have the personal card of Salomon Mulder, born 28 November 1900 in Leiden, which lists his first wife as Adriana Versloot, born 22 February 1905 in Hillegersberg. It also lists Klaas Mulder as his son. The birthdate of my grandfather is correct, as is the marriage date and the name of my grandmother, who is listed as his spouse on this card. Because these details all match, I can be certain that this personal record card is indeed of my great-grandfather Salomon Mulder.
That’s where it gets interesting, because this personal record card holds a lot of information. Salomon Mulder is born on 28 November 1900 in Leiden. His parents are Wilhelmus Johannes Bonifacius Mulder, born 14 May 1878 in Leiden, and Johanna van Wezel, born 31 January 1879 in Leiden. Salomon’s profession is listed as a sergeant in the marines, then retired, then an insurance agent (which is a detail I never noticed before and new to me), and the last entry is that he is without a profession.
According to this record he was married two times, which fits with the information I received from my grandmother. His first wife was Adriana Versloot, born 22 February 1905 in Hillegersberg. He married her on 26 October 1921 in Rotterdam. Adriana died on 24 May 1945 in Semarang, in the Dutch East Indies. I wrote a bit about her here. During his marriage with Adriana, three children were born. A daughter, Johanna Mulder, born 13 December 1924 in Rotterdam. Then my grandfather, who was born in 1927 in Den Helder. And then another son. Salomon remarries in 1946. His three stepchildren are also recorded on this card.
Salomon Mulder died on 15 May 1986 in Leiden. Aside from all of this information, there is also a list of 17 addresses, with the first one in the list being in Den Helder and moved there sometime before 28 February 1936, when he is recorded as moving to Rotterdam.
That’s a lot of information for one record, and it certainly is enough to positively identify him in other records. While I do have two other records of him at home – photocopies of his military record and a print-out of his Japanese POW card – these two record each have their own set of problems. I’ll discuss them in a separate post.
On my to do list right now is to see if I can find the evidence of the death of Salomon’s second wife and his youngest son. If I find the evidence, I will edit this post to show more information. For now, I am turning my attention to verifying the birth and marriage date and place of Salomon Mulder in the civil registration records. His death record in the civil registration is not public yet, and won’t be until 2036. However, I can look at possible newspaper messages as another source for his death.
- Civil Registration (Leiden, Zuid-Holland), extract of death record of Klaas Mulder, died Voorschoten 23 April 2003; privately held by J. Mulder.
- “Nationaal Register Overledenen” [National Register Deceased], personal record card of Klaas Mulder, born Den Helder 11 October 1927, died Voorschoten 23 April 2003; Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie; photocopy provided via mail.
- “Nationaal Register Overledenen” [National Register Deceased], personal record card of Salomon Mulder, born Leiden 28 November 1900 died Leiden 15 May 1986; Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie; photocopy provided via mail.
- Johanna Mulder passed away on 10 February 2011. This is personal knowledge, as I attended her funeral.
- While as far as we know he has passed away, I do not have any definitive evidence of that as of yet, so I will not post any information about him online at this time. In the course of my research, should I get this evidence, I will edit this post to show more information.
- While as far as I know his second wife has passed away, I do not have any definitive evidence of that as of yet, so I will not post any information about her online at this time. In the course of my research, should I get this evidence, I will edit this post to show more information.
Thanks to Yvette Hoitink, who not only inspired me to shore up my research on the Mulder line with her posts about the possible ancestral line back to Eleanor of Aquitaine she has, but also gives great examples of source citations in those posts. They greatly help me when I am creating my own source citations.
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