About the Brouwer Genealogy Database
The Brouwer Genealogy Database (BGD) is intended as a tool to be used by anyone interested in the genealogy of the various Brouwer-Brower-Brewer families, or for anyone who simply wants to discover their own direct line of ancestry to some Brouwer-Brower-Brewer family. The database is NOT a final product, at least not in the way you might consider a compiled, published genealogy to be one. The intention is for researchers to use the information they find on this site, which is generously referenced, as a guide to discovering more about their ancestors. Researchers are encouraged to follow up and check the sources themselves, to analyze what they find, and to come to their own conclusions which may or may not agree with my own.
The database is an accumulation of all of the information I have thus far gathered regarding the many various Brouwer-Brower-Brewer families I have researched over the past seven or so years. I use the BGD myself as an online notebook. It allows me quick and easy access to my genealogy notes from any location where I can access a computer. I don’t have to carry around pages and files of notes, and if I’m at a library and need something I don’t have with me, I can find it online at the BGD.
The BGD is created in the following way. All info and
notes I have gathered is entered into my genealogy program. The program I use
is The Master Genealogist (
Once all the data is entered into
The data found at the Brouwer Genealogy Database is
presented in a Family Pages format. So those looking for a “Register Style”
format will not find it. The purpose of the BGD, as stated above, is for it to
act as an online notebook, not a finished genealogy as the “Register Style” in
itself implies. I personally believe that for ongoing research the Family Page
(or Family Group Sheet as old time paper age genealogists might call it) is the
best way to present ongoing, and changeable research.
The Register Style implies a completed genealogy. It’s
numbering system is cumbersome to edit whenever new descendants are discovered
or proven not to belong where they were originally placed. Family Pages can be
easily moved about when needed. Think of them as building blocks. The Family
Page format is also similar to the format used by Ancetsry.com’s
World Connect Project, which many may be familiar with as it is often a place
where people go when just starting to explore their family ancestry. The major
difference though is that the Brouwer Genealogy Database, because it was
Each note found on the BGD has a source citation. The sources used represent a very wide range, from those that would be accepted as evidence for publication in a leading genealogical journal, to those that can be considered as nothing more than tradition or even rumor. It is up to each user of the BGD to seek out and consult the original source cited for themselves before considering whether or not to accept its validity
The Database was launched with the first three
generations of descendants of Adam Brouwer, Jan Brouwer and Willem Brouwer, as
well as with some related families, in particular the large family of Adam Brouwer’s wife, Magdalena Verdon (her mother was married
three times and had children by all three marriages). Over time I will be
adding further generations to each of the three, direct lines of descent to
near present day descendants found by both my own research, lines contributed
by others, and by the pedigrees submitted to the Brewer
There is no charge for access to this database, and I am of the firm belief that all genealogical research should be shared freely and openly (and the web is the obvious place to do that). After all, it’s not doing anyone a whole lot of good just sitting at home in your computer or in a file box. My only request is that when you do you the information found here, you cite the source (The Brouwer Genealogy Database) properly, and that you use it for personal, non-commercial use only.
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