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Dear Visitor,

English is not my mother tongue.  Most of what we know of the beautiful language of Shakespeare (or was it Edward de Vere?) we learned in or near London in England.

We thought we spoke English fluently. Well, when we started on this translation we found out otherwise:  I needed the dictionary for innumerable terms and expressions.  If corrections are in order or if it's not quite English "as she is spoke today" please do not hesitate:  your comments will be much appreciated and looked into gratefully.

If you have a picture you want me to include, please send us a (high resolution) copy and make sure we can figure out who or what it is, where it fits in, when it was taken and if known the name of the person who took it.

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Thank you for your cooperation and patience.

 

Now if you think you have the answer to one or more of the questions below, or part of the answer or a hint, or a suggestion, please contact us and help us out.  Thank you very much.

  1. We don't have a lot of information on the following Meetjesland towns:
    Belzele
    Bentille
    Doornzele
    Kerkbrugge-Langerbrugge
    If you can help us with some documentation on the history of one of these towns, the origin of its name etc. please contact us.
     
  2. If one of the parents of under age children died, then a list of their goods ("Staat van Goed"  in Dutch) was made and everything was sold.  We call that list of property in this website "estate reckonings" and we wish to express here our gratitude to Mr. William Goodfellow who in a message to us suggested this translation.  Did something similar happen in other countries as well?  Is there an officially recognized English term for this list?
     
  3. In the Catholic Church we have Masses with singing and without.  In Dutch we say "Gezongen" mass, "gezongen" from the verb "zingen" is to sing.  And we have the "gelezen" mass (without singing).  "Gelezen" past participle of "lezen" is to read but also to pray.  What would be the correct terms in English?  A Holy Mass with singing was of course more expensive.  (See Martinus fs Adrianus)
     
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Aalter
Adegem
Assenede
Balgerhoeke
Bassevelde
Bellem
Belzele
Bentille
Boekhoute
Donk
Doornzele
Eeklo
Ertvelde
Evergem
Hansbeke
Kaprijke
Kerkbrugge-Langerbrugge
Kleit
Kluizen
Knesselare
Landegem
Lembeke
Lotenhulle
Lovendegem
Maldegem
Merendree
Middelburg
Nevele
Oosteeklo
Oostwinkel
Overslag
Poeke
Poesele
Rieme
Ronsele
Sleidinge
St.-Jan-in-Eremo
St.-Kruis-Winkel
St.-Laureins
St.-Margriete
St.-Maria-Aalter
Ursel
Vinderhoute
Vosselare
Waarschoot
Wachtebeke
Waterland-Oudeman
Watervliet
Wippelgem
Zelzate
Zomergem