"It is sometimes said that every person dies twice: the
time when he dies, and the second when he is forgotten by the last
survivor from his own time, an old man or woman. Thus a number of the
dead vanish forever when the last living memory of them dies."
-Geert Mak, Amsterdam
Purpose. This site intends to keep memories
tracing the Bustraan family in America back to its roots in the
Netherlands and beyond. And, maybe meet a few more Bustraans. Here
you'll find descendant
lists, a list of all the names
collected thus far, pictures,
and some speculation on the origins
of the family, upon which I really encourage you to comment or
correct. The family
history as documented here will always be incomplete and imprecise.
assistance is solicited. This website is a modest effort to bring our
family together and learn the story.
In America. Two Bustraan cousins (fourth
removed, to be precise) left the Netherlands for America in the late
19th century. In 1891 Cornelis Bustraan (b. 1849) migrated from the
Beveland village of Wemeldinge in the province of Zeeland and
brought his family to Michigan. A year later Adriaan Bustraan (b. 1857)
migrated from Wemeldinge and settled just outside of New York City in
northern New Jersey.
In the Netherlands. By far, today most
Bustraans live in
the Netherlands. The ancestors of Cornelis and Adriaan have been traced
back to Maljaert Bustraan of Kapelle, Zeeland, in the late 1500's. Most
Bustraans still remain in Zeeland, although a few others reside
elsewhere in urbanized Netherlands. Other parts of the family, with
slightly different names, are in Flemish Belgium and France.