Hello from Iowa,
I’d recommend my cousin, Werner Vols, who does genealogy consulting. With only a few dates on a piece of paper, he was able to trace Terry’s family lineage back to the 16th century & discover that his direct descendants built this amazing ‘castle’ in Ireland - Adare Manor (now a 5 star hotel www.adaremanor.com
If it weren’t for Werner, Terry would have never discovered he was part of the Earls of Dunraven and also be welcomed back ‘to the family home’ this past summer!
We are forever grateful to Werner for helping Terry find some of his long lost family!
Greetings from Iowa!
I am writing to thank you for the amazing work you did on my genealogy! When I asked you to do the research I had no idea how extensive your research would be. The searchable format makes finding people within the document very easy.
I am also grateful that you included the citations. I enjoy membership in lineage societies so knowing where the information comes from is key! Your work is a book in itself
With a grateful heart!
Hello from the US.
I want to thank you for all the hard work you put into my family tree. The Lamiroy branch was impossible task for me due to the barriers beyond my control.
Only an expert of your qualities could accomplish what you did. From the bottom of my heart it was a thrill to see it grow.
We as enthusiasts of our past ancestors, are grateful for people with your love of those ancestors and the compassion to share. I wish you continued health and happiness in your life and mission.
I hope we can continue to stay in touch, share a hint or two and be thankful we crossed paths way beyond the first connection.
I recently came in contact with Werner Vols
When I had a question for him.
The next morning, when I got up, I had a full two pages of names on my computer and they were all my relations.
They weren't about the question I asked. I was floored.
I had no idea who he was then but I do now. I never thought I could go back farther than 1800 in my tree on this family and with his help I was back to 1400. If you need help with your family research he is the go to guy. Yes he did answer my question.I am amazed at what you accomplished in so short a time.
You sent me so much information I had to start looking up about the sizes of our 2 countries and who you were surrounded by.
We have pretty limited access to information,
due to the size of our country and the newness.
Your country is 11,786 square miles and Washington state is 71,362 square miles. The USA is 3.80 million square miles. My ancestors all come from the east coast and I am on the west coast.
So, you in Europe have some advantages over us in that regard. You may have better access to records on your computer also. I don't know just my mind churning around
I want to thank you for all the work you put into my family tree! Questions and stories that have been circulating within the family have now been answered after all these years! Little did I know when I reached out to you that you were an expert and a consultant in the genealogy field.
I was expecting just a few answers that I already had but you came up with so much more and the documents to prove the facts. Our mystery is now solved! Not only did I gain the information but a new cousin in the process. I know now why your name kept popping up in so many of my hints!
I highly recommend your work to anyone who is interested in their past ancestors. Your passion for the subject and your abilities in the field prove your love for your work! I am grateful for your assistance!! Thank you so much!!
I would like to thank you very much for unlocking the many mysteries of my family tree. As a young man, I had spent many hours with my grandfather Louis (Loedwyck), where he would tell me of his life and family in Belgium.
Unfortunately he passed away and I did not write down all the information. I had no knowledge of my grandmother or grandfather's parents. Now, you have not only given me that information, but you were able to take my family tree back even further.
You found facts that were in many languages and where able to translate and present to me in English. I am very grateful for your hard work and would highly recommend your services to anyone.
I cannot thank you enough for the research and information that you were able to provide about my family tree. I had little information regarding my maternal grandfather's lineage since both his parents had died when he was very young.
Not only did you find my great grandmother but many more generations. I would never been able to find my Belgium roots otherwise. Thank you for translating the various documents and explaining the reasons for the different spellings (Latin/French) of the given names.
You brought to life my long lost Berckmoes family and I see a trip to Bassevelde in my future.
Many thanks and appreciation
Werner Vols has helped us with research on our family ancestry. He was also very helpful on finding information on a Canadian family member who fought and was killed in World War I at the battle of Passchendaele The information he found on this was quite detailed and intriguing. We found him to be very responsive always going into detail with any information he could acquire.
Contact and communication throughout was excellent and we would use him again in the future without hesitation.
Deborah and Geoff Cooney
Daniel Alexander Gillis PVT picture at the 100 year remembrance
I met Werner on Ancestry.com and he kindly offered to translate a couple of documents for me from Flemish to English. He was really fast and sent them the next day.
He was also able to add a couple of generations to my great great grandmother's line which I thought could not be done. I will definitely hire Werner in the future.
It's clear that he knows what he is doing and has passion for it. He is a professional. We are also distantly related!
Werner was able to collect documents for hundreds of my ancestors and cousins, located in Belgium, France, and Canada, back over 400 years in some cases.
He has solved questions that have been lingering in my family for generations and has helped bring the family closer together.
Working with Werner will get you more than just a "tree". He will provide for you a genealogical experience.
It really means a lot to me and all of the family, all you have helped me accomplish. Thank you very much Werner!
Chris Heart Canada
Werner Vols is instrumental in helping me with my family ancestry.
He researches extensively to connect people and answers all my questions.As he is researching,
Werner stays connected to let you know his progress. Since all the papers and documents Werner researches are in French or Flemish (which I do not know),
Werner translates all information into English which is extremely helpful and important.
Werner has been such a help with my ancestry research over this past year. Not only has he helped me with my own family history, but he has also helped me understand the history of the cities of which they lived.
His knowledge of the meanings of their names and the differences between my Belgium born ancestors and my American born ancestors is invaluable. He has made my research so much easier and way more interesting then I could have imagined.
Thank you, Werner, for sharing your knowledge with me.
At one of my sessions that I gave about genealogy I met a lady Diane De Keyser we shared information about foundlings true the century's and those of well-known people. She recently wrote a book, and a mentioning is always nice.
Many thanks to you for your expertise and ability to find the connections that we would have never been able to make. The one branch of our family tree was stalled at our great-grandparents.
In a short time, you were able to build that branch to add many ancestors (e.g., 8th & 9th generation in the 1500s); and some to the 15th & 16th generation!!
I can't wait to share your work with our extended family. I mentioned to you on the phone that many of my brothers, sisters and cousins have maintained a strong connection to their Belgian heritage (and have traveled there), however your work to build out our family tree will allow us to visualize our common ancestry and how/where they may have lived in Flanders & the Netherlands.
Personally, I will enjoy studying what life would have been like to live, travel and for some, to settle in a new area.
You definitely exceeded our expectations with regards to what you were able to find. I appreciate that you seemed as excited as we were to find something unique and would call to discuss with us.
You certainly are very good at what you do and highly recommend you to others.
David Verbeke (USA-Pennsylvania)
You have brought our family ancestry and lineage literally "out of the dark ages- and into the light of today".
Earlier this year, in the middle of the pandemic, I was having difficulty finding anything on my Verbeke surname beyond my Grandfather Victor born 1885 in Belgium. Luckily, I saw your name in other family trees and wrote to you. Right away, you found my Great Grandfather Carolus. Once you were on the case, you took the Verbeke line, men and women alike, back to the late 1500's,as far as the paper trail allows.
We then asked you to translate the many "acts" which provide the "proof" of relationships, births, baptisms, and marriages. This you did with expertise and translated into English, the Flemish, French and even Latin originals. These 'acts' will be treasured for generations and will provide insight into who our forbearers were and how they lived.
You kept going and traced my wife lineage from the Europe to Pre- Colonial America revealing several family's that were the founders and early settlers of towns in Connecticut and New York. Very amazing.
Last, and certainly not least, you documented our Moms side back to the Kings and Queens of England, and more!!
I highly recommend Werner Vols for your genealogy search. Werner is an expert in the field. and who knows, you may find out you are related to Werner too! We are cousins
Your New Cousin,
Victor M. Verbeke, USA
Today I received a message from a friend.
I helped him some time ago and yesterday.
He wrote ...
Attached here is what was recently published in the publication of the Genealogical Society of Flemish Americans. I intended to say that he received a commendation from the Pope but must have forgotten. The publication is called Flemish American Heritage and is published 3 times per year.
The van Poelvoorde family is a West Flemish family that originally owned the seigniory of Poelvoorde in Wingene near Tielt.
The first lord was crusader Lambertus, mentioned in letters written by Count Baldwin IX of Flanders in February 1204, after his successful installation as emperor of the Latin Empire of Constantinople. In those letters he mentions nine Flemish noblemen in his immediate entourage as homines nostri, including Lambertus de Polvorde.
Lambrecht van Poelvoorde returned from Constantinople in 1205 and took possession of his lordship. His son received the hereditary function of buticularius (butler) at the court of the count of Flanders, according to E. Warlop.
His descendants retained this position until in 1351 Olivier van Poelvoorde was allowed to marry Maria van Vlaanderen, an illegitimate daughter of Louis II of Nevers, at the castle of Male.
From this height, the gradual decline of the Poelvoorde dynasty began. Olivier went into debt to maintain a princely estate.
According to Jo Patteeuw, the Poelvoorde seigniory was not profitable and was eventually sold to the knight Jacob Adornes (1523-1572), bailiff of the Oudburg castellany.
Thanks Michael Christiaens