Of the North Sea

My heritage is of the north sea. European history includes settlement on the European coast which includes the North American coast going back thousands of years. The people of the North Sea were violently pushed off North America

My fathers family: Mennonite history

You can find my fathers family history here. They were Russian Mennonites who migrated from the Vistuala delta in what is now Poland, before that they were from the Frisian coast. They were violently persecuted for the Anabaptist beliefs they held as Mennonites and experienced centuries of persecution by the Roman Catholic Church

My Mothers family: Huguenot History

My mothers family were Huguenot from France, they were also violently persecuted by the Roman Catholic church. Key events in Huguenot history include the following events

1533 – John Calvin flees Paris.
1550’s – Calvinism comes to France.
1559 – First Huguenot meetings in Paris.
1560 – Huguenots petition king to end persecution.
1562 – Massacre at Vassy begins the French religious wars
1565 – Huguenot massacre St. John, Florida by Pedro Menendez
1572 – Assassination attempt of Huguenot leader Coligny
1572 – St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre kills 100,000 Huguenots
1585 – Huguenots ordered expelled from France
1593 – Huguenot Henry IV converts to Catholicism to gain the throne
1598 – Edict of Nantes promises protection to Huguenots
1685 – Revocation of the Edict of Nantes leaves Huguenots defenseless; 400,000 flee

You can find my mothers history here

Down Syndrome; My sisters Genocide

You can find my little sisters history here. She was taken from our family and died in a Canadian residential school.