summary of my website, mainly dealing with the genealogy
of the Kaempff family.
contains a few impressions of the Dutch town of Meppel,
where I live, and of Oldemarkt and Giethoorn, villages nearby. The
main issue on this site however is the research on the
history of the Kaempff family. Kaempff was the name of my
grandmother and is of German origin.
The son of the oldest known ancestor was Christiaan Frederik
Kaempff, born on August 18th 1752 in Blankenhain in Thuringia, Germany.
For some unknown reason he left left Germany together with his brother
and mother. We are not sure if that had
something to do with religious motives or the Seven-year
War, around 1763. Christiaan Frederik settled in Amsterdam and
afterwards in Oldemarkt in the Netherlands.
In 1795 there was a revolution in the Netherlands in
order to install a more democratic government. Christiaan
Frederik Kaempff played an active part in this, in the
province of Overijssel. After the mayor of Giethoorn was
removed from office, Christiaan Frederik was installed in
his place until he died in January 1813. He was succeeded
by his son Johan Christiaan Frederik and later on by Frederik Cornelis Theodoor Kaempff.
Because of his profession he left some traces in archives
etc. This is why I'm trying to find out more about him,
his family, the reasons he left Germany for Holland and
so on. I'm also interested if there are still some people
bearing the name Kaempff, either in or outside Germany
and whether they are in some way related to this
Christiaan Frederik Kaempff.
It is of cause possible, that the way this name is
written, has changed during the past centuries.
Please feel free to contact me over e-mail at Wim.de.Vries@Planet.nl if you have any
further information or comments on this website. During
my research this website wille be updated from time to