About this blog

My name is Christina Gullickson and I am from Santa Cruz, California. I obtained my Bachelor’s in Journalism from San Jose State University and plan to regularly blog here about delving into my family history. My interest in genealogy was sparked in early 2011 after I had discovered that my sister, Joy-Anna, was pregnant and I started trying to think of what would make a good baby present. What could be better than knowing where you come from?

As I started to build my family tree on Ancestry.com, I came to know more and more about my lineage, stretching back into the 1700s and even the 1500s in some cases. This blog is a way for me to compile and share what I’ve learned with my direct family, far-off cousins, and — most importantly — my beautiful niece, Brecklynn Rose. Also, while I have a lot of facts, I don’t have many stories, and I hope that people will be willing to share their memories through this blog. If you are interested in doing a guest post, please let me know.

Much of my research has been through FamilySearch.org, Ancestry.com, Genlias.nl, and other websites I’ve found where my family tree intersects with others. Where possible, I will link to sources, but if you see one missing and want to know where my information was gathered from, please leave a message in the comments.

Thanks for visiting!

16 comments on “About this blog

  1. That’s really a surprise to discover your website. Here in Holland I’m preparing a biography on poet/literary critic Halbo C. Kool, son of your great-great-grandfather. Since a number of years I am in good contact with his son, who has a beautiful archive on his father. Hope to hear from you!

    • Hi Niels,

      I’m glad then that you stopped by! Halbo sounds like a very interesting man, especially his work in the resistance during the war. I’m happy to hear you’re writing about him, as it is a bit difficult to find good information about him online. Anje Belmon, a descendant of Halbo’s (his granddaughter), has helped me a lot in my ancestry research and has mentioned her uncle, whom you are in contact with. All the best!


  2. Hi Christina,
    please give me you email so I can send you a photograph of our common ancestors which’ll help you date the photograph on your site of my great-grandparents Kool Duijntjer, as well as a letter from Maurits, Ruth and Loes to Willy Kool-Joosten from 1943, of course with a translation.

    All the best


    • Hello Halbo. Surfing around I saw your message and the others as well.
      My mother Rika Puister (born 1905) was working for years at Maison Kool shop in Groningen.
      She told me a lot about ithat time, and If you wish I can tell you about it, but not in English thats is too difficult for me.
      I am 80 years old and live in The Hague.
      Glad to hear from you. Thank you in advance.

      • Mascha, bedankt voor je bericht uit 1917 dat ik eerst vandaag, 16/2/2018, ontving vie Niels Bokhoven uit Utrecht die een biografie over mijn vader Halbo C. Kool schrijft. Verhalen over de winkel en de rol van uw moeder daar lijken mij interessant. Bij u vergeleken ben ik nog piepjong, slechts 75.

        vriendelijke groet

        Halbo Kool

  3. Hi, I’m a member of a facebook group about Beverwijk for a year now. Last week a new member came up. His name is Auke Vlietstra and I guess he is an old bloke (sorry). He knows about Heinrich Swalve and his 2 daughters Bertha and Bien. He also knows about the bakkery on Breestraat downtown Beverwijk. Maybe you can look him up via facebook? Although I’m not sure he speaks english. Greetings, Ad Ruiter Beverwijk Holland.

  4. Hi Christina,
    Nice blog! I just found it, surfing. Of course we are related. Christina Kolle, your grandmothers grandmother (I believe) was a sister of Geertruida Kolle, my great-grandmother.
    I just saw some information on your grandmother Christina.
    If you are interested: I am at the moment looking at an original birth-card, distributed among family just after august 2, 1927. I could send you a copy if you like.
    Have fun, Menne

    • Hi Menne,

      It’s great to hear from you! And thank you. I’m glad you like the blog. I don’t write here as much as I would like, but it’s a long-term project. Would your great-grandmother have been born in 1867? I don’t know anything about her and would love to know what you know and see the bird card. Actually, I don’t know anything, really, about Christina Kolle’s side of the family, other than she spoke the Groningen dialect usually and liked sweets. My email is christinahlg[at]yahoo[dot]com

      Thanks for visiting the blog!


  5. Hi Christina,

    What a surprise to find a familiar name in your blog!
    We are not related, but I have very fond memories of ‘tante Mien’, Wilhelmina van Erp.
    She and my grandfather, Reinier de Vries, were close friends (at an older age). My grandfather was married to Tjitske Siersema, so maybe there is some connection?
    I can send you some pictures of tante Mien, if you like.
    I would love to hear more!
    Best wishes,

    Eti de Vries, the Netherlands

    • Hello Eti,

      Thank you so much for your post. My mom remembers your grandfather was a doctor and a steady, grounded presence in your tante Mien’s life. My mom remembers he was tall and big, slightly slender, wore glasses, was slightly balding, and he loved your tante Mien.

      I would definitely be interested in any photos you have. My email is christinahlg [at] yahoo [dot] com. Thanks again!


  6. Hi Christina, Today I visited your page . I have some remarks to make: “Corenlis” should be “Cornelis”, but more important is that his real name simply was Halbo Kool. (See his birth certificate at .) The C. in both his name and the shop’s name almost certainly refers to the C of Christina Kolle, his wife and actual shop owner. So H.C. Kool was the business name of them both. Probably because only a man was allowed to own a shop in those days.
    Please send me your email address for later contact. A few weeks ago I started writing my biography on Halbo C. Kool, after a number of years doing research.

    • Hi Niels,

      Thank you for catching those misspellings! I think I fixed them both. I’m trying to figure out where I got Halbo “Cornelis” Kool from… I think it was just the C., which if that’s an abbreviation for his wife then I definitely have it wrong. I try to look around a bit more to confirm.

      My email is christinahlg [at] yahoo [dot] com
      Please feel free to reach out to me at any time. I think Cousin Anje and Halbo mentioned you in their correspondence. All the best with your book!


  7. I write this as a family member. You would not now anything about my family.
    In my D-Base you are my 10C1R cousin. But I would like you to thank you for all the information in your blog. Also thanks for the many pictures of your family members.
    I live in Zeerijp , Groningen , Netherlands

    Sorry for my bad English writing

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