Dear Brian, Sylvia and others. I run the Ferdinand/s/us/usse database on Ferdinandus.com and am stuck on the same couple. Cannot get further back from Aletta Bolthouwer and Johannes Ferdinandus. Cannot find Bolthouwer in any Dutch database under any permutation of the name. This in not too surprising as all national databases not digitised that far back. As for local databases .. where would you start?? The name Ferdinandus however is well known in Holland at the time. I have several possible families in the database. I need to know Johannes's parents though to get me anywhere. Does anybody have a copy of the marriage certificate of Johannes and Aletta ? (2 feb 1755 Dutch Reformed Church Wolvendaal) Any info on the Ferdinand / Ferdinands / Ferdinandus families very welcome.