I am descended from Wybren Tackle Hoogterp. He was my g-g-grandfather. His father's name was Tackle Wybren Hoogterp, and his mother's maiden name was Vanderzee. My grandfather's name was Thomas William Hoogterp. My g-g-grandfather immigrated to the U.S. from the Friesland area in the 1800's. We think he came in through Canada, as there is no record of him at Ellis Island. He came over with his uncle who later changed his last name to Highland. My relatives kept the Hoogterp name.
I am from Texas, but after my marriage 3 years ago, relocated to Belgium (my husband is Flemish). Hopefully I will be able to travel to the Friesland area and meet some of my distant relatives.
I know there are some Hoogterps on the east coast in America, but do not know if they are related to me. All of my Hoogterp relatives live in Texas. The Highland relatives live in the states of Washington and Oregon. Mary Welch-Laheye