Hi cousins, We have our part of the family traced all the way back to Johanne hopping off the boat in the 1750s but I'm wondering about our family over in Germany/Holland. When I was studying in the UK, I had a flatmate from Oldenburg, Germany. She got a kick out of my surname as she said her Grandmother's name was Kiper and that about every person in the area where she lives, is named either Kiper, Kipers, Cuyper, Cuipers, Decuypers, Decuipers, and so on. At some time...WAY WAY back, someone named something that sounds like "Kiper" must have been the lord of all that land as it seems everyone there took his name in some form. Does anyone know anything on the "old country" part of this? Anyone who lives over in Germany or Holland who has established ties to relatives here in the US? Isn't this interesting?
Also, I visited the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam a couple of times and read through the book of all the Dutch who were killed in the camps, Jewish or Christian. It seems we lost a good few of our cousins there whether we knew it or not.