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~ Bakker ~





Holland ~ Iowa ~ South Dakota








Welcome…to my Bakker Family Genealogy Home Page.  The focus of this site is the ancestors of my maternal grandfather, Arend Baker.  The primary surnames that I am researching, on my grandfather’s side of the family, are Bakker, Jansen, Jans, Fokkens, Franssen, Gelling and Zwart.  My Dutch ancestors came from Beerta, Finsterwolde, Ganzedijk, Oudedijk, Nieuweschans and the surrounding areas in the Province of Groningen, Holland (The Netherlands).  My great grandparents, Harm and Aaltje Bakker, and seven of their ten children, including my grandfather, immigrated to America from Holland.  Two of their children remained in Holland, and from information on census records, it is believed that another child died in Holland before the family emigrated.  This is their story.  I hope that you will find it interesting and informative.


~ Without documentation, Genealogy is Mythology ~

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I have tried to verify all individuals and information in my Bakker research with documentation, but as this is an ongoing endeavor I cannot promise or guarantee that all facts are 100% correct.  I can only say that I have done my best to be as accurate as possible.  I have not included names of individuals who are only ‘possibly’ connected to my ancestors, but have chosen instead to keep this site as factual as possible.  If you think we may have a family connection, please email me, I would love to hear from you.


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From this home page you will find links to pages with information and photos of the members of my Bakker/Baker ancestral tree.  There are also links to the email addresses of my Bakker cousins and a list of the other family names they are researching in addition to the Bakker line.  There is a link to my personal home page and a link to my cousin Lisa Rex's web site.  Lisa’s site has extensive information on the ancestors of my maternal grandmother, Nellie Torrence Baker.  Please visit my tribute page to Nellie.  I have recently acquired a treasure of old photos, newspaper clippings, letters, personal notes and memorabilia that belonged to my grandmother, some dating back to the mid 1800’s.  As I sort through it all, and document the things that are there, I will be updating this site with additional information and more photos. 




~ Acknowledgements ~


Kathy ~ Pam ~ Lorraine


Thank you for generously sharing your own research and family pictures with me.  Without your contributions I would not be as far along in my own research as I am.  I will try to give credit to your contributions throughout this web site.  Thank you all!


Explosion 2: NEW~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

     Bakker/Torrence GEDCOM

now on RootsWeb



Email Kathy, Pam, Lorraine:


Kathy Johnson

Bakker line + Ter Hark, Rops, Davis, Pritchard, Ney, Cook


Pam Klooster

Bakker line + Klooster, Cuvelier


Lorraine Kintz

Abbas, Friese, Jans, Janssen, Leenders, Leenderts,

Sibrands, Swarts, Vrieze, Zwart

From North Holland: DeGraaf, Dikstraal, Erix, Joffer, Kruijt, Smit

From Germany and Alsace: Berte, Krunbach, Pirmann, Vollmer




Hillechien Leenders Friese Jans

1st cousin of Harm William Bakker

Great Grandmother of Lorraine Kintz




Tribute to Nellie

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Lisa’s Home Page

Torrence, Firth, Briggs, Dawson, Elliott, Bowder

The ancestral line of my maternal grandmother, Nellie Torrence Baker




Barbara’s Family Page




Coming Soon!

Various Documents from The Netherlands and the USA:

 Birth, Death, Marriage,

Census, Ship Manifests, Obituaries, etc., etc.,



The Bakers in WWII



Dedicated to my grandparents,

Arend and Nellie Baker


Thank You for visiting my site.  Please check back from time to time.


Last update 3 January 2002





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