Family history is like a quilt, patched together with scraps of memorabilia from the lives of many ancestors. No single scrap tells a person’s whole story, but as we sew the pieces together, a fascinating pattern emerges that gives a sense of what each person might have been like, and how he or she contributed to the family as a whole.
The Te Selle family is excited to share this TeSelle Family website with families and friends who are curious about our family history. We hope that you are interested enough initially to take a brief look around, and that eventually you will be motivated enough to explore further into some historical details of our relatively small family. As you visit the website, we are anxious to share with you many of the family stories and memorabilia that we have collected over the years. We also present some background information about the places and times that influenced the evolution of various family members. We hope that you will share some of your family memorabilia and stories with us as well.
…in America only a few people were aware that the Te Selle family originated from the small country of Holland, nestled in Western Europe between Germany and the North Sea.
The Te Selle family lives mainly in two geographic regions: (1) the eastern part of the Netherlands, near the German border, and (2) widely dispersed over a number of states in the United States of America. For many years the Te Selle family in the Netherlands knew only vaguely that family members had emigrated to America many years ago. Similarly, in America only a few people were aware that the Te Selle family originated from the small country of Holland, nestled in Western Europe between Germany and the North Sea. There were several people who thought that the roots of the Te Selle family tree originated in either Spain or France. It was quite possible that an American TeSelle, serving as a soldier in Germany, had no idea that he was only an hour’s drive from the site of his family’s origin.
Meanwhile, much has changed over the past several years. Independent of each other, the Dutch and American family groups were searching for connections to each other. Now they have found each other and have begun to exchange much information about their ancestry and history. Modern communications and internet technology have increased the frequency of contact between family members, and have facilitated the exchange of information. We are hopeful that this Te Selle family website will further enhance the communication and bonding among the members of our relatively small family.