Sieders: “These registers are not available digitally, if you want to consult them you must ask us for one.”
Gray cabinets under neon lighting
We go down with the elevator and arrive on floor -2 in a room with many gray cupboards and neon lighting. Sieders: “This space is not open to the public, but we are making an exception for RTV Drenthe. To find the lottery data of my grandfathers, I need to know when they were born and in which municipality they lived My only grandfather Hendrik Sieders was from 1915 and my maternal grandfather Hendrik Wessel Drent from 1909. So I have to pull out the 1935 and 1929 print books. “The years when Ferry’s grandfathers turned 20 years old. . They were both from Hoogeveen.
Sieders deliberately walks into a hallway between two cupboard walls and pulls out a heavy, flat box: “Lift it! Heavy. He carries the box to the counter. “Look here, it’s: ‘Alphabetical Register of Military Service Enrollments’. It was registered at the municipal level and forwarded to the Governor of Drenthe.”
He flips through the big book: “Rolde, I’m too far away, back to St. van Hoogeveen.” Too far still, but now with the last names: “I’m at Z. Zomer, Zuidema, Zwiggelaar … back … Sieders … we need it.” It is there in sharp writing: Hendrik Sieders. Lot number 63. Primary education and agricultural school, graduate. “
02/07 Drenthe Then Podcast archive for dummies parts 5 and 6
A sturdy little man
Ferry Sieders: “He didn’t want to be exempted from military service, I read here. He was 1.63 but weighed 74 kilograms, a sturdy little fellow! Approved. He wanted to join the cavalry. He had something to do with it. horses, apparently. I have that. also sometimes heard in the family … It is also said here when he took leave because he had to work on the farm, but I also read here: no more objections, so he liked! unknown details about my grandfather. Good. This is information that gives more shape to a relatively unknown person. “
Some names are crossed out with a red diagonal stripe. Sieders: “It means unfit for military service. Like this, for example.” It indicates a name crossed out in the middle of a page. “Too small! 4 feet tall, yes it won’t really stop.” Sieders’ maternal grandfather, Hendrik Wessel Drent also has a diagonal stripe. Sieders: “With code 263. It was something with the knee. It was a reason to disapprove of someone. I can always ask my aunts what was wrong with his knee, the living records say, it is also very precious … “
Drenthe Then and Podcast
Archive for Dummies is the result of a collaboration between Drents Archive and RTV Drenthe. Episodes 5 and 6 of the Archive for Dummies course will air on February 14 and 21 on the Drenthe Toen radio show, between 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., and can then be heard via the podcast and missed. Each week a new Archive for Dummies instructional video can be viewed on the Drents Archive Facebook page.