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Subject: Help with Limburg history
Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Classification: Query
Surnames: Seelen, Jacobs, Thijssen

I have an ancestor from Venlo, Arnould Seelen (b. 1782 d. 1851). He was married twice, once to my ancestor, Maria Thijssen, and after she died (appears to be in childbirth, 1826), he remarried Petronella Jacobs. I'm very interested in what happened to this family - several members died within about a year of each other, including Petronella, at least four of their children, and at least a couple of children from his first marriage. I'm wondering if there was some historical event (this was around the time of the famine) that might have led to this event, and if there might be historical records anywhere in Venlo/Limburg about it.