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Albertus and Christina:
The Van Raalte Family, Home and Roots

Elton J. Bruins, Karen G. Schakel, Sara Fredrickson Simmons, and Marie Zingle

This volume records for the first time a fully documented family history and genealogy of the primary leader of Dutch immigration to western Michigan, Albertus C. Van Raalte, and his wife, Christina de Moen. Beginning with a brief biographical sketch of their lives, the book then traces Albertus and Christina’s ancestors and tells the story of each of their seven children who lived to adulthood and their respective descendants. Fully documented and filled with photographs of the Van Raalte family and homestead, Albertus and Christina will be a welcome source for anyone interested in the story of the pioneering family or in the history of western Michigan. Published by William B. Eerdmans, the book will be released at the end of 2003.