Selle website is divided into several major sections, which can be
reached by clicking one of the tabs at the top of each page.
Each major section is described briefly below. Within each
section there are numerous web pages, which can be opened by using
the links found in the left margin. Most of the website
content is presented in both English and Dutch. To change from
one language to the other, simply click the flag in the upper left
corner of each page. You will go directly to the same page in
the other language.
A “What’s New” page describes the latest additions and updates to the
website, so that returning visitors can easily determine what has been changed
since their last visit. A "Search Page" allows a website user to quickly
search for a word, phrase, or name anywhere within the Te Selle website. A
"Feedback" page welcomes visitors to give us their comments, ideas, and
constructive criticism about the website. Finally, there is a page "About Us",
describing some of the people who have contributed to the creation of the Te
Selle Chronicle, Genealogy, and related materials.
The Chronicle describes the Te Selle family origin in the early 1700's in the
small farming community of Winterswijk in Eastern Netherlands.
Various chapters then follow the
emigration of three Te Selle brothers to America. Those three brothers
eventually establish farms in Nebraska, and raise families whose offspring
have dispersed to many parts of the United States.
During the period 1865 - 1911 the three Te Selle brothers who originally
emigrated to the United States wrote several letters back to their family in
Winterswijk. There are 35 of those letters that were saved at the family
residence near Winterswijk. Copies of those letters and the English
translations are available on this website for viewing.
Several family members have contributed documents, photos, letters, and other
memorabilia that help to tell the story of the Te Selle family. This
memorabilia is organized into three separate sections: (1) Historical
Perspective, (2) Personal Memorabilia, and (3) Visits to Winterswijk,
Netherlands. Visit the Memorabilia Section for more information about
This section includes a variety of
photos and images submitted by several family members. The photos are
grouped into various subjects, such as specific people or family groups,
places and structures of interest, family events and reunions, etc.
- Genealogy and Family Tree
The Te Selle family tree is actually quite small and well-documented. All Te
Selle family members trace their roots to Harman Wiggers, who moved from the
Winterswijk farm called "Wiggers" to the nearby farm called "de Selle" about
1712. According to the custom of the day, Harman became "Harman te Selle",
rather than "Harman Wiggers". About that time the local laws and customs
changed so that Harman's descendants retained the surname "te Selle", rather
than adopting the name of any future residence. Because of the uniqueness of
the name "te Selle", it seems clear that everyone named "te Selle" was
descended from Harman te Selle. (Read more about the "te Selle" name and its
origins in the Te Selle Chronicle.)
Several maps show geographical places of significance in the Te Selle
This section includes a bibliography of published materials and links to
websites that may be interesting to the reader.