This is going to be a very short post this week. Unfortunately, like lots of women in people’s family trees, I know very little about my maternal great-grandmother. In fact, most of what I do know about her comes from a solitary photo of her tombstone.
According to the tombstone, Magdalena was born in the town of Slappeterp, Menaldumadeel, Friesland, Netherlands on 26 Nov 1863. She was 88 years old when she died on 01 Nov 1952 in the town of Berlikum, Friesland, Netherlands.
The tombstone is a gorgeous, tall stone with the inscription of “RUSTPLAATS VAN ONZE GEFIEFDE OUDERS” at the top. This translates to English as “resting place of our beloved parents.”
My Aunt Lena had this image among others that she inherited after her mother Etta Berendine (Pauw) Westra passed away.
I did find a marriage record for Jan Westra and Magdalena Terpstra confirming that Jan and Magdalena were married on 20 May 1886 in the town of Menaldum, Menaldumadeel, Friesland, Netherlands.
My next steps for getting to know Magdalena a little better are to locate her birth and death records. It’s on my list!
 Jan M. Westra and Magdalena Terpstra marker; photo supplied by Westra family member, March 2010
 “Genlias.” Database. Jan Westra and Magdalena Terpstra. Genlias.nl. http://www. genlias.nl : 1999.