Editor: Lynda Jean Reyst Klema
Among my many roles I am a family historian for the Reyst and Smouter families. I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, USA, and still live within the Metropolitan Detroit area. I am a direct descendent of Dutch immigrants to the United States in the later half of the 1800s. Both of my father’s parents were Dutch. My grandfather was born in the Netherlands, and his family emigrated here when he was about 5 years old. My grandmother was born just months after her family arrived here in Michigan from the Netherlands.
My research into my ancestral past has indicated that all those with the surname of Reyst with roots in Michigan are descendents from the same family tree; we all have the same great-great grandparents. My hope in writing this blog is to both obtain a better understanding of the person behind the name on my family tree and to learn more about the Dutch community in Detroit around the turn of the twentieth century.
So read along and learn with me.