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The couple moved into an apartment in downtown Albany, New York, where they stayed for several years until purchasing a plot of land on the outskirts of the city. Over the years, Elizabeth gave birth to eight children, seven of whom lived to adulthood. Incidentally, I am named after last-born baby Helena, who died in infancy.
You can learn more about the VandenBerghs' early life in America in this article from the Albany Times Union, published in September 2009, during the quadricentennial year of Henry Hudson's historical trip up the river that now bears his name.
Over the years, my Mom and her siblings kept in touch with relatives in the Netherlands by means of light blue airmail one-page fold-ups. My siblings and I have tried to keep up the tradition, but now we communicate with second and third cousins in the Netherlands via email and Facebook. We recently had the wonderful opportunity to travel to the Netherlands and meet up with a dozen cousins from both sides of the family -- the Daams and the VandenBerghs.
Watch this site for more coming soon about our centennial voyage to the homeland!