A short history of the Pheifer family from Friesland

Durk Pheifer and his wife Ybeltje Heeringa (ca 1860)

Below you’ll find a link to documents that describe the history of the Pheifer family from the province of Friesland in the Netherlands.

We are all descendants of Matthis Pfeiffer (1599) from Aschersleben in Eastern Germany.

His great grandson Daniël Pfeiffer emigrated in 1732 to the province of Friesland in the Netherlands. Daniël Pfeiffer’s grandson Daniël Johannes, the forefather of all present day Pheifer’s, registered his name in 1812 as Pheiffer (even though he himself wrote his name as Peiffer). Later Pheiffer’s dropped another f.

Daniël Johannes’s descendants now have different branches in the Netherlands (Leeuwarden, Eindhoven, Groningen and Sneek),  in the USA and in Australia.

The history of the family is written in a pdf-document. It contains short stories per generation and charts of descendants. The document has a layout so, if you take the file to a copy shop to print, it makes a nice double paged little book.

A separate pdf-document provides the full chart of 12 generation descendants of Matthis Pfeiffer, but for some families even 14 generations

Click this link to download the Zip file with the 2 documents.

Available pictures have been published in picture albums per family branch in pdf documents. Download here.

Harke Pheifer (1920-2006)

All the information about our family was gathered by my father Harke Pheifer. It took him more than 20 years, during which he visited many new found American relatives.

As extra information on  Pheifer.info  the family trees are given of related families.

These are: the Keuning family from Drachten, the Boonstra family from Drachten and the van der Meulen family from Dokkum. There is a web photo album of the Keuning-Boonstra family from Drachten.

Download the pdf/file : Keuning family

Download the pdf/file : Boonstra family

Download the pdf/file : van der Meulen family

Link : Web photo album Keuning family

I hope this information can provide you with links to your own family!

Web editor Jack Pheifer

Web editor Jack Pheifer

Mail adress: jack@pheifer.info