Sunday, January 8, 2012
Happy 177th B-day Thijs Lazes van Gunst!
177 years ago today, on 8 Jan 1835, my 3 Great Grandfather Thijs Lazes van Gunst was born in Idsegahuizum, which is a small town in Friesland, in the Netherlands. His name could either be spelled Thys or Thijs. As you can see in the birth record, the name Thys is actually spelled with 2 dots on top of the y like this: Thÿs. So I don't know which one is correct, or maybe they both are. Here is an article on Wikipedia that explains the diagraph of IJ in more detail. The only thing I do know is that the pronunciation of the name Thÿs is like this - Tice.