The scheme is based on the parents of generation XI. In other words, we only took the members of generation X who had children, and from them we worked our way back to Rutger of generation I who once came from Gorinchem to Utrecht. It means that all ancestors are left out who did not have a descendant belonging to generation XI. For example, Abraham Thomasse van Gorkom and Anneke Heijndricx (generation III) had ten children, but only the eldest and youngest are shown as they are the only ones with descendants belonging to generation XI.
Reason to do it this way was twofold. First of all it was absolutely necessary to simplify the tree, otherwise it is impossible to produce an understandable scheme as there are so many side branches. In the second place we assume that most people will be primarily interested in how they relate to other members of the family. In that case we have to take the recent generations as starting point. As our information about generation XI is far more complete, than what we know about generation XII, XIII and XIV, it is safest to go from generation XI.
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