Lewis WesseliusUnited States
Excellent experience! Jaap did an outstanding job of researching our family ancestry. He arranged for private tours of churches that our ancestors had attended and also researched the locations of homes and farms that had been in our family. I can't say enough about the thoroughness and diligence of his research work. We learned much more about our ancestry than I expected and the tour will be a life-long memory. This tour exceeded our expectations.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Lewis! I will send you the Ancestry Document and Tour Day Document soon. Hope to meet again one day, maybe being able tell you even more about your ancestors. And I sincerely hope that somebody is able to give us more information about the plate you have on your wall, with your 'ancestral home'.
Andy KerryUnited Kingdom
Jaap was an excellent guide for us going "Above and beyond" my expectations. Prior to the trip we exchanged many emails while he fine tuned the itinerary to my requirements. The trip was very specific which involved visiting a Friesian horse stable and for my wife to ride there and Jaaps' local knowledge was invaluable being from Friesland himself. We spent a great day with Jaap and the trip was a great success and lived up to all my expectations but also my wife's. Thanks Jaap all the best for the future
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Andy, thank you for your nice words and great rating. This really was a very special tour, in which I learned a lot too ... about horses. It was fantastic to see Michelle commucating with the Friesians. She was clearly fond of them, and they loved her. I very much enjoyed this day!
Phyllis HallUnited States
Jaap exceeded our expectations in every aspect of our tour. He went above and beyond in preparation for the tour and then made sure we enjoyed every minute and answered every question. I wish there were a way to give him a 10 star rating! Thanks again, Jaap, for a fantastic day in Groningen.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Phyllis, thank you for this very nice rating. It was a great pleasure to tour with you and your sisters through all the places where your ancestors lived. We had a wonderful day!
Eldon DekkengaUnited States
Jaap was wonderful. He was informed, efficient, flexible, eager to help and a very pleasant personality. Eldon Dekkenga
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Eldon. It was a pleasure to visit your 'homegrounds' with you and Julie. I sincerely hope to meet you again in the future.
Evan JellesmaUnited States
Fabulous experience! Jaap's research of our grandfather's history was well beyond of what we expected. Jaap emailed information ahead of time to help us understand who was who in our family history and what motivated many of them to embark on a new life in America. We toured various villages and we enjoyed a wonderful lunch in the town were our grandparents met. Without Jaap's tour we would have missed this unforgettable experience and treasure trove of family history. Highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mike and Evan. I loved researching Mike's interesting ancestry and learned a lot from that myself. And it was wonderful to tour with you. Hope we'll meet again some day.
The tour that Jaap created for us was absolutely perfect. His ability to research ancestral roots uncovered things our family did not even know about. He then created a tour that included incredible experiences linked to the important milestones in our family history. I sincerely appreciate the work that Jaap put into the planning of the tour. It was the best experience I have ever had. We would highly recommend Jaap for your Friesland experience!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your kind words Graham. It was an honor for me to guide you through your rich and interesting Frisian family history.
Stanley ReeseUnited States
Knowledgeable, informative and personable guide made the tour a most enjoyable experience. Introducing us to the local Oranjekoek was a treat.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Stanley, thank you for five stars. It was a great pleasure to guide you and your wife and son. And it was great to find out that the Witte Kat is still alive ....
James SinnemaUnited States
Very informative tour enjoyed by ages 9 - 46.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks again for your rating and comment Jim. It was a great pleasure to do this, with such a nice group. I hope you will have a good time in and around The Hague and during all the rest of your holiday! And I wish you a save flight home next week.
James SinnemaUnited States
This tour was exceptionally interesting and fun for our group of 10,ages 9 - 73.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Jim, Jan and all the others. Thank you for your kind words and very nice rating. Looking forward to seeing you next Thursday.
Laura PowerUnited States
Jaap was a wonderful, informative and patient guide. He provided everything we had asked for and then some more. We were thrilled with the whole day, it could not have gone better. Thank you Jaap and Tours by locals.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Laura and Christina, Thank you for your feedback. It was a great pleasure guiding you, and Herre, the local historian of Berlikum, totally agrees with that. It was amazing in how much detail we could go back in your family history!
Jan Van ProoyenUnited States
Jaap provided a wonderful tour of Groningen, NL and surroundings over two days. He did a large amount of research prior to the trip to align with our specific requests. We had taken five other private tours in Europe this year. This was far and away the best tour of all. He researched our family history, took us to places where our family had lived, and provided wonderful insight into local history. We were very lucky to find such a fine person to teach us about Groningen and the Netherlands.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Jan, thank you very much for your reference. I very much appreciate that. It was a great honor to guide you through our beautiful province and to find you some relatives in Groningen.
Jennifer D.United States
Jaap was a delight to work with. His research on my family history exceeded my expectations. His communication with me was excellent and it was a pleasure to tour with him. Jaap provided history of area that really brought my ancestors stories to light. I learned a lot and enjoyed this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Jennifer, thank you for your very generous feedback. It was a pleasure to dive into your comprehensive Groningen family history, that led us to all corners of the province of Groningen. By doing the research for you and your mother I learned a lot of new things about emigration from Groningen, and about the lives the 'Groningers' led in Chicago. And I really loved the beautiful document of Izebrand Meyer!
Very organized, flexible and accomodating. Communication prior to and during tour easy and friendly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Pat, thank you for your nice feedback. It was fun to drive you and your family members along the borders of Groningen and Friesland, meeting relatives and visiting the places your ancestors have lived, especially Fransum and Kollumerpomp. Visiting the working farm was a wonderful experience. My name may be 'De Boer', but I learned a lot about farming over there in Kommerzijl. Really, Greetje and I had a great day with your nice group.