今早收到一位名叫“Tjabring van Egten”由荷兰寄来的电邮。信中提到他家的迁移，并希望能找到他们在中国的家乡与根源。
我现将这位宗亲的信件原文附上。如果任何宗亲有他们那支的资料请与我联系。你也可以直接给Tjabring van Egten发电邮。不过据他说说，他对中文字认识不多。沟通上可能会有些困难。
Amstelveen, 22 September 2012
I like to ask your help with the search for our Tjan / 曾 ( Zeng) family roots in China. It would be great to find out where our ancestors came from in China in terms of village, county & province. Our family lived for many years in Yogyakarta (1880 -1925) and Semarang (1925-1940) in Indonesia. The family moved from there all over Indonesia and even the rest of the world, like The Netherlands, United States, Canada. Maybe also to Singapore. On a gravestone we found 龍山 ( Long Shan). On the place where you most times find the ancestral village.
The Romanized name for曾 was in the Dutch East Indies: Tjan
For our own research we managed to find out a lot of information which could lead to more information about this family. The oldest know direct family is Tjan Lian Tjoe ( probably spelled like) He was probably from Fujian (Hokkien).
This our family as we know it:
曾 family Tjan from Yogyakarta ( Java) Indonesia
- Around 1850 Tjan Lian Tjoe Generation 5 (great-great-grandparents)
Tjan Lian Tjioe possible spelling: Lian 连，莲，涟，年 Tjioe 周，秋，州，洲，树
Tjan Lian Tjioe had a printing business in Yogyakarta, De Mataramsche Drukkerij
- Around 1880 Tjan Djie Siong ( probably曾如松) Tjan Djie Peek ( for sure 曾如柏) Generation 4 (great-grandparents)
Also a Tjan Loen Tik and a Tjan Loen Wie
On the grave of Tjan Djie Peek we found two big symbols: 龍山 ( Long Shan).
- Around 1900 The sons are called:
曾衡全 Heng Chuan (Jan Hing Tjwan)
曾衡宣 Heng Xuan (Boen?) (Piet Hing Boen)
曾衡蘭 Heng Lan (Victor Hing Lan)
曾衡幾 Heng Ji (Ki) (Adolfus Hing Kie)
曾衡山 Heng San (Henk Hing San)
曾衡旦 Heng Dan (Tan) Karel Hing Tan
曾衡丈 Heng Zhang (Fred Hing Swan)
曾衡岫 Heng Xiu (Siu) Wim Hing Siu
- Around 1950 Example names are Tjan Soe Gie, Tjan Soe Djien, Tjan Soe Houw, Tjan Soe Tjin, Tjan Soe Ging Generation 2 (parents)
- Around 1970 Non Chinese names like Oliver Gunawan Generation 1 (proband). Our generation
We understood that when an overseas Chinese like the family Tjan, he may have sent money back to the village to build a house, school, village gate - this may be recorded by the association. Sometimes, overseas Chinese even pay for an update to the family genealogy book. A published obituary may also have details of his Chinese origins and heritage.
These are the kind of questions we have for your association. Could you provides us with some help in our research for our roots?
Tjabring van Egten
1186 TT Amstelveen