1954 our father Johan Gigengack (1933 - 1976) published
the book 'Geschiedenis van het Geslacht Gigengack' (History
of the Gigengack Family). For this purpose he of course
did a lot of research, which he largely could do from
the Netherlands. A trip of more than 1000 kilometers
by moped (!) into Germany, together with his cousin
Ben Gigengack, was also part of the investigation. They
drove all the way to Duderstad where they got a good
impression of the circumstances under which our forefathers
had lived. At that time it wasn't possible to go further,
across the border of East Germany (D.D.R.). Later on
Johan Gigengack was able to add some information from sources in
Thüringen (Germany) and he worked out a more complete
Family Tree in 1972. The book and the Family Tree that
resulted from his work were and still are appreciated
by many family members.
We think this great initiative to document the history
of our family should get a follow up. The medium internet
is perfect: the site is traceable and reachable all
over the world, visitors can react and send information
and it's easy for us to add or change information if
It is our intention to publish a summary of the family
history and the family trees in the next months. Your
information thereby is indispensable for us. Please
don't hesitate to contact us with your corrections and
We hope to please many with this site!
Also see: the Johan Gigengack website (in Dutch).
Erik and Frank Gigengack,
Hengelo (Ov.), the Netherlands, August 2003.