|About Albrigt, Albregt, Aalbregt... & Van Kleef
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This site aims to put flesh on the bones of the Albrigt family who arrived in Birmingham at the start of the twentieth century from Holland via Essex and Kent. It was generally believed that the Albrigt's or Albregt's hailed from Germany but data from UK censuses from 1881 through to 1901 appear to disprove this notion. The Aalbregt's of the late 1800s continued to Anglicise the name until 'Albrigt' appeared on general registration data at some point around the First World War. ... Strange however, the skeletons one finds in one's closet! It turns out that our Albrigt's descended not from Hugo Aalbregt (who turns out to be great grandfather Adolphe's adoptive father) but from Johannes Van Kleef and Johanna Van Rooijen. The Van Rooijen's were a wealthy family of Merchants from Rotterdam who possibly helped pay for the passage of Johanna and her 4 youngest children to London after her divorce from Van Kleef (and a possible indiscretion with Hugo perhaps?)