From Rocourt to Roucourt, Recourt and variations

The family tree starts with Dirk van Rockourt (Roucourt, Rokou), who was a citizen of the Halen (Belgium Limbourg) since about 1610. Halen was under control of the Spanish forces, but in the night of July the 10th 1637, soldiers of the Prince of Orange attacked Halen by surprise. Dirk was shot, his house was burnt and the soldiers stole the taxes to improve the dykes at the river Demer. Most likely, his parents lived in Hasselt (Elizabeth de Brabant and Theodricus de Rocourt), and came from Liège. The paternal line may originate from Henri de Rocourt (see coat of arms, 1324).

After residing a short period in Leuven (Belgium), grandson Hendrick (Henricus) moved to the city of Dordrecht in the Netherlands. Hendrik married Cresia (Lucretia) van den Blieck in 1697 and they got 12 children. Grandson Theodorius married Anna Vrancken at Diest in Belgium, became brewer and their Roucourt descendants still reside in Belgium.
From the 17th century until now, descendants of Cresia and Hendrik moved to other regions in the Netherlands and also immigrated to the USA, Germany, France and Belgium. The family name altered into Recourt, Recoert, Rekourt, Rekoert and Rikkoert. Family members became gardener, miller, carpenter, waiter, plumber, goldsmith, estate agent, artist, hotel owner etc.

To learn more on some of the previous and current activities of the family, please click on the stars of the map. To enter the site, click on the “Rocourt” coat of arms near Liège. You may search the website using the Google custom search as displayed. Additional data may be retrieved from the GEDCOM database as published at Genealogie online and Geneanet. A developing Picasa album displays the exact locations of some Recourt ancestors.

Welcome at the website about the ancestry of the Belgian, Dutch, German, American and French family Roucourt, Recourt, Rekoert, Rikkoert, Recoert and Rekourt.   

Latest modifications: December 2014

This website is accompanied by a weblog, which reports latest developments. A number of blogs are preceded by a summary, while DNA related articles are completely in English. The ongoing research on the historical and genetic family roots is also sponsored by Peter Recourt, Florida USA. Additional sponsorships are welcomed. Contact information: info(at) [replace (at) by @]

Geographical location of Z36 cousins


This map shows the earliest known ancestors of those male Y-DNA lines which tested positive for Z36, an SNP under R1b-U152 (green spots). First common ancestor Z36 family at about 2000 BC. The haplogroup most likely proliferated strongly in the Alps region, after which migrations occured. The Rocourt ancestor is shown at Liège. Most closely related cousin Andreas Staudt (1681) lived in Schweinheim-Asschaffenburg in the Frankfurt area (Germany, connected by an orange line). Based on variance analysis, first common ancestor is estimated at 0-500 AD.

Z36+ DNA Haplotype in Europe weergeven op een grotere kaart

Genetic Genealogy, the Recourt Y-chromosome


The Y-chromosome is passed on through the paternal line and changes only slightly through successive generations. In January 2013, DNA analysis has shown that two members of the Recourt family share a similar Y-chromosome. The first common ancestor of the two family members, Hendrik Recourt lived 8 generations ago (Dordrecht, 1724-1793). The “Recourt Y-chromosome” has a presumed Celtic origin (see hereafter).  The aim is to further validate the genetic origin by testing presumed biological Roucourt (Flanders), Rocour and Rocourt (Liège) descendants.

On the origin of R-Z36, Facebook group


Anthrogenica DNA forum

Y chromosomal DNA sequence analysis


In 2013, a major part of the Y chromosome (17,5—20 Mbp) has been DNA sequenced by the company FullGenome Corporation (FGC). This resulted in the identification of the identification of 26 novel point mutations down stream of SNP Z36. In November 2014, a member of the FamilyTree DNA U152 group, apparently shares a downstream SNP called FGC6511. His forefather Andreas Staudt (1681) lived in Schweinheim-Asschaffenburg, which is 40 km South of the Celtic Glauberg hill (see Google maps tot the right, Frankfurt area). We now share a DNA group at the FTDNA U152 group page.