Born in November 1944 in Gorinchem. After having finished highschool he went to the Highschool of Navigation in Amsterdam. In the period between 1962-1975 he sailed the world oceans being a nautic officer.
In the end of the 80's he became interested in genealogy and together with some relatives he worked to chart the Verwa(a)ijen familytree. He started his research concerning the Jewish branch of the Sanders family originating in Gouda, also mapping Jewish Gouda.
Together with his friend Margriet he lives in a small village near s'Hertogenbosch.