CKD: Famille Cleenewerck de Kiev | The House of Kiev |



Legacy of Learning: A Family’s Enduring Commitment to Education in Africa In the vast mosaic of global philanthropy, education stands out as a beacon of hope and transformation, particularly in regions like Africa, where access to quality education can dramatically alter the socioeconomic landscape. Among the many contributors to this cause, the story of one […]


Bearing Witness: The Imperative of Remembering the Holocaust In the tapestry of human history, few events have etched as profound a scar on the collective memory of humanity as the Holocaust. This cataclysm, which unfolded during World War II, led to the systematic extermination of six million Jews, alongside countless other victims persecuted for their […]

Contemporary Nobility

Chivalry in the 21st Century: The Timeless Appeal of Knighthood and Nobility In an era marked by rapid technological advancements and shifting societal norms, the ancient ideals of knighthood and nobility might seem like relics of a bygone age. Yet, these concepts continue to hold significant relevance and appeal, especially among young people searching for […]


Harmonious Legacy: A Family’s Century-Long Dedication to Ecclesiastical and Liturgical Music In the tapestry of cultural and artistic endeavors that shape societies, music holds a place of profound significance, with the power to transcend temporal and spatial boundaries. Among the myriad genres and forms, ecclesiastical and liturgical music stand out for their deep-rooted connections to […]


Unraveling Roots: The Importance of Genealogy in Shaping Family Identity and Generational Vision In the intricate tapestry of human history, genealogy serves as the thread that weaves together the past, present, and future of families. This study of lineage and ancestral heritage is more than a mere hobby or a pursuit of curiosity; it is […]


Unearthing the Ancient Ties: Kiev and French Flanders The intricate web of historical connections that bind regions across continents often narrate tales of diplomacy, trade, and cultural exchange. One such lesser-known but fascinating relationship is between Kiev, the heart of medieval Rus’, and the region known as French Flanders, now part of modern-day France. This […]


The enduring bond between many ancient French families, including our own, and the twin pillars of Christianity, the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, is a tale woven through the tapestry of history, faith, and cultural identity. This relationship is not just a matter of religious affiliation, but a profound connection that has shaped the family’s heritage, […]

Lessons from Genealogy

Genealogy may seem like a futile exercise, as Gandalf explains about the decline of Gondor, in the Lord of Rings: The old wisdom born out of the west was forsaken. Kings made tombs more splendid than the houses of the living and counted the old names of their descent dearer than the names of their […]

Other Family Lines

Every human being is the result of countless (but finite) generations of parents, and the number of ancestors is easily computed: 8th generation -200 (years ago) ancestors: 256 9th generation -225 ancestors: 512 10th generation -250 ancestors: 1,024 11th generation -275 ancestors: 2,048 One is almost certain to find “interesting” lines of ancestry, which become […]

The Instructions of St Vladimir II Monomakh to his children

Note: this text is often ascribed to St Vladimir the Great of Kiev; it was in fact written by his great-grandson Vladimir II Monomakh) I, wretched man that I am, named Vasilii at my baptism by my pious and glorious grandsire Iaroslav, but commonly known by my Russian name Vladimir, and surnamed Monomakh by my […]