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Column – Digital Correspondence

“National Archivist wants to store emails and WhatsApp messages,” was the headline of the Volkskrant newspaper on 2 January after an interview with National Archivist Marens Engelhard. The records that became public that day were all made of paper, but going forward, digital correspondence also needs to be preserved. Emails of civil servants working on important […]

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Was Eleanor of Aquitaine my Ancestor? Generation 16 – Claesken Peters die Paep

This is the seventeenth post in a series about my possible line of descent from Eleanor of Aquitaine. In the first post, I explained how I discovered the possible line, and how I am going to verify it one generation at a time. In the last post, I proved that my twelfth great-grandmother Barbara Peter Goijaert […]

Dutch Genealogy News for February 2019

Here is an overview of the new sources, projects, and news about archives that were announced last month. Online sources Over 50,000 people from the eastern part of Gelderland have been added to the index of notarial records of the Erfgoedcentrum Achterhoek en Liemers. This includes records from places with high numbers of emigration, such […]

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Was Eleanor of Aquitaine my Ancestor? Generation 15 – Barbara Peter Goijaert Pulskens

This is the sixteenth post in a series about my possible line of descent from Eleanor of Aquitaine. In the first post, I explained how I discovered the possible line, and how I am going to verify it one generation at a time. In the last post, I proved that my eleventh great-grandfather Laureijs Denis Colen […]

MyHeritage live 2019

Yvette Hoitink to speak at MyHeritage Live in Amsterdam, 6-8 September 2019

Great news! MyHeritage just announced they will hold their annual MyHeritage Live conference in Amsterdam this year! I have been invited to give a presentation about Dutch genealogy (specific topic to be announced). There will also be a DNA track and various other presentations about genealogy and MyHeritage. I heard from several people who went […]

Tip of the week

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Quick Tip – Browse the Whole Book

When you’re researching a family, indexes may help you to find the exact record you need. But it can be worthwhile to browse the whole book. Here are some things I learned from browsing the whole book: I’ve found records of my ancestors that I didn’t find in the index, either because the name was […]

Term of the week

Dutch term – J.M. and J.D.

Two abbreviations you may often find in older marriage records are J.M. and J.D. “J.M.” stands for Jonge Man, literally: young man. “J.D.” stands for Jonge Dochter, literally: young daughter. They refer to the marital status of the person, indicating they are single and this is their first marriage. The word jong/young has no relation […]