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Looking for your ancestors from the Netherlands? Yvette Hoitink is a professional genealogist in the Netherlands who does research throughout the country. Read about our services, fees, and example projects or read testimonials by clients like you.

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Ask Yvette – Is my last name Dutch?

One of the questions I get asked frequently in person is whether a certain surname is Dutch. That can be tricky to answer, especially if a name got spelled differently after emigration. To find out where your name comes from requires genealogical research to trace the line that bears the last name back to its […]

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Dutch Genealogy News for September 2021

This is an overview of the new sources, projects, and other news announced last month. Sources The authorization records of Harlingen 1762-1805 [appointments of guardianships] have been imaged and indexed and can be found on AlleFriezen. The town records of Oosterhout in Noord-Brabant 1328-1813 have been scanned. They can be accessed via the finding aid […]

The legal status of women in the Netherlands in 1664

Here are some details about the legal status of women in the Netherlands in 1664, as discussed in a book about Romano-Dutch Law. Legally, there is not much difference between men and unmarried women. [This is how the section of the book on rights of women starts, and then goes on to state several differences!] […]

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Dutch term – Staking

A staking is a strike. Local strikes have been documented since the sixteenth century. Strikes became more common in the twentieth century, when workers were becoming organized. Major strikes include: 1902: Textile strike in Twente (eastern part of Overijssel) 1903: Railway strike 1941: February strike in protest to start of deportation of the Jews by […]

Dutch Genealogy News for August 2021

Here is an overview of the new sources, websites, and news about archives announced last month. Sources Population registers (family cards) of The Hague and Loosduinen for the period 1913-1939 are now available in better quality at the website of the The Hague City Archives. The index was corrected and new full-color scans were made. […]

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Quick tip – Intermediate course on Dutch handwriting

FamilySearch has created an intermediate course for learning how to read Dutch handwriting. In the course, Fritz Juengling discusses strategies and tools for learning how to read Dutch records. The free online course consists of sixteen videos.  

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Dutch term – Dierentuin

A dierentuin is a zoo. The oldest zoo in the Netherlands is Artis in Amsterdam, founded in 1838.