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Direct, indirect, and negative evidence

In genealogy, we may have direct, indirect, and negative evidence for research questions. Direct evidence is like a light that shines on the possible answer. It answers the research question directly, though the answer may be partial or even incorrect. Indirect evidence is like a light that hits a mirror before it shines on the […]

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Dutch Genealogy News for December 2021

This is an overview of the new website projects, and other news announced last month. Sources Over 250,000 newspapers were added to Delpher, including many regional newspapers. The guild records of Breda are now available via the Breda City Archives website. Search for gilde*  to get an overview of all the guild records. Then click […]

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Records that became public in 2022

Happy New Year everybody! Many records become public after 20, 25, 50, 75, or 100 years. Here is an overview of some of the records that became public as of 1 January 2022. Exceptions may exist for records that involve people that could still be alive. Just because records are public does not mean they […]

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Top 10 posts for 2021

I continued my streak in 2021, writing at least two blog posts per week. These were the ten most popular blog posts this year. Interestingly, four of the articles are from 2005, when I started this blog. I wrote several articles that I thought would help people, and apparently they still do. Only one of […]

Dutch Genealogy News for November 2021

This is an overview of the new website projects, and other news announced last month. Sources Scans of birth, marriage, and death records of Zoetermeer are now available via Alle Zoetermeerders and WieWasWie. The Regionaal Historisch Centrum Vecht en Venen [Regional Historical Center Vecht and Venen] has made the first born digital records that are […]

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Quick tip – Canon of the Netherlands

Historians have compiled a Canon of the Netherlands; a list of fifty canonical events that everyone who is interested in the history of the Netherlands should know. This list was revised last year. The Canon website has the fifty events with background information, which is available in English. Some of the material for students, such […]

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Dutch term – Krijgsraad

Krijgsraad means “court martial.” You may find a reference to a court martial in your ancestor’s military records if they made severe transgressions. If the person was sentenced to a prison sentence, prison records may also refer to the court martial verdict. Court martial records are typically kept in the regional historical center in the […]