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Seven ways to find sources on FamilySearch

FamilySearch is a vast website with genealogical information, including many sources for research in the Netherlands. FamilySearch is a free genealogy website, and requires a free registration. Many people are familiar with the website, but don’t realize all the different ways you can find information there. Here are my seven favorite ways to find sources […]

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Dutch Genealogy News for June 2021

This is an overview of new sources, projects, and other news that was announced last month. Sources Village records from Berkel, Enschot and Heukelom (1579-1813), Hilvarenbeek (1392-1810) and Oisterwijk (1390-1814) have been digitized. Scans can be found in the finding aids at the Regionaal Archief Tilburg website (links in blogpost). Cadastral records from Limburg since […]

Best Websites for Old Maps of the Netherlands

I love old maps. They give a snapshot of what the area looked like where my ancestor lived and are great illustrations for publications about my ancestors. Here are some of my favorite places to find old maps. City Atlas of Braun and Hogenberg, 1572 The City Atlas of Braun and Hogenberg covers cities in […]

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Instructor at SLIG Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum!

I am excited to announce that I will be one of the instructors for the Advance Evidence Analysis Practicum at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy this Fall! The practicum is a six-week virtual course, where every week, a new instructor will introduce a case. Students will then work by themselves to solve it, and […]

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WikiTree Challenge – Yvette Hoitink

This is going to be fun. I have been invited for the WikiTree Challenge.¬†WikiTree is a collaborative tree, where everybody contributes their knowledge, like Wikipedia for genealogy. Each week in 2021, a team of WikiTreers is collaborating on the tree of a special genealogy guest star. They want to make their genealogy here more accurate […]

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Quick tip – Open Journals

If you are interested in reading about Dutch history, check out the website Open Journals. It provides open access to several journals, including: BMGN – Low Countries Historical Review Early Modern Low Countries Historical Life Course Studies The Rijksmuseum Bulletin TSEG – The Low Countries Journal of Social and Economic History Articles in these journals […]

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Onnink farm in Winterswijk

Dutch terms – “Huis en erf” and other land uses

In cadastral records and land records, you will often find a description how the land was used. Here are the most common terms. Dutch term English translation armenhuis poorhouse boomgaard orchard bos wood bouwland farmland gemeentehuis town hall hakhout coppiced wood heide heath hooiland hay land huis house huis en erf house and yard/lot kerk […]