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Was Eleanor of Aquitaine my Ancestor? Generation 23 – John II of Brabant

This is the twenty-fourth 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┬álast post, I proved that my nineteenth great-grandfather Jan van Wijfliet, […]

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Celebrating 1,000 Dutch Genealogy Posts!

It blows my mind, but this is the 1,000th post I’ve written for this blog. I started the website in 1993 as a links website, and changed it to a blog in 2005. Some of the early articles I wrote are still among the most popular.   Most popular posts The most popular posts of […]

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Dutch Genealogy News for December 2019

Here is an overview of the new sources, projects, and news about archives that were announced last month. Online sources MyHeritage added an index of notarial records from many different archives in the Netherlands over the period 1600 to 1935. This information was already available on the website of the participating archives and on Open […]

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Dutch Records that became Public on 1 January 2020

Happy New Year everybody! Many records become public after 25, 50, 75, or 100 years. Here is an overview of some of the records that became public as of 1 January 2020. Exceptions may exist for records that involve people that could still be alive. Civil registration records: Birth records from 1919 Marriage records from […]

Born with a Silver Spoon in her Mouth

We all know the expression “born with a silver spoon in your mouth.” But for one little girl from Friesland, this was almost literally the case. When Geertje Gerrits Heslinga was born on 15 December 1742, her parents had a silver spoon made to commemorate the event. The spoon was engraved with her name and […]

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Quick tip – New website Amsterdam City Archives

The Amsterdam City Archives is changing the part of their website to search the finding aids, indexes, and image bank.

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Dutch term – Zoeaaf

A zoeaaf is a zouave, a member of the infantry forces of the Papal states. In the mid 1800s, the Papal states were threatened by forces in Italy who wanted all the states to join under one nation. In 1860, pope Pius IX sent out a call to young unmarried Catholic men to join the […]