Quick tip: Free access to Dutch-American newspapers

Front page of Sheboygan Nieuwsbode

The Royal Library of the Netherlands has a website Historische Kranten [Historical newspapers] that provides free access to historical newspapers. Six Dutch-American newspapers have been added to the site: Sheboygan Nieuwsbode (1849-1861) De Grondwet (1883-1938) De Volksvriend (1892-1938) De Volksstem (1890-1911) Het Oosten … [Read more...]

Dutch term: ondertrouw

people celebrating a wedding

"Ondertrouw" is the event when the banns for a marriage are published. Following the ondertrouw, the marriage is announced three times, at least a week apart (usually on 3 consecutive Sundays). If nobody objects, the marriage is usually performed shortly after the third publication of the banns. Banns were published in the place where the bride and … [Read more...]

Column: virtual repository

handwritten manuscript

"If you go back far enough, everybody is related," is a common quote when you tell people you're into genealogy . That is certainly the case with my father's side of the family tree. I started researching my ancestors over twenty years ago. Pretty soon, I discovered that my paternal grandparents, both from Winterswijk, shared multiple ancestors. … [Read more...]