Looking for prostitutes

Sagging bed in an attic

Last week, I went looking for prostitutes. Dead ones. Found them too. Now that I have your attention, let me explain how this came about. … [Read more...]

Quick tip – test the new Brabant archives website

Front page of the new BHIC website

Christian van der Ven, archivist at the Brabant Historical Information Center, just commented on this week's column. He revealed that they are working on a new website, which is now available as a beta. The new website already contains more genealogical sources than the old, so it's well worth a test drive. Check the 'Mijn stamboom' [my family … [Read more...]

Dutch term: Louwmaand


Louwmaand is the old name for January. The origin of the word¬†louw is unknown. … [Read more...]

Column: for granted

Border crossing Enschede-Gronau

The other day, I was fortunate to discover that two resources that I needed for my research were put online. The Tilburg Regional Archives put up the population registers of Terheijden, a town where some of my maternal ancestors come from. Shortly afterwards, I noticed that the Gelderland Archives put the death duties files online, which allowed me … [Read more...]

Quick tip: resolutions for 2014

Firemen eating 'oliebollen'

Happy 2014 everybody! Here are some suggestions for resolutions for this year that will help you with your Dutch research. Come visit the Netherlands and see where your ancestors lived Learn Dutch and understand the records. The Dutch Terms section of this site has some basic terms to get you started. Learn to use Dutch websites … [Read more...]