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Europeana and genealogy

Earlier this week, I had my farewell party at the National Archives, where I had worked for 8.5 years as a consultant and project manager in the IT department. I quit my job to focus full-time on my genealogy business. Besides doing client research, I will also be doing consultancy for IT-projects in the heritage Continue reading →

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Marriage announcement of H.J. Kastein and E.J.E. de Monye

Source: Family announcements

In the Netherlands, there has never been a tradition of writing biographical obituaries like you see in countries like the United States. Instead, “familieberichten” [family announcements] simply announce the death of a person. In the 19th century, only more affluent people had a familiebericht placed in the paper. It was usually very short and only Continue reading →

Aalten church. Photo: Yvette Hoitink

Fighting in church

It is rare to find sources that show us the how our ancestors behaved in their every-day lives. Church council minutes can sometimes give us a glimpse. The church council minutes of Aalten are a good example. Church seats In Dutch Reformed Churches, most members had their own seats in the church. They would have Continue reading →

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Becoming a full-time genealogist

For the past several years, I have combined a job as project manager at the National Archives in The Hague with being a freelance genealogist. There are only a few genealogists in the Netherlands who report in English and there are many people of Dutch descent who don’t speak Dutch. As you can imagine, the Continue reading →

Dutch Names

Dutch name: Ten Hoeve

Dutch Names is a new series of videos on Dutch Genealogy, where you can learn how to pronounce a Dutch name and learn about the origins of that name. The first episode features the name Ten Hoeve.┬áDo you want me to feature your Dutch name in a future episode? Please leave a comment. Watch the Continue reading →

Tip of the week

Prayer card of Johanna Buis

Quick tip – Catholic? Check for prayer cards

Were your ancestors Roman-Catholic? After their death, a prayer card (‘bidprentje’) may have been created. This card commemorates the deceased and often gives biographical information like the names of the spouse, date and place of birth and death. Read more about using prayer cards for your research

Term of the week

September. Image credits: Koninklijke Bibliotheek

Dutch term – Herfstmaand

Herfstmaand (literally: Autumn month) is the old word for September.