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Dutch Genealogy News for June 2020

Here is an overview of the new sources, projects, and news about archives that were announced last month. Sources The National Archives launched a beta version of their new presentation of archives, which includes millions of new scans. See the blog post for more information and instructions on how to participate. The Rotterdam City Archives […]

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National Archive Launched New Presentation (Beta)

The National Archives just launched the beta version of its new catalog to search and view their records. This happens to be a project I have been working on myself, in the one day per week I do IT projects for archives. I have been managing the migration of 14 million scans from the new […]

Accessing Records that are Not Public Yet

Dutch privacy laws are strict and restrict access to recent records. Sometimes, it may be necessary to consult these records because you are researching a person who was born less than 100 years ago, or because you need your own or your families’ records for legal purposes. I have written an article on how to […]

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Dutch Research that Can (and Can’t) be done Online

People don’t always realize how many Dutch records are already available online. I do most of the research for my own family and for clients online. Even before most archives closed because of corona, I only had to go to the archives a couple of times per year despite being a full-time researcher. Here is […]

Dutch Genealogy News for May 2020

Here is an overview of the new sources, projects, and news about archives that were announced last month. Sources The Drents Archief finished digitizing the notarial records from Drenthe in the 1800s. Some of them are already indexed and can be searched at AlleDrenten. The scans of the unindexed records can be consulted via the […]

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Quick tip – It’s All About the Dash

When we research our ancestors, it’s easy to focus on the vital events. When was a person born, when did they marry, when did they die? If we’re not careful, this reduces our ancestors to names and dates. Take my ancestor Johannes Marijnissen (1806–1844), for example. That dash between his birth and death date represents […]

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Dutch term – Gevangene

A gevangene is a prisoner. Imprisonment as punishment became popular in the 1800s, after corporal punishment was largely abolished. For information about prisoners, see Source – Prison records.