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The next battleground for commercial genealogy: The Netherlands?

[Dutch translation below / Zie onderaan voor Nederlandse vertaling] My Heritage just announced a strategic partnership with two major players in the Dutch Genealogy community: Aldfaer and Coret Genealogie. Aldfaer is Windows software to manage your family tree that is available as freeware. Coret Genealogie provides several online services dedicated to Dutch genealogy including Stamboom Forum [Genealogy Continue reading →

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Manning the APG booth at Who Do You Think You Are? Live! in Glasgow, August 2014.

First Dutch Director of Association of Professional Genealogists

I am so honored to announce that I have been elected as a Director of the Association of Professional Genealogists. I will join the Board of Directors in January and will serve a two-year term. It is quite astonishing to think how many people voted for me, since I only joined APG two years ago. I Continue reading →

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Time machine – I think we can do it!

I’ve wanted to use a time machine ever since I read Thea Beckman’s Crusade in Jeans when I was ten. In the book, a modern boy is sent back to the Middle Ages and ends up in the children’s crusade where he uses his knowledge of modern medicine, science and geography to help them. Like Dolf in Continue reading →

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Allied soldier hugged by girls.

My Great-Aunt’s Polish Lover

Seventy years ago today, on 29 October 1944, the city of Breda in the Netherlands was liberated by the Polish Panzer Division. For the people of Breda, World War II had come to an end. Everybody was celebrating and girls flocked around the tanks to thank the brave men who had freed them from the Continue reading →

Fragment of a plat map of Clymer, Chautauqua county, New York in 1880, showing several Achterhoek names

Lecture – From the Achterhoek to America

Last week, I gave a lecture about emigration from the Achterhoek to America in the 19th century. I was invited by the historical society of Aalten, Dinxperlo and Wisch, of which I am a member. The interest was overwhelming, they kept having to find more chairs to seat everyone. The Achterhoek is the eastern part Continue reading →

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Quick tip – Pilgrim Archives website

With Thanksgiving coming up in the US, I thought it would be fun to turn your attention to the website Pilgrim Archives. During their stay in Leiden, the Pilgrims left traces in Leiden records. The archives in Leiden got so many questions about these records that they digitized them and made them available online. The “Pilgrims in Documents” Continue reading →

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Newborn baby presented to the father

Dutch term – Vroedvrouw

A vroedvrouw was a midwife. There were also vroedmeesters, doctors specialized in helping women deliver children. The midwife was responsible for more than just seeing the mother and the child safely through the birth. In the case of an unwed mother, she was also urged to press the mother into revealing the name of the father of her child. It Continue reading →