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farmer's wedding

Source – Publication of the banns

In the Netherlands, you have to go in “ondertrouw” before you get married. This means that the banns are read, giving everyone in the community a chance to object to the marriage. In the period before the introduction of the civil registration, church records are the most important source of vital information. Many churches recorded Continue reading →

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Dutch Records That Just Became Public

2017 has arrived, and that means that many records have become public. Many records are closed for 25, 50, 75, or 100 years. Records that can now be consulted include: Birth records of people born in 1916 (hi, grandma!) Marriage records of people married in 1941  Death records of people who died in 1966.  Court and notarial Continue reading →

New Year’s Eve in 1880

New Year’s Eve, 1880. My second great-grandfather Cornelis Flooren visited the house of his elderly parents. Some neighbors were there too. They were drinking away the old year and things started to get rowdy. One of the neighbors started calling girls names, and then insulted Cornelis’ mother. Big mistake. Cornelis got angry. Sitting next to the fireplace, Continue reading →

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Looking back on 2016

Where has 2016 gone already?! My year was off to a great start in January, when I attended the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Board meeting of the Association of Professional Genealogists. I met many amazing friends, some of whom I already knew online. They made me feel so welcome. While in Salt Continue reading →

Couple in traditional costume carrying a Christmas tree

Christmas in the Netherlands

Here are some of my favorite photos of Christmas in the Netherlands, from the collection of the National Archives in the Netherlands (CC-BY). You can click through to see the photos on the National Archives website. To all of you who celebrate Christmas this weekend: Merry Christmas!

Tip of the week

priest baptizing a child

Quick tip – How to Find out Which Church Records Survive

Church records of baptisms, marriages, and burials are among the most popular genealogical sources to use. If you can’t find a record, how do you know if the records don’t exist anymore, or if you simply haven’t found the person? In 1981, a book was published to help researchers, the Repertorium DTB. For each town, it lists the Continue reading →

Term of the week

army crossing a frozen river

Dutch term – IJzen

IJzen means to break the ice. During wartime, the ice in the moats around fortified towns had to be broken up, to prevent hostile forces from walking over the moat to take the town. Sometimes, ijzen was the obligation of the citizens of the town, or of specific farmers in the area who rented the Continue reading →