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Was Eleanor of Aquitaine my Ancestor? Generation 19 – Willem van Wijfliet

This is the twentieth post in a series about my possible line of descent from Eleanor of Aquitaine. In the first post, I explained how I discovered the possible line, and how I am going to verify it one generation at a time. In the last post, I proved that my fifteenth great-grandmother Johanna van Wijfliet […]

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MyHeritage live 2019

Quick tip – Get tickets for MyHeritage Live

MyHeritage Live will be held in Amsterdam from 6 to 8 September 2019. Yvette Hoitink will be speaking there about Dutch genealogy. Get your tickets now. You can also enter the contest to win free tickets and a free stay.

Dutch Genealogy News for May 2019

Here is an overview of the new sources, projects, and news about archives that were announced last month. Online sources World War II records from all over West Europe are now available at the Arolsen Archives website. After World War II, the Red Cross got the task of determining what had happened to all the […]

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Ask Yvette – How to Organize Files for Dutch Ancestors

A reader was used to organizing her files by last name. Before 1811 her Dutch ancestors did not have last names but used patronymics, which made it difficult to see which files belonged to which line. She asked me how to organize files for people who did not use last names. I thought it might […]

Was Eleanor of Aquitaine my Ancestor? Generation 18 – Johanna van Wijfliet

This is the nineteenth post in a series about my possible line of descent from Eleanor of Aquitaine. In the first post, I explained how I discovered the possible line, and how I am going to verify it one generation at a time. In the last post, I proved that my fourteenth great-grandmother Barbara Willems Pijlijser […]

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Quick tip – Follow up in other records

When we find our ancestor in one record, we can often use it as a stepping stone to finding other records. The record can be like a loose thread to unravel a greater yarn. Here are some examples: A marriage record may have a note in the margin about a divorce. It should name the […]

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Dutch term – IJzergieterij

An ijzergieterij is an iron foundry. Especially during the industrial revolution in the 1800s, iron and steel became an important building material and ingredient for many items. The first foundry started in 1689, to supply arms to the army. By the late 1800s, dozens of foundries operated throughout the Netherlands. They were essential to the development […]