Dutch term – Sprokkelmaand

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Sprokkelmaand is the old word for February. Literally, it means "wood gathering month." … [Read more...]

New Netherland research guide

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In the 17th century, the Dutch had a colony in the New World that they called Nieuw Nederland (New Netherland). The colonists came from the Netherlands and many other places throughout Europe. Many people with early American roots have New Netherland ancestors.  This guide will give you references to resources to help you trace your New Netherland … [Read more...]

Using Alle Friezen to find your ancestors from Friesland

Marriage record of IJe Hulshoff and Minke de Boer (detail)

If you have ancestors from Friesland, the website Alle Friezen is a must. The website contains indexes and scans of almost all the public records of the civil registration and some population registers as well.  … [Read more...]

Quick tip: WieWasWie now available in English

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WieWasWie (WhoWasWho) is the most comprehensive genealogical database in the Netherlands. Archives in all the provinces participate in this website to publish indexes and sometimes even scans of their records. Up until now, WieWasWie was only available in Dutch but an English version is now available. >>Go to the English version of … [Read more...]

Dutch term – volkstelling

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Volkstelling is the Dutch word for census. The first national census was held in 1795 but some local censuses go back to the 16th century. Between 1830 and 1930, a national census was held every ten years. Since then, there have only been four censuses: 1947, 1956, 1960 and 1971. Since the Dutch government keeps the information about its … [Read more...]

How Software Errors Corrupt Our Trees

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Infographic The article I wrote about major problems with new Dutch records on Ancestry.com sparked some great discussions both here and on several Facebook groups. People were especially appalled by the error that caused 'Burgerlijke Stand' (Civil Registration) to be included in the place name. But this isn't the biggest error caused by … [Read more...]

Major problems with new Dutch records on Ancestry.com

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Through its partnership with Familysearch.org, Ancestry.com added millions of records from the Netherlands to their website this week. Just search the Card Catalog for databases with 'Netherlands' in the title. The new record sets include: Netherlands, Select Births and Baptisms, 1564-1910 (in Dutch) [6.2 million records] Netherlands, Select … [Read more...]

Quick tip: Dutch is not the language of Denmark

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If you're familiar with Dutch genealogy, today's tip will not come as a surprise: Dutch is the language and adjective of the Netherlands, not Denmark. But you would be surprised how many people end up on this site if they find out they have ancestors from Denmark! I must admit that the combination Dutch-Denmark sounds a lot more logical than … [Read more...]

Dutch term: metselaar

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A metselaar is a bricklayer. Since the Netherlands doesn't have many quarries, and all the more mud, brick was and is a popular building material. Brick has been used for buildings since the Middle Ages, first for churches and later for houses too. To prevent fire, many chartered towns issued ordinances that required people to use brick instead … [Read more...]

Sources for Dutch genealogy – post 1811 cheat sheet

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Looking for information about Dutch ancestors in the 19th or 20th century (after the introduction of the civil registration)? This cheat sheet will tell you which sources to consult. … [Read more...]