For the past several years, I have combined a job as project manager at the National Archives in The Hague with being a freelance genealogist. There are only a few genealogists in the Netherlands who report in English and there are many people of Dutch descent who don’t speak Dutch. As you can imagine, the demand for my services has been much higher than the time I had available. I really enjoy helping people from all over the world find their ancestors from the Netherlands so I have decided to quit my job and focus all my energy on genealogy. It’s a bit scary to give up a permanent position with a fixed income, but I’m heeding the advice of a friend that “you’ll only regret the things you don’t do” and have decided to take the plunge.
Starting September 1st, I will be a full-time genealogist. The main focus will be on doing research for clients who have ancestors from the Netherlands. I will also do consulting for IT-projects, for instance if archives or other heritage institutes want to build a new website or genealogy companies need advice about the genealogy industry in the Netherlands.
My first priority will be to finish my portfolio and submit it to the Board for Certification of Genealogists. If the judges approve of my work, that would make me the first Certified Genealogist in the Netherlands and one of just a handful in Europe. I plan to submit my portfolio by the end of the year.
Besides working on my portfolio, I also have several client projects scheduled. My project calendar is almost fully booked for the rest of the year, but I have plenty of room in 2015. So if you have a brick wall that you would like me to solve, please contact me and inquire about my services.