Dutch term – Beleg

A beleg is a siege. During the Eighty Years' War (1568-1648), many cities were besieged by either Dutch or Spanish troops. In several cases, whole cities were burned to the ground, an in some cases the population was massacred. Read Five Ways the Eighty Years War Affected Your Ancestors for more information. … [Read more...]

Top 10 Websites for Research in the Former Dutch East Indies

Here are my favorite resources for research in the former Dutch East Indies, what is now Indonesia: Nationaal Archief The website of the National Archives of the Netherlands. Items of interest include: VOC: Dutch East India Company finding aid and images KNIL: Muster rolls of soldiers in the Royal Dutch East Indies Army. Finding aid … [Read more...]

Dutch term – Bron

Bron is the Dutch term for "source." The word also means "spring," in the meaning of a place where water naturally comes to the surface. … [Read more...]

Volunteers wanted! Indexing Dutch East India Company Records

The records of the Dutch East India Company (1602-1795) are kept at the National Archives in The Hague. The archives span 1.25 km / 0.78 miles. Many of these records are scanned and available from the finding aid. Description of the project To make the records easily findable the National Archives is participating in an ambitious project called … [Read more...]

Dutch term – Noord, Oost, Zuid, West

Oost-West [East-West] is the theme of the History Month in the Netherlands this year.┬áThe Dutch terms for the cardinal directions are: noord north oost east zuid south west west You may encounter these terms in deeds, where the location of the property is described in terms of its neighbors to the north, east, … [Read more...]

Source – Secret Register of Released Prisoners

A source with an intriguing name is the "Geheim Register van Ontslagen Gevangen" or the Secret Register of Released Prisoners. This register was kept from 1882 to 1896 and included the photos, personal details, and overview of crimes of the prisoners who would be released in the upcoming month even though they were still considered dangerous. This … [Read more...]

Quick Tip – Archives Damage Atlas

The Metamorfoze program, a Dutch program to preserve and digitize archives and publications, published a damage atlas of archives (PDF). The atlas was published ten years ago but the contents are still relevant today. … [Read more...]

Dutch Genealogy News for September 2020

Here is an overview of the new online sources, websites, and projects that were announced last month. Sources Scans and images of notarial records from The Hague (1861-1935) have been added to the The Hague City Archives website. The Regionaal Archief Tilburg added an index of "borgbrieven" [letters of indemnity] from various … [Read more...]

Wanted! First families of Pier 21

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is looking for family members of the 54 passengers who first arrived at the pier, on 28 February 1928. The first ship to arrive was the S.S. Nieuw Amsterdam, which had departed from Rotterdam carrying passengers from the Netherlands, Lithuania, Germany, Romania, Russia, Yugoslavia, Finland, and Greece, … [Read more...]

Quick Tip – Image bank at Archieven.nl

The website Archieven.nl presents archival descriptions, genealogical indexes, and image collections of several archives in the Netherlands. I love searching the image collections for places where my ancestors lived. I have found maps there, old photos of the streets where my ancestors lived, even the occasional school photo though unfortunately … [Read more...]