Quick tip – Deeds may have been recorded much later

In 1704, one of my ancestors had a dispute with his landlord. In the subsequent court case, both sides submitted copies of deeds into evidence. The oldest deed was from 1302, more than four centuries old at the time, allowing me to trace the history of that farm back more than seven hundred years. The original is now lost, the copy is all that remains.

When searching for records, it pays off to expand your search, not just geographically but also in terms of the period you are searching. The information you need might be recorded years, or even centuries, later.

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Court case involving Osinck in Winterswijk, 1704, with copy of 1302 record1


  1. Convent of Groot Burlo versus Jan Oissinck, 1704; Court of Bredevoort, Civil Cases, call number 200; digital images, FHL film 1801055 item 5, Familysearch (https://familysearch.org/search/film/007845211 : accessed 28 August 2016).
About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, CG® is a professional genealogist in the Netherlands. She holds the Certified Genealogist credential from the Board for Certification of Genealogists and has a post-graduate certificate in Family and Local History from the University of Dundee. She has been doing genealogy for over 30 years and helps people from across the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.

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