Quick tip: resolutions for 2014

Firemen eating 'oliebollen'

Firemen eating ‘oliebollen,’ a traditional Dutch New Year’s treat, 1973. Credits: Nationaal Archief

Happy 2014 everybody! Here are some suggestions for resolutions for this year that will help you with your Dutch research.

  • Come visit the Netherlands and see where your ancestors lived
  • Learn Dutch and understand the records. The Dutch Terms section of this site has some basic terms to get you started.
  • Learn to use Dutch websites like WieWasWie
  • Read The island of the center of the world by Russell Shorto to get some idea of what New York was like when it was Dutch (review)
  • Hire me to find your Dutch ancestors for you (sorry, could not resist!)

My own resolutions for 2014 are:

  • Keep blogging!
  • Submitting my portfolio to become a board-certified genealogist
  • Submitting articles for publication in genealogical magazines like the National Society Quarterly in the US. 
  • Working together with other organizations in the Netherlands to promote local heritage tourism.
  • Resolving who the father was of Maria Catharina Platschart. In fact, I’m going on a research trip tomorrow to rule out that she was a prostitute. Now *that* would complicate matters… Stay tuned!
  • and as always: helping people from all over the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands.
About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink is a professional genealogist in the Netherlands. She has been doing genealogy for 20 years. Her expertise is helping people from across the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.

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