News from the Netherlands – June 2014

View of Calicut, India, 1665

'News from the Netherlands' is a new monthly series on this blog to inform you about the best new websites, projects and books that help you find and understand your Dutch ancestors. New websites The Brabants Historical Information Center has a new website (Dutch only). The 'Stamboom' [Family Tree] page has several indexes, some with scans … [Read more...]

Quick tip – test the new Brabant archives website

Front page of the new BHIC website

Christian van der Ven, archivist at the Brabant Historical Information Center, just commented on this week's column. He revealed that they are working on a new website, which is now available as a beta. The new website already contains more genealogical sources than the old, so it's well worth a test drive. Check the 'Mijn stamboom' [my family … [Read more...]

Was your ancestor born in Reusel-De Mierden, Noord-Brabant? Guess again!

Streetview image of the Holland road

When I look at online trees, especially on Ancestry.com, I often see "Reusel, Reusel-de Mierden, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands" listed as the place of birth. At first I was puzzled how all these people with names that are typical for Friesland, Groningen or Gelderland would have children in a village on the other side of the country. There was … [Read more...]

Case study: subtle clues in population registers

Population register

On the very first day I started doing genealogy, I found a birth record saying that my grandfather’s grandmother was born as an illegitimate child, father unknown. Three years later, her mother married and the groom acknowledged the child as his. The three-year-gap made me dismiss him as her biological father. In the 23 years since then, I’ve … [Read more...]

Noord-Brabant

Noord-Brabant traditional dress

The province of Noord-Brabant lies in the south of the Netherlands. It borders on Limburg to the east, the country of Belgium to the south, the province of Zeeland to the west and the provinces of Zuid-Holland, Utrecht and Gelderland to the north. The capital city of Noord-Brabant is Den Bosch, also known as 's-Hertogenbosch. Other larger towns … [Read more...]