Quick tip – most farmers were tenants, not owners

Etching of a farmer

Farmer, by Jan Luyken, about 1690. Image credits: Picturing the Past

If your ancestors were farmers, please keep in mind that most farmers in the Netherlands were tenants, not owners. Most land was owned by a few wealthy families and institutions like churches or convents.

You may be able to find information about your ancestors in the archives that these families and institutions created but you will not be able to find them in sales deeds or property tax records.

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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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