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Was Eleanor of Aquitaine my Ancestor? Generation 12 – Laureijs Denijs Peter Pulskens

This is the thirteenth post in a series about my possible line of descent from Eleanor of Aquitaine. In the first post, I explained how I discovered the possible line, and how I am going to verify it one generation at a time. In the last post, I proved that my eighth great-grandmother Jenneken Laureijs Denis Peeters […]

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Ask Yvette – How far can you go back?

One question that pops up regularly in conversations is how far back we can trace our Dutch ancestors. Here’s a rough overview that will apply to most people. Research in the 1900s and 2000s is difficult because of privacy restrictions. You will need permission or proof of death to access records of people born less […]

Dutch Genealogy News for October 2018

Here is an overview of the new sources, projects, and news about archives that were announced last month. Online sources Scans of the aldermen’s court of Gilze and Rijen in Noord-Brabant (1602-1811) are available online at the Regionaal Archief Tilburg website. The records of Willem Kolff, the inventor of the artificial kidney, have been scanned […]

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Was Eleanor of Aquitaine my Ancestor? Generation 11 – Jenneken Laureijs Denis Peeters

This is the twelfth post in a series about my possible line of descent from Eleanor of Aquitaine. In the first post, I explained how I discovered the possible line, and how I am going to verify it one generation at a time. In the last post, I proved that my seventh great-grandmother Petronella van Vlijmen was […]

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Ask Yvette – Where Can I Find Records For St. Eustatius?

Over the past months, two readers have asked me where to find records for St. Eustatius, an island in the Caribbean. Since more people may have the same question, I thought I’d turn it into an article. St. Eustatius is a special municipality in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The former Dutch colony is part […]

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Quick Tip – Check for Marriage Booklets in Your Family

If your family lived in the Netherlands after say 1850, check your family papers to see if there is a marriage booklet (“trouwboekje”). These booklets are given to the spouses during the marriage ceremony and record the information about the spouses. It is then updated when children are born or when the spouses die. See the […]

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Dutch term – Prentbriefkaart

A prentbriefkaart or ansichtkaart is a postcard. Postcards became popular in the early 1900s. Old postcards can give you a good idea of what the town looked like when your ancestors were living there. It’s also worth asking family members if any of them have old postcards. Among the papers I inherited from my grandfather and grandmother […]