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Was Eleanor of Aquitaine my Ancestor? Generation 18 – Johanna van Wijfliet

This is the nineteenth 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┬álast post, I proved that my fourteenth great-grandmother Barbara Willems Pijlijser […]

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Dutch Genealogy News for April 2019

Here is an overview of the new sources, projects, and news about archives that were announced last month. Online sources The collection of Family Printed Matter of the Nederlandse Genealogische Vereniging (Netherlands Genealogical Society) is now available via Open Archives. The index contains almost 400,000 entries. Volunteers are scanning the records to be added later. […]

Source – Rent Registers

“Cijnzen” or rents are rights to annual proceeds. The rights could be attached to land or property, certain official functions, or rights in common grounds. In the Middle Ages up until say the 1700s, rents were often paid in kind, for example in grain. Dominion rents Rents could be attached to a domain, the area […]

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Was Eleanor of Aquitaine my Ancestor? Generation 17 – Barbara Willems Pijlijser

This is the eighteenth 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┬álast post, I proved that my thirteenth great-grandmother Claesken Peters die […]

Population Register Breda 1918-1937

Ask Yvette – What happened to the population registers from the 1900s?

Several readers have asked me about population registers from the 1900s that they used to be able to view, but are no longer available. In May 2018, a new privacy law was introduced that was more strict about sharing information about people who may be alive. As a result, the Association of Municipalities in the […]

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Quick tip: Find magazines and journals on Delpher

Many out-of-copyright magazines have been scanned and are available via Delpher. Delpher has digitized over 5.7 million pages from 470 magazines since the 1800s. Some categories are: Government publications, such as the Staatsblad van het Koningrijk der Nederlanden [National journal of the Kingdom of the Netherlands], where new laws and regulations are published. Professional journals, […]

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Dutch term – Kwartierherhaling

Kwartierherhaling, literally “repetition of quarters,” means pedigree collapse: the situation where the same people appear in multiple places in your pedigree chart. That means you descend from the same person or couple in different ways. If your ancestors are from small towns in the Netherlands, sooner or later you’ll run into kwartierherhaling. In general, the […]