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Was Eleanor of Aquitaine my Ancestor? Generation 7 – Laurens Smulders

This is the eighth 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 third great-grandmother Dorothea Smulders was the […]

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Illegal adoptions in Ireland

Last week, news broke that at least 126 illegal adoptions took place in Ireland since 1952. Fellow genealogist Fiona Fitzsimons from Ireland has posted guidelines how genealogists can assist in tracing Irish children in these circumstances on the Facebook page of the Britain, Ireland & the Isles Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Some of […]

Woman carrying food distributed by allied forces, World War II

Dutch Genealogy News for May 2018

Here is an overview of the new sources, projects, and news about archives that were announced last month. Offline records Normally, we start this monthly overview by listing all the records that went online. Last month, most of the news has been about records that have gone offline: Many archives took the population registers for […]

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Population Register Breda 1918-1937

Column – Privacy

Today, a new privacy law went into effect: The General Data Protection Regulation, or its Dutch implementation, the “Algemene Verordening Gegevensbescherming.” The new law requires a solid foundation for processing data of living people, especially when it concerns special personal data such as race or religion. The new law has larger fines, and requires better […]

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Was Eleanor of Aquitaine my ancestor? Generation 6 – Dorothea Smulders

This is the seventh 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 second great-grandfather Gerardus van den Heuvel […]

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Quick Tip – Use “Netherlands” rather than Holland or NL

When recording Dutch place names in your genealogy program, use “Netherlands” rather than “Holland” or “NL.” “Holland” is not the name of the country, but of a former province, now split into North-Holland and South-Holland. Some programs in the past tried to resolve Holland and ended up changing it to “Reusel-De Mierden, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands” since […]

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Dutch term – Kenteken

A kenteken is a license plate. The first license plates for cars and motor bikes were issued in 1898, a national registration. From 1906 to 1951, the provinces issued license plates. Some provinces have published databases with the issued license plates, sometimes with photos of the cars. License plate databases National license plates, issued 1898-1905 […]