Dutch Genealogy Services

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Was Eleanor of Aquitaine my Ancestor? Generation 15 – Barbara Peter Goijaert Pulskens

This is the fifteenth 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 eleventh great-grandfather Laureijs Denis Colen was […]

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MyHeritage live 2019

Yvette Hoitink to speak at MyHeritage Live in Amsterdam, 6-8 September 2019

Great news! MyHeritage just announced they will hold their annual MyHeritage Live conference in Amsterdam this year! I have been invited to give a presentation about Dutch genealogy (specific topic to be announced). There will also be a DNA track and various other presentations about genealogy and MyHeritage. I heard from several people who went […]

Charter with seals hanging from the bottom, some missing

Dutch Genealogy News for January 2019

Here is an overview of the new sources, projects, and news about archives that were announced last month. Online sources The Digital Charter Bank Netherlands has launched. It contains over 170,000 charters from the Middle Ages through to the 1800s from archives throughout the Netherlands. Summaries are provided for most charters, some have scans as […]

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Group of cousins, all grandchildren of Cornelis Trouw and Maria Gommeren

Sources for researching people in the 1900s

Researching people in the 1900s in the Netherlands can be hard because of privacy regulations. Here are some options for research. Family papers Your family may have papers about recent family members, such as marriage booklets or prayer cards. Newspapers  Check the newspaper website Delpher for newspaper articles. Births, marriages, and deaths were always announced […]

Was Eleanor of Aquitaine my Ancestor? Generation 14 – Laureijs Denis Colen

This is the fifteenth 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 tenth great-grandmother Aleid Laureijs Colen was […]

Tip of the week

Row of books with names of poorters

Quick tip – Was the Index Scanned?

Long before computer databases were invented, people created indexes. Examples of such “manual” indexes include: A list of names at the end of a book or register An index volume (repertorium) with abstracts of records created by a notary A list of grantors and grantees in the back of a deed register A register with […]

Term of the week

map showing land near a river

Dutch term – Aanwas

Aanwas means increase. The term can often be found in reference to increase in land because of river deposits. Laws specified who owned the aanwas. Sometimes neighbors argued about the rights to the newly created land, for example if one property owner lost land because of erosion while his neighbor gained land due to deposits. […]