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Was Eleanor of Aquitaine my Ancestor? Generation 9 – Jan Smulders

This is the tenth 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 fifth great-grandfather Hendrik Smulders was the […]

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Dutch Genealogy News for July 2018

Here is an overview of the new sources, projects, and news about archives that were announced last month. Online sources ZoekAkten, the website that provided easy waypoints to the Dutch records at FamilySearch, has been taken offline. The volunteer behind the website decided to pull the plug. The records themselves can still be found via […]

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Column – Robot genealogist

For years, we’ve heard about arm chair genealogists; researchers who do their family trees from home without going to repositories. The suggestion that this can’t be a good researcher is no longer valid, considering the wide variety of sources that are available online. New is the robot genealogist, a computer program that analyzes sources and draws […]

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Was Eleanor of Aquitaine my Ancestor? Generation 8 – Hendrik Smulders

This is the ninth 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 fourth great-grandfather Laurens Smulders was the […]

23andMe ethnicity predictions

What Dutch DNA Looks Like – 2018 edition

In 2016, I wrote a blog post comparing the ethnicity predictions between the three largest providers of DNA tests. Since then, some companies have changed their algorithms and I’ve tested with two more companies. Time for an update! I’ve kept the original article as-is so we can compare how the predictions change over time. To […]

Tip of the week

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Quick tip – Last Name or Patronymic?

If you’re researching a family with a name like Jansen, Zwiers, or Pieterse, at one point you will find the original person for whom the name was not a hereditary last name but a patronymic derived from the father’s name. My mother’s name is Marijnissen. As a beginning genealogist, it took me a while to […]

Term of the week

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Dutch term – Alhier

Alhier means in this location, meaning the place where the record was created. You can often encounter the term in marriage records, where the bride and groom were from alhier.