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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 last post, I proved that my thirteenth great-grandmother Claesken Peters die […]

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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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Dutch Genealogy News for March 2019

Here is an overview of the new sources, projects, and news about archives that were announced last month. Online sources “Time machines” for various towns in Friesland (Leeuwarden, Sneek, Sloten, Balk, Joure) were added to HisGis. This geographical information system allows you to see who owned which properties through time. Zelandia Illustrata, a collection of […]

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Column – Digital Correspondence

“National Archivist wants to store emails and WhatsApp messages,” was the headline of the Volkskrant newspaper on 2 January after an interview with National Archivist Marens Engelhard. The records that became public that day were all made of paper, but going forward, digital correspondence also needs to be preserved. Emails of civil servants working on important […]

Was Eleanor of Aquitaine my Ancestor? Generation 16 – Claesken Peters die Paep

This is the seventeenth 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 twelfth great-grandmother Barbara Peter Goijaert […]

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Quick tip – “Alhier” and “Elders” are not place names

Sometimes, you will encounter the term alhier and elders in a record to indicate a place of origin or residence. These are not place names, but mean “in this location” and “somewhere else,” respectively. Hattip to Ellee Brooks who gave the “elders” tip in a comment.

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Dutch term – Doodsoorzaak

The doodsoorzaak is the cause of death. Dutch civil registration death records don’t record the cause of death. See How to find the cause of death for some other possibilities.