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Was Eleanor of Aquitaine my Ancestor? Generation 5: Gerardus van den Heuvel

This is the sixth 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 great-grandmother Cornelia Francisca van den Heuvel […]

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Dutch DNA testing strategy

Dutch DNA Testing Strategy

So you’re of Dutch descent and want to take a DNA test to find cousins in the Netherlands or learn more about your ancestors. How do you go about doing that? In general, Dutch people are guarded about their privacy. Many people in the Netherlands have very complete trees because of the excellent records and […]

Changed location for the Dutch Genealogy Meet-and-Greet at NGS on 3 May 2018

The National Genealogical Society Family History Conference will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan from 2-5 May 2018. Several presenters including myself will be giving talks about Dutch Genealogy (see the full program). I have already heard from several blog and newsletter readers who plan on coming and can’t wait to meet you there. To be […]

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Dutch Genealogy Meet-and-Greet and Dinner at NGS in Grand Rapids on May 3rd

The National Genealogical Society Family History Conference will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan from 2-5 May 2018. Several presenters including myself will be giving talks about Dutch Genealogy (see the full program). I have already heard from several blog and newsletter readers who plan on coming and can’t wait to meet you there. EDIT: The […]

Dutch Genealogy News for March 2018

Here is an overview of the new sources, projects, and news about archives that were announced last month. Online records Many civil registration records from the Dutch East Indies have been published by FamilySearch and can be accessed via the Catalog and place name. Access to these scans is limited to Family History Centers, where they […]

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Quick tip – Researching Living People Needs Their Collaboration

Dutch privacy laws are strict and restrict access to records of people born less than 100 years ago. If you are searching for living people, they will be the only ones who can access their records. Their cooperation and permission is also necessary if you want them to take a DNA test for you. See […]

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Dutch term – Turfdrager

A turfdrager was a peat carrier. Peat was an important fuel, both for private homes and for businesses like breweries and bakeries. An abstract of the instructions for the peat carriers in Leeuwarden from 1660 gives an impression of the regulations that a peat carrier was expected to live by. Articles that regulate the peat […]