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English translations of French occupations

During the French occupation in the Netherlands (1795-1813), many of the official records were written in French. Here are some of the occupations you can find in the records, with their English translations. Accoucheur > Obstetrician Adjoint > Aldermen Adjoint-Maire > Interim mayor Advocat > Lawyer Agriculteur > Farmer Aide > Aide Amurier > Weapon […]

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Dutch Genealogy News for August 2019

Here is an overview of the new sources, projects, and news about archives that were announced last month. Online sources MyHeritage just added a new collection of Netherlands newspapers 1659-1899. These newspapers are available at Delpher. If you have a tree at MyHeritage, you will start receiving record matches for these newspapers. The Brabant Historisch […]

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Tip: The Dutch: Emigration to North America Tour in 2020

“The Dutch: Emigration to North America” is a tour for people from North America who want to come to the Netherlands to explore their Dutch roots. It is organized by the Association for the Advancement of Dutch-American Studies (AADAS) together with Witte Travel and will be held from 29 April to 11 May 2020. My […]

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Was Eleanor of Aquitaine my Ancestor? Generation 20 – Jan van Wijfliet

This is the twenty-first 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┬álast post, I proved that my sixteenth great-grandfather Willem van Wijfliet […]

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Dutch Genealogy News for July 2019

Here is an overview of the new sources, projects, and news about archives that were announced last month. Online sources Open Archives started a pilot to search scans by content. This works for typed records only. It uses Optical Character Recognition technology to make the records searchable. You can submit your own URLs of records […]

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Quick tip – Atlas of Mutual Heritage

The website Atlas of Mutual Heritage contains images of places associated with the Dutch East India Company (VOC) and West India Company (WIC). These include trade posts and former colonies in Africa, Asia, Australia, and North and South America. For some of these places, the VOC and WIC archives contain the oldest surviving records and […]

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Dutch term – Veiling

A veiling is an auction. You can sometimes find announcements of auctions in the paper, for example if a family is about to emigrate and is auctioning off their household items they won’t take with them. Such an auction would be called a boelgoed in Friesland. Sometimes, notarial or voluntary court records were created to […]