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Case study: incorrectly recorded burial of Maria Elissen

My ancestor Maria Elissen was the wife of Johannes Antonij Koolen. I knew she must have died between 1789, when her youngest child was born, and 24 December 1798, when her husband was called a widower when he died.1 The burial register for Tilburg for this period is indexed and appears to be complete. However, […]

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Dutch Genealogy News for May 2022

This is an overview of the new sources, websites, and projects that were announced last month. Sources Death Duties files for Zeeland 1818-1927 have been added to the Zeeuws Archief website. The records of the village of Schijndel 1312-1811 have been digitized and are available via the Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum website. Many building permits […]

Extreme Ancestors – Johanna van Groezen, wife, mother of two, widow in the same year

In this post in my Extreme Ancestors series, I want to introduce you to Johanna van Groezen, who became a wife, mother of two children, and a widow; all in the space of eight months. Johanna van Groezen and her first husband Adriaan Marijnissen are my third great-grandparents. Johanna van Groezen was twenty-one years old […]

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Postgraduate Certificate in Family and Local History

I have exciting news: I have received a Postgraduate Certificate in Family and Local History from the University of Dundee in Scotland. I started in September 2020. I actually met the requirements for the certificate a few months ago but thought I could not claim it yet because I did not receive any paperwork. The […]

Dutch Genealogy News for April 2022

This is an overview of the new sources, websites, and projects that were announced last month. Sources The website Brabant in Beelden has added several videos of villages in Noord-Brabant to their website. Indexes of notarial records from the late 1800s have been added to the Westfries Archief website. Scans of index cards of The […]

Tip of the week

Quick tip – Old does not mean original

When you are working with old manuscripts, it is tempting to think they are original records—the first recorded version of the document. However, even old manuscripts may be derivative records—copies, transcriptions, or abstract of older versions. Sometimes, the original record does not survive and the derivative is all we have to work with. But we […]

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Dutch term – Visvrouw

A visvrouw [literally: fish woman] is a female fish seller. It was not uncommon for wives of fishermen to sell the fish at markets.