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Quirks of Contemporary Indexes

If you’re going through tax records or court records, you might get lucky and find a contemporary (hand-written) index in the front or the back. These indexes may have some quirks: They may be by first name, not last name. This particularly occurs in regions where people did not all use hereditary surnames but used […]

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Dutch term – Geërfde

In the eastern parts of the Netherlands, a geërfde was a heritor, the owner of a property with certain rights in the commons. The heritors of a district would come together periodically to discuss matters relating to the commons. The geërfde would have a vote in any decisions made there, for example relating to the […]

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“You’re Welcome!”

When I was eleven years old, my mom and I went to the United States to visit her aunt and uncle in Washington, DC. It was my first time on an airplane, and my first time using English for real. I had been learning English for over a year, but had not had the opportunity […]

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Tip: Netherlands genealogy webinars at FamilySearch

Next Wednesday, on 10 November 2021, FamilySearch will host three free webinars about genealogy in the Netherlands: Netherlands Censuses and Population Registers (intermediate) Netherlands Notarial Records (Advanced) Netherlands Archive Spotlight: Friesland (Intermediate). See the FamilySearch list of upcoming webinars for times and registration links.

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Dutch Genealogy News for October 2021

This is an overview of the new website projects, and other news announced last month. Sources An index of the business files of the Chamber of Commerce of Drenthe 1922-1980 can be consulted at the Drents Archief website. The records show which businesses existed in Drenthe. Only businesses that no longer exist are included in […]

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Notary in Haarlem, 1787. Credits: Wybrand Hendriks, collection Rijksmuseum (public domain)

Quick tip – Wills in the third person

Some people are surprised that many Dutch wills are in the third person (“leaves HER house to HER brother and HER sister”). This is because the wills are drawn up by a notary or court clerk, and the “I” in the record is the notary. “Today appeared before me, notary so-and-so, Mrs. this-and-that who declared […]

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Dutch term – Compareren

The verb “compareren” means to compear: to present oneself in a legal matter. Court or notarial records often start with “Compareerde voor mij” [compeared before me]. This is often followed by a formal testimony or request.