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Ask Yvette – How to record names with different spellings

I was tagged in a Facebook post asking how to deal with variations of surnames in your genealogy software. Genealogy software typically requires us to choose one name as the default to use in reports and lists, and allows us to enter alternative names. I use three different strategies to select which name to use […]

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Which archive keeps the records for your Dutch ancestors?

In the Netherlands, most government records about our ancestors are created and kept at three different levels: Municipal level Provincial level National level. All these authorities have agreements with archives to keep the records that are over twenty years old. Municipalities either have their own city archives, or collaborate in a regional archives. Each provincial […]

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Dutch Genealogy News for February 2023

Here is an overview of the new sources, websites, and projects that were announced last month. Sources Arjan Buikstra is indexing records of crew members who sailed for the Rotterdam Admiralty (1763-1795). The indexed can be searched on his website. The West-Brabants Archief digitized records relating to the madder industry. Madder was a plant root […]

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Unusual death place case study: Thomas Cammenga

When Thomas Cammenga died on 5 May 1842, he did not die in his place of residence, Leeuwarden in Friesland, but in Deventer, Overijssel. His death record showed he died at the Bagijnenstraat.1 Deventer was 120 km/75 miles from Leeuwarden. Whenever we notice something odd like this, we have to ask ourselves why: Why did […]

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Dutch Genealogy News for January 2023

This is an overview of the new sources, websites, projects and other news that was announced last month. Sources Birth, marriage, and death records of the country of Suriname have been scanned. They can be consulted on the National Archives of Suriname website. The civil registration only includes free people. Slavery was abolished in Suriname […]

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Quick tip – Check the calendar

If you are dealing with a date between 1582 and 1701, please check the calendar. Different places in the Netherlands changed from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar at different times. The change made the calendar jump forward by 10 or 11 days. Sometimes, you can resolve a conflict in dates by checking the calendar. […]

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Dutch term – Meisjesschool

A meisjesschool is a school for girls. These schools started to appear in the 1800s to teach the daughters of the upper classes. Besides reading and arithmetic, they would be taught to draw, sew, and make music. Meisjesscholen were typically available in large cities only.