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Was Eleanor of Aquitaine my Ancestor? Discovering the Possible Line

When I was about ten years old, I read about Eleanor of Aquitaine in the book¬†De Gouden Dolk [The Golden Dagger] by Thea Beckman. Eleanor is a minor character in the book; the employer of a servant that the main character, a young crusader, fell in love with. Learning about Eleanor Queen Eleanor fascinated me. Continue reading →

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Dutch Genealogy News for October 2017

Here is an overview of the new sources, websites, and projects that were announced last month. Online records The Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum (the Noord-Brabant provincial archives) made 100 meter [about 350 feet] of notarial records available online, mostly from the 1800s. 250,000 records have been indexed, so you can search by name. View the Continue reading →

Dutch Genealogy News for September 2017

Here is an overview of the new sources, websites, and projects that were announced last month. Online Dutch records 30,000 scans of records about the Dutch West India Company (WIC) and Dutch East India Company (VOC) from the archives of the States General have been added to the¬†gahetNA website of the National Archives. View the Continue reading →

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World War II Records about Putten Raid Found by Volunteers

Volunteers who are indexing 1950s death records from Gelderland have come across several records relating to the deportation of a large part of the male population in Putten during World War II. The Gelders Archief published a blog post about the find. Here is an English translation of the article (with permission). Volunteers find death Continue reading →

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Checklist – Are you Ready To Start Research in the Country of Origin?

When you find an immigrant ancestor, it is tempting to immediately start looking in the country of origin. But doing so too soon can cause you to misidentify your ancestor. Here is a checklist to make sure you’re ready to start the research: Do you know who the immigrant ancestor was? I’ve had many people Continue reading →

Tip of the week

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Quick Tip – Dutch Immigrants may not have Understood Each Other

Dutch immigrants sometimes settled in places where Dutch people from other parts of the Netherlands came too. This doesn’t mean they could understand each other. Before the age of radio and television, there was no common Dutch language that everybody understood. Different regions had different dialects, different languages even. Frisian and Low Saxon are completely Continue reading →

Term of the week

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Dutch term – Vredegerecht

The Vredegerecht (sometimes spelled vredegeregt) is the Peace Court or Justice of the Peace. The system of vredegerechten was introduced during the French occupation and lasted from 1811 to 1838. The Vredegerecht held the lower jurisdiction in a canton, a district roughly the size of one or a few municipalities. After 1838, the vredegerechten were Continue reading →