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New Dutch Evidence for the Missing Princes in the Tower

In 2012, Philippa Langley stunned the world by leading the successful search for the body of King Richard III of England. One mystery remained to be solved: the fate of Richard’s nephews, Edward and Richard; the sons of his older brother King Edward IV, and pretenders to the throne. They were last reported in the […]

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The 10 Most Important Record Groups for Dutch Research

Here are the ten record groups I use for virtually any research project where I want to know more than just names, dates, and places. When you find an ancestor in a new-to-you place, try finding out where all of these records are kept. See the post on Which archive keeps the records of your […]

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Dutch Genealogy News for October 2023

This is an overview of the new sources, projects, and other news that was announced last month. Sources Regionaal  Archief Zutphen is indexing the church membership records of Brummen, Hall, Gorssel, Laren, Lochem, Warnsveld and Zutphen. Each Thursday, the newly entered entries are added to their ancestor database. The society Veluwse Geslachten has made 37 […]

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Office of the notary

10 Ways to Find Notarial Records in the Netherlands

Notarial records are some of the richest sources of information about our ancestors’ lives. They may contain wills, estate inventories, contracts, sales, and a range of other voluntary legal transactions. They are an important source for researching emigrants from the Netherlands. Many people went by a notary before leaving, for example to enter into a […]

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The Genealogical Unproof Standard for Brick Walls

I think the term “brick wall” is used too easily for any ancestor where you don’t know the parents. I think you shouldn’t call someone a brick wall ancestor unless you gave it your best shot. Many genealogists are familiar with the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS), as formulated by the Board for Certification of Genealogists. […]

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Quick tip – Follow up on unusual death places

If your ancestors died in a place where they did not live, there could be a story there. Perhaps they were committed to a mental hospital, like Thomas Cammenga or Gerrit Jan van Nijkerken. Perhaps they met with an accident, like Adriaan Marijnissen. Perhaps they were in jail, or visiting relatives. You can check the […]

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Dutch term – Vakblad

A vakblad is a trade journal. Trade journals became popular in the early 1900s, though some go back further. Trade journals can have interesting information about your ancestors, such as: information about completed education or achieved diplomas membership of unions, committees, organizations publications by our ancestors information about their employers images of the trade they […]