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23andMe ethnicity predictions

What Dutch DNA Looks Like – 2018 edition

In 2016, I wrote a blog post comparing the ethnicity predictions between the three largest providers of DNA tests. Since then, some companies have changed their algorithms and I’ve tested with two more companies. Time for an update! I’ve kept the original article as-is so we can compare how the predictions change over time. To […]

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Dutch Genealogy News for June 2018

Here is an overview of the new sources, projects, and news about archives that were announced last month. Online sources An index and scans of the slave registers of Suriname from 1851-1863 were published at GahetNA. The index and scans from the period 1830-1851 will follow later this year. The website GenealogieDomein published several transcribed […]


Ask Yvette – How to Record Place Names

Dutch Genealogy reader Linda had the following question: In my research, the locations for some births/deaths, etc. are confusing. I’m finding, “Lellens, Ten Boer, Groningen, Netherlands” or just “Ten Boer, Groningen, Netherlands”. ALSO “Stedum, Loppersum, Groningen, Netherlands” or just “Loppersum, Groningen, Netherlands”, and once, “Stedum, Groningen, Netherlands.” Could you please address the correct way to […]

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Was Eleanor of Aquitaine my Ancestor? Generation 7 – Laurens Smulders

This is the eighth post in a series about my possible line of descent from Eleanor of Aquitaine. In the first post, I explained how I discovered the possible line, and how I am going to verify it one generation at a time. In the last post, I proved that my third great-grandmother Dorothea Smulders was the […]

Illegal adoptions in Ireland

Last week, news broke that at least 126 illegal adoptions took place in Ireland since 1952. Fellow genealogist Fiona Fitzsimons from Ireland has posted guidelines how genealogists can assist in tracing Irish children in these circumstances on the Facebook page of the Britain, Ireland & the Isles Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Some of […]

Tip of the week

Father and his children, Pieter de Mare, 1768 - 1795.

Quick tip – The Legal Father May Not Have Been the Biological Father

If a child is born out of wedlock, it is possible he or she was later legitimized when the mother married. Legally, the mother’s husband would then be the father. But that doesn’t mean he was the biological father. In these situations, there are several things you can do to verify if the legal father […]

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Dutch term – Zaterdag

Zaterdag is the Dutch word for Saturday. In the early to mid 1900s, Saturday was a work day for men and a half school day for children. It wasn’t until the 1960s that the five-day work week became common.