Dutch Genealogy Services

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Aerial photo of Willemstad (no known copyrights)

Dutch Genealogy News for August 2018

Here is an overview of the new sources, projects, and news about archives that were announced last month. Online sources The area around Maastricht, Limburg has been added to HisGis, the historical geographical information system. You can click on a plot to see the owners. The population register of Haarlem, Noord-Holland for the period 1849-1860 […]

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Ask Yvette – Should I Take a DNA Test?

Last month, I blogged about my ethnicity predictions, which were wildly off. As a result, several people have asked me: Should I take a DNA test if they are so unreliable? My answer? Absolutely! You see, a DNA test gives you two types of results. On the one hand, it gives you the ethnicity predictions. […]

Hendrik Hoitink and Johanna Piek

Four Degrees of Separation

Randy Seaver offered the following Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge: Using your ancestral lines, how far back in time can you go with FOUR degrees of separation? That means “you knew an ancestor, who knew another ancestor, who knew another ancestor, who knew another ancestor.” When was that fourth ancestor born? Here is my line: […]

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Was Eleanor of Aquitaine my Ancestor? Generation 9 – Jan Smulders

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

Dutch Genealogy News for July 2018

Here is an overview of the new sources, projects, and news about archives that were announced last month. Online sources ZoekAkten, the website that provided easy waypoints to the Dutch records at FamilySearch, has been taken offline. The volunteer behind the website decided to pull the plug. The records themselves can still be found via […]

Tip of the week

Row of books with names of poorters

Quick tip – Are There Scans of that Unindexed Record?

If you can’t find a record for your ancestor by searching for their name, see if the records have been scanned but not indexed yet. It’s much quicker to scan a record that it is to index it. Indexing requires people to read the names and type them into a database. This is time consuming […]

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Dutch term – Dinsdag

Dinsdag is the Dutch word for Tuesday. The “Derde Dinsdag” [Third Tuesday] in September is the start of the parliamentary year, when the Crown announces the plans.