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Was Eleanor of Aquitaine my Ancestor? Generation 1: Yvette Hoitink

This is the second 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. Yvette Hoitink, daughter of Els Marijnissen The first step is to prove Continue reading →

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Notary in Haarlem, 1787. Credits: Wybrand Hendriks, collection Rijksmuseum (public domain)

Quick tip – Use notarial records

Notarial records are a great source of genealogical information. They can contain prenuptial agreements, business contracts, last wills, and estate divisions, giving you an insight into your anecstors’ lives and family. Not all areas had notaries before 1811, in which case you can find these sources in local court records. A growing number of notarial Continue reading →

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Dutch Genealogy News for November 2017

Here is an overview of the new sources, websites, and projects that were announced last month. Sources The National Archives of Curacao launched a new genealogy section on their website. Court records of Nijmegen from 1596 until 1811 are available at the Nijmegen Regional Archives website. 38,700 records of Amsterdam notaries were added to the Continue reading →

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Yvette Hoitink and Other Dutch Presentations at NGS Conference in Michigan, May 2018

I am so excited to have been invited to give three presentations at the National Genealogical Society conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan in May 2018. I will be talking about three topics: Dutch Genealogy 101: Finding Your Ancestors from the Netherlands (Wednesday 2 May 2018, 2:30 PM). Dutch vital records are available online and indexed. Continue reading →

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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Family portrait, 1627. Anonymous artist, collection Rijksmuseum (public domain)

Dutch term – Erfgenaam

An erfgenaam is an heir. Most people in the Netherlands did not have wills, in which case you need to understand the local laws to know who the heirs would be. Most regions did not allow a person to disinherit the children completely, they would always receive their legitimate portion. Understanding the inheritance laws can Continue reading →

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Dutch term – Brand

Brand is the Dutch word for “fire.” Fire was a major threat to any town. Fires effect the available records. The obvious connection is that some records are destroyed by fires. Examples are Enschede town records prior to 1862 and Varsseveld town and church records prior to 1723. Fires or the threat of fire can Continue reading →