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Looking for your ancestors from the Netherlands? Yvette Hoitink is a professional genealogist in the Netherlands who does research throughout the country. Read about our services, fees, and example projects or read testimonials by clients like you.

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Dutch Genealogy News for April 2021

This article gives an overview of the new sources, websites, and other archives news that was announced last month. Sources The National Archives of the Netherlands published 1.9 million scans relating to slavery. ┬áThe image collection of the municipality of Haaren is now available at the website of the Regionaal Archief Tilburg. The West-Fries Archief […]

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Was Eleanor of Aquitaine my Ancestor? Generation 26 – Margaret countess of Flanders

This is the twenty-seventh 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┬álast post, I proved that my twenty-second great-grandfather Guy of Dampierre, […]


Sources about Slavery – 1.9 Million Records Online

Important archives about slavery, including the role of the Dutch in the slave trade and enslaved people in Dutch colonies, have been digitized over the past years. 1.9 million scans have now become available from institutions in the Netherlands, England, Guyana, and Suriname. The sources can be accessed from a new page at the website […]

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The Genealogy Show 2021 Line-up

Exciting news! I will be speaking at The Genealogy Show, a wonderful genealogy event in the UK that will be virtual this year. My presentation is Dear Me! Writing Research Reports to Yourself. I will be using an example of a Dutch family who emigrated to the United States to show you how you can […]

DNA Painter adds Level-Up Challenge as Dimension!

DNA Painter, the website with all sorts of cool tools for people interested in genetic genealogy, added the level-up challenge I wrote about in January as a dimension to their family trees. You can import your tree or build it from scratch, and then add a dimension to your tree to manually indicate the research […]

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Name cloud of the 100 most popular names

Quick tip – Are you Searching for the Right Name?

There can be different reasons why you can’t find the person you’re looking for. Perhaps they were from a different town, or the record you need doesn’t survive. But they could be hiding under a different name. Before the introduction of the civil registration (1811 in most parts of the Netherlands), there was no requirement […]

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Dutch term – NSB-er

An NSB-er was a member of the Nationaal Socialistische Beweging [Nationalist Socialist Movement] in the Netherlands before and during World War II. The NSB was the party that welcomed the German occupation and collaborated with the nazis. During World War II, NSB membership was a requirement for many public offices, including being appointed as mayor. […]