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Baby in the lap of Saint Nicholas

Celebrating Sinterklaas

In the Netherlands, we celebrate St. Nicholas’ Eve on the 5th of December. Sinterklaas arrives in the country about three weeks before, on his steam ship from Spain. He is accompanied by his helpers, the Zwarte Pieten [Black Petes] who pass out small spiced cookies called pepernoten and candy to the children. Sinterklaas then gets Continue reading →

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5 Ways to Find Out When Your Ancestor Was Born

How do you find out when your ancestor from the Netherlands was born? Here are five different ways.

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Quick tip: Did your widowed ancestor make a settlement?

If a widow or widower with young children wanted to marry again, often they first had to make a settlement with their minor children so they received their share of the deceased parent’s inheritance. These records can be helpful to prove family relationships, to get insights into the economic circumstances of the family, and to Continue reading →

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Ask Yvette – Where is “Friesland” anyway?

Holly (De Fries) Flaherty wanted to know more about Friesland. Her paternal grandfather was from Friesland and spoke Dutch, but her maternal grandfather was from Friesland and spoke German. She heard that there were two provinces called Friesland – one German and one Dutch. She wanted to know if they were connected, historically, and whether Continue reading →

Boer War prisoners arriving at the train station.

The Curious Case of Bastiana van Breugel

Pretoria, South Africa, 11 October 1901; the height of the Anglo-Boer War. The Dutch Consul-General in South Africa wrote to the Secretary of State in the Netherlands about a possible spy that was discovered: a Dutch nurse was suspected of slipping classified information to the Boers. The story took a strange turn when the female Continue reading →

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Quick tip – Access to restricted records

Dutch privacy laws restrict access to recent records. As a rule of thumb, access to records that may contain information about living people is restricted.¬†For example, you can only access birth records of people born more than 100 years ago, and you can only access notarial records after 75 years. In many cases, access restrictions Continue reading →

Term of the week

Sinterklaas greeting children. Credits: Harry Pol, collection Nationaal Archief (CC-BY)

Dutch term – Pakjesavond

Pakjesavond = “gift evening.” Traditionally, Dutch families give gifts on St. Nicholas’ Eve, on December 5th. Sinterklaas and his helpers, the Zwarte Pieten, will bring gifts for all the children and some of the adults too. “Santa Claus” is derived from the Dutch word “Sinterklaas.” Read more about the differences and similarities about these red-robed Continue reading →