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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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WikiTree Challenge – Yvette Hoitink

This is going to be fun. I have been invited for the WikiTree Challenge. WikiTree is a collaborative tree, where everybody contributes their knowledge, like Wikipedia for genealogy. Each week in 2021, a team of WikiTreers is collaborating on the tree of a special genealogy guest star. They want to make their genealogy here more accurate […]

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Dutch Genealogy News for May 2021

This is an overview of new sources, projects, and other news that was announced last month. Sources Erfgoed ‘s-Hertogenbosch added scans of the Smulders card catalog of the court records of Den Bosch to their website. These cards index the aldermen’s court records before 1811. The Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum added photos by Martien Hermsen […]

Certification renewed – Are you ready to become certified?

Great news: my Certified Genealogist® credential was just renewed for another five years! I have been a board-certified genealogist for five years now, as the first and so far the only genealogist in the Netherlands. Every five years, we have to show our work still meets standards by submitting a portfolio with work samples to […]

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Level 4 Checklist – Property ownership, military service, religion, criminal activity

A few months ago, I issued my Level-Up Challenge, challenging you to assess how complete your research is. By level 2, we know the names of our ancestors and where and when they were born, married and died and by level 3, we also have to know their occupations, places of residence, and their children […]

FAQ About my Eleanor of Aquitaine Project

If you’re a regular reading of this blog, you will have seen my series about verifying my possible line back to Eleanor of Aquitaine. I have proven 27 out of 29 generations so far. Many people have contacted me or left comments saying they love the series and seeing all the different records. Thank you […]

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Quick tip – If you wanted it or needed it…

Easy rule of thumb for working with Dutch records: If you wanted it or needed it, there probably was a tax on it. Marriage tax. Window tax. Hearth tax. Beer tax. Tobacco tax. Servant tax. Petrol tax. Dog tax. Real estate tax. Genealogists must be the only people in the world who like taxes, because […]

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Dutch term – Mangelhoudster

A reader asked me about the term mangelhoudster. It literally means “keeper of a mangle.” The mangle would be a dvice to put laundry through to dry and flatten it. The occupation is mainly found in and around Amsterdam. It could be that the mangelhoudster owned a mangle that others could use for a fee, […]