Quick tip – “Alhier” and “Elders” are not place names

Sometimes, you will encounter the term alhier and elders in a record to indicate a place of origin or residence. These are not place names, but mean “in this location” and “somewhere else,” respectively.

Hattip to Ellee Brooks who gave the “elders” tip in a comment.

map of the Netherlands

Map of the Netherlands, 1664 (public domain)

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Yvette Hoitink, MLitt, CG®, QG™ is a professional genealogist, writer, and lecturer in the Netherlands. She has a Master of Letters in Family and Local History from the University of Dundee, and holds the Certification of Genealogist and Qualified Genealogist credentials. Yvette served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists and won excellence awards for her articles in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. Yvette has been doing genealogy for over 30 years. She helps people from across the world find their ancestors from the Netherlands and its former colonies, including New Netherland. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.


  1. johannes Schuurman says

    Why does the the map title say “the map of the netherlands” yer the the heading says belguim federation?

    • Belgica Foederata is Latin for the Republic of the Netherlands. The term Belgica has been in use for the low countries since the 1400s at least. The modern country of Belgium took its name from the Latin form.

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