About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink is a professional genealogist in the Netherlands. She has been doing genealogy for almost 25 years. Her expertise is helping people from across the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.

What Dutch DNA Looks Like – 2018 edition

In 2016, I wrote a blog post comparing the ethnicity predictions between the three largest providers of DNA tests. Since then, some companies have changed their algorithms and I've tested with two more companies. Time for an update! I've kept the original article as-is so we can compare how the predictions change over time. To recap, according … [Read more...]

Dutch term – Zaterdag

Zaterdag is the Dutch word for Saturday. In the early to mid 1900s, Saturday was a work day for men and a half school day for children. It wasn't until the 1960s that the five-day work week became common. … [Read more...]

Dutch Genealogy News for June 2018

Here is an overview of the new sources, projects, and news about archives that were announced last month. Online sources An index and scans of the slave registers of Suriname from 1851-1863 were published at GahetNA. The index and scans from the period 1830-1851 will follow later this year. The website GenealogieDomein published several … [Read more...]

Quick tip – The Legal Father May Not Have Been the Biological Father

If a child is born out of wedlock, it is possible he or she was later legitimized when the mother married. Legally, the mother's husband would then be the father. But that doesn't mean he was the biological father. In these situations, there are several things you can do to verify if the legal father was also the biological father: You can … [Read more...]

Ask Yvette – How to Record Place Names

Dutch Genealogy reader Linda had the following question: In my research, the locations for some births/deaths, etc. are confusing. I'm finding, "Lellens, Ten Boer, Groningen, Netherlands" or just "Ten Boer, Groningen, Netherlands". ALSO "Stedum, Loppersum, Groningen, Netherlands" or just "Loppersum, Groningen, Netherlands", and once, "Stedum, … [Read more...]

Dutch term – Nageslacht

The Dutch term nageslacht means offspring or progeny; the descendants of a person. … [Read more...]

Quick Tip – Use “Netherlands” rather than Holland or NL

When recording Dutch place names in your genealogy program, use "Netherlands" rather than "Holland" or "NL." "Holland" is not the name of the country, but of a former province, now split into North-Holland and South-Holland. Some programs in the past tried to resolve Holland and ended up changing it to "Reusel-De Mierden, Noord-Brabant, … [Read more...]

Dutch term – Kenteken

A kenteken is a license plate. The first license plates for cars and motor bikes were issued in 1898, a national registration. From 1906 to 1951, the provinces issued license plates. Some provinces have published databases with the issued license plates, sometimes with photos of the cars. License plate databases National license plates, … [Read more...]

Was Eleanor of Aquitaine my Ancestor? Generation 7 – Laurens Smulders

This is the eighth post in a series about my possible line of descent from Eleanor of Aquitaine. In theĀ first post, I explained how I discovered the possible line, and how I am going to verify it one generation at a time. In theĀ last post, I proved that my third great-grandmother Dorothea Smulders was the daughter of Laurens Smulders. Laurens … [Read more...]

Dutch term – Landmeter

A landmeter is a surveyor. Landmeters were not only called in to record new borders, but also when there was a dispute about borders or property ownership. Their records can often be found in town records or in the court records. … [Read more...]