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.

Dutch term – Beste kleed

In burial records, you will sometimes see the reference to the "beste kleed" or "slechtste kleed." To someone unfamiliar with Dutch or using an automatic translator, that may look like somebody was buried in their best or worst clothes, but in fact the term refers to the lijkkleed or burial pall. The "beste kleed" was the best and most expensive … [Read more...]

Case study – Using Estate Inventories

In Winterswijk, Gelderland in 1754, Jan Hendrik Hilbelink was a widower with four young children, who wanted to marry again. Before being allowed to do so, he had to come to an agreement with the guardians of his minor children. He made an estate inventory of all the possessions of him and his late wife, Aaltjen Vriesen. Their children would be … [Read more...]

Dutch term – Eiland

An eiland is an island. The Netherlands has several islands, such as the Zeeland islands in the south-west and the Wadden islands in the north. But there used to be many more. Large parts of the mainland of the coastal provinces used to be islands. The waterways have since been dammed off and reclaimed from the sea. Modern examples of this … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Two New Netherland Articles Published

Two of my clients published articles in the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record (April 2017 issue) for which they used research I did for them:  Harry Macy, "Origin of the Amerman and Terhune Families, and their Founding Mother Geertje Dirks." This article includes research I did to identify the origins of Albert Terhune, patriarch … [Read more...]

Dutch term – Collaterale Successie

Collaterale Successie [Collateral Succession] is the situation where an inheritance goes to heirs in collateral lines, such as the siblings, aunts and uncles of the deceased, or their descendants. Many regions charged a tax on collateral successions, which was recorded in separate registers. These tax registers can give a good overview of the … [Read more...]

Dutch Genealogy News for July 2017

Here is an overview of new records and projects that were announced in the past month. Online Dutch Records Notarial records of the following municipalities in Friesland are now available via AlleFriezen, mainly for the 1920s and 1930s: St. Annaparochie, Balk, Beetsterzwaag, Bolsward, Drachten, Dronrijp, Franeker, Giekerk, Hardegarijp, … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Where did the name come from?

When you hit a brick wall, it might be worthwhile to look at all the names in the family. Can you account for all the names of the children? Could one of them be named after a grandparent or former spouse? Last names can provide clues about a place of origin. Different suffixes in surnames point to different regions. A matching name does not … [Read more...]

Column – Unnecessary

Many archival collections in the Netherlands have been cataloged in finding aids according to the principles of the nineteenth-century archivists Feith, Fruin, and Muller. Their Handleiding voor het ordenen en beschrijven van archieven [Manual for orderning and describing of archives] from 1898 states that a finding aid should merely provide an … [Read more...]

Dutch term – Tachtigjarige Oorlog

The Tachtigjarige Oorlog was the Eighty Years' War that lasted from 1568 to 1648. It was the Dutch war of Independence where the Dutch fought for independence from the Habsburg empire, ruled by the Kings of Spain. Read about Five ways that the Eighty Years' War affected our ancestors. … [Read more...]

Dutch Genealogy News for June 2017

Here are some of the new sources and websites that have become available to us in the past month. Online Dutch records The Regionaal Historisch Centrum Limburg published an index and scans of the population registers of Maastricht for 1860-1890. The index was created by volunteers at the VeleHanden [Many Hands] platform The West-Fries … [Read more...]