Dutch term – Slachtoffer

The word slachtoffer means "victim" or "casualty." On 4 May, the Dutch commemorate the casualties since World War II. The 4 May date was chosen because 5 May is Liberation Day, the anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands on 5 May 1945. We commemorate before we celebrate. Two years ago, I was at the National Genealogical Society … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Website War Lives

The website War Lives documents the lives of people during World War II using original records from the period. The website shows a time line for each person, and links to the sources that were used to compile the information. Sources include war graves, databases of prisoners in camps in the Netherlands and the East Indies, documentation … [Read more...]

Dutch term – “Ut Supra”

The term ut supra means "as above." It's actually not Dutch at all but Latin. It's used in records sometimes as a shorthand when the writer doesn't want to keep repeating the same information. When you see the term, you have to look at the previous entries to see what information it replaces. Example This question came up in the Dutch Genealogy … [Read more...]

Early Warning Signs: My LEGO Census

I started doing genealogy when I was fifteen years old, but there were early warning signs. From about age 4 to 12, I loved playing with LEGOs. We had an old dining room table in the attic that was exactly 3x5 LEGO street plates large, that I used to build my LEGO city. Originally, I liked building the houses, but pretty soon I was making up … [Read more...]

Dutch term – Fout

Fout means "wrong" or "error." Dutch records are pretty reliable in general but we should always look for multiple independently created original records to prevent one error from leading us astray. In World War II, the word¬†fout got a special meaning. It was used to indicate people¬†who collaborated with the Germans. Many of them were prosecuted … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Achterhoek resources at Genealogiedomein

The website Genealogiedomein has resources for research in the eastern part of Gelderland, the area known as the "Achterhoek." Available resources include: Transcribed church records before 1811 Transcribed civil registration records after 1811 Indexed census records Indexes or transcriptions of court records Indexes or … [Read more...]

Dutch term – Binnenlandse Strijdkrachten

Binnenlandse Strijdkrachten or Domestic Armed Forces was a resistance organization in World War II. During World War II, there were many resistance local organizations working all over the country. When the liberation of the Netherlands started in September 1944, these organizations merged to form the Binnenlandse Strijdkrachten. Head of the … [Read more...]

Finding Maritime Ancestors from the Netherlands

People from the Netherlands have always lived with water. Many of our ancestors made a living from the sea: as sailors, marines, fishermen, or traders. Here are some websites and sources that can help you find your maritime ancestors. Websites VOC sailors, database of people who sailed on ships of the Dutch East India Company. West India … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Blaeu atlas

I love to use old maps to see where my ancestors lived. One of the highlights in the history of cartography is the world atlas created by Willem Blaeu in 1662. Erfgoed Leiden, the archives in Leiden, have digitized their Blaeu atlas. You can browse the atlas via Bladeren door Blaeu [Browse Blaeu]. Klik the pink button "Start met Bladeren" to … [Read more...]

Dutch Genealogy News for March 2020

Here is an overview of the new sources, projects, and news about archives that were announced last month. Sources The National Archives has made several of their publications available online, in the finding aid of the archive-of-the-archives. Publications include atlases for the Dutch East Indies and West India Company, archival guides to … [Read more...]