Was Eleanor of Aquitaine my Ancestor? Generation 13 – Aleid Laureijs Colen

This is the fourteenth post in a series about my possible line of descent from Eleanor of Aquitaine. In the first post, I explained how I discovered the possible line, and how I am going to verify it one generation at a time. In the last post, I proved that my ninth great-grandfather Laureijs Denis Peters was the son of Denis Peters, also known as … [Read more...]

Dutch term – Pokkenbriefje

A pokkenbriefje is a pox letter, given by a doctor to confirm that a child has been vaccinated against the pox. In 1823, a new law required all children to submit a pokkenbriefje before they were admitted in school. Pokkenbriefjes can sometimes be found in school records. … [Read more...]

Quick Tip – Van der Aa’s Gazetteer

Van der Aa's Aardrijkskundig Woordenboek der Nederlanden or geographic dictionary of the Netherlands is a dictionary in 14 volumes that appeared between 1839 and 1854. It contains descriptions of all geographical names in the Netherlands. For cities, towns, and villages, it will give a description of its location, the population including the … [Read more...]

Dutch term – Selectielijst

A selectielijst literally means a selection list. Archives publish selectielijsten to announce their retention policies for records created by a specific government agency. For each series on the list, it will indicate whether it will be permantly preserved or after how many years it will be destroyed. The selectielijsten are put up for public … [Read more...]

Dutch Genealogy News for November 2018

Here is an overview of the new sources, projects, and news about archives that were announced last month. Online sources The Bosch' Protocol, the court records of 's-Hertogenbosch, has been indexed and is now searchable for the periodd 1501-1793 via the Erfgoed 's-Hertogenbosch website. Volunteers entered 350,000 records from 27,000 scans. … [Read more...]

Dutch term – Octrooi

An octrooi is a patent. Historically, octrooien were not just required to protect inventions, but also to enter into certain types of businesses, similar to what we'd call a permit today. An octrooi could also grant permission to publish a book in a certain area. Octrooien can often be found in the records of the landlords or the government. … [Read more...]

Free Alternatives for ZoekAkten

The website ZoekAkten used to provide convenient waypoints to online images of Dutch records, mainly at FamilySearch but also at other websites. Unfortunately, the creator of the website decided to pull the plug, so the website is now offline. There are several other websites that help you find online records: FamilySearch > Catalog and … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Are the Pages in the Right Order?

For an article I'm working on, I was studying a woman's neighbors to see if their records could help me identify her parents. I noticed that the neighbors in a transcription that I used were different from the neighbors on the scans on the archive's website. It turns out the transcription had transcribed the pages in a different order. The person … [Read more...]

Quick Tip – Check for Marriage Booklets in Your Family

If your family lived in the Netherlands after say 1850, check your family papers to see if there is a marriage booklet ("trouwboekje"). These booklets are given to the spouses during the marriage ceremony and record the information about the spouses. It is then updated when children are born or when the spouses die. See the article about my … [Read more...]

Dutch term – Prentbriefkaart

A prentbriefkaart or ansichtkaart is a postcard. Postcards became popular in the early 1900s. Old postcards can give you a good idea of what the town looked like when your ancestors were living there. It's also worth asking family members if any of them have old postcards. Among the papers I inherited from my grandfather and grandmother were … [Read more...]