About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, CG® is a board-certified genealogist in the Netherlands. She has been doing genealogy for almost 30 years. Her expertise is helping people from across the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.

Dutch Genealogy News for April 2021

This article gives an overview of the new sources, websites, and other archives news that was announced last month. Sources The National Archives of the Netherlands published 1.9 million scans relating to slavery.  The image collection of the municipality of Haaren is now available at the website of the Regionaal Archief Tilburg. The … [Read more...]

Dutch term – NSB-er

An NSB-er was a member of the Nationaal Socialistische Beweging [Nationalist Socialist Movement] in the Netherlands before and during World War II. The NSB was the party that welcomed the German occupation and collaborated with the nazis. During World War II, NSB membership was a requirement for many public offices, including being appointed as … [Read more...]

Was Eleanor of Aquitaine my Ancestor? Generation 26 – Margaret countess of Flanders

This is the twenty-seventh 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 twenty-second great-grandfather Guy of Dampierre, Count of Flanders, was the son of … [Read more...]

Dutch term – Echtgenoot/Echtgenote

An echtgenoot is a male spouse. The female equivalent is echtgenote. You may encounter the term in death records, where someone is listed as the echtgenoot or echtgenote of someone else. The use of echtgenoot/echtgenote indicates that the spouse is currently living, otherwise the deceased would be listed as the weduwnaar [widower] or … [Read more...]

Sources about Slavery – 1.9 Million Records Online

Important archives about slavery, including the role of the Dutch in the slave trade and enslaved people in Dutch colonies, have been digitized over the past years. 1.9 million scans have now become available from institutions in the Netherlands, England, Guyana, and Suriname. The sources can be accessed from a new page at the website of the … [Read more...]

The Genealogy Show 2021 Line-up

Exciting news! I will be speaking at The Genealogy Show, a wonderful genealogy event in the UK that will be virtual this year. My presentation is Dear Me! Writing Research Reports to Yourself. I will be using an example of a Dutch family who emigrated to the United States to show you how you can take your research to a higher level by writing … [Read more...]

DNA Painter adds Level-Up Challenge as Dimension!

DNA Painter, the website with all sorts of cool tools for people interested in genetic genealogy, added the level-up challenge I wrote about in January as a dimension to their family trees. You can import your tree or build it from scratch, and then add a dimension to your tree to manually indicate the research level for each ancestor. See Jonny … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Are you Searching for the Right Name?

There can be different reasons why you can't find the person you're looking for. Perhaps they were from a different town, or the record you need doesn't survive. But they could be hiding under a different name. Before the introduction of the civil registration (1811 in most parts of the Netherlands), there was no requirement for a hereditary … [Read more...]

Symposium Sources of Slavery and Slave Trade

Do you want to learn more about researching enslaved ancestors or the slave trade? A free symposium on 23 April 2021 with various lectures will discuss the research possibilities in archives and practices for museums. A panel will reflect on increased accessibility and possible uses of sources relating to slavery. The symposium is organized by … [Read more...]

Quick tip – What Other Sources Are There?

When you get stuck, ask yourself what other records were created in the time and place your ancestors lived, for example: Did the town or village create records? Often, you can find townsfolk in town minutes, tax records, records about the town's defense, etc. Was there a landlord or manor that created records? Were there tax records, … [Read more...]