Dutch term – Voornoemd

In records, you sometimes see a reference to someone, "voornoemd." That means "aforesaid," the same person as mentioned before. For example, the beginning of the record may introduce Jan Jansen as the guardian of Janna Derksen. Further on in the record they may refer to "Jan Jansen, voornoemd," which refers to the Jan Jansen that was already … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Who was the previous owner?

When you hit a brick wall and the ancestor whose parents you're looking for owned property, try and find out who owned the property previously. The previous owner may have been related, if the ancestor inherited the property, or may have created a sale or conveyance record that mentions your ancestor. For an example of how useful tracing the … [Read more...]

Dutch term – Verklarende niet te kunnen schrijven

In civil registration records, the informants of birth and death records and the bride and groom and their parents in marriage records, as well as the witnesses, are asked to sign the record. If the people were illiterate, this will be noted in the final sentences of the record. Often you will see a sentence like "verklarende de moeder van de … [Read more...]

Dutch Genealogy News for November 2020

Here are new websites and sources that were announced last month. Sources The Historisch Centrum Overijssel has digitized several Overijssel notarial records 1836-1925. The scans are now available via the finding aid. The contemporary indexes ("repertoires") of the notarial records from The Hague (1843-1935)¬†have been scanned and are … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Was there a prenuptial agreeement?

In some cases, couples made a prenuptial agreement when they married. Often, this was the case when at least one of the spouses had assets to protect, or when one of the spouses was richer than the other. The typical arrangement was that if one of them died without children, that person would receive a sum of money while the survivor kept the rest. … [Read more...]

Eight Dutch Naming Patterns to Watch Out For

Understanding how Dutch people named their children or themselves will help you solve your family mysteries. Here are eight Dutch naming patterns to watch out for. Naming children after grandparents Many Dutch children were named after their grandparents, often in a specific order: the first son after the paternal grandfather, second son … [Read more...]

Video – Black in Rembrandt’s Time

Museum Rembrandthuis created an exhibition "Black in Rembrandt's time." Rembrandt portrayed several black people in his paintings and drawings. The museum has brought these portraits together. This video gives a virtual tour of the exhibition. Closed captions are available in English. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTRI161zY_g … [Read more...]

Silk WWII Escape Map

In World War II, pilots and their crew took cloth maps on missions over enemy territory to be able to find their way back in case they wound up behind enemy lines. Cloth maps don't tear when they get wet or make noise and can be hidden more easily than paper maps. Most of them were made from silk or rayon. … [Read more...]

Call for Papers – Dutch American Stories

AADAS, the Association for the Advancement of Dutch-American Studies, has issued a call for papers for their virtual conference on 18-19 June 2021. The theme of the conference is Telling, Sharing, and Preserving Dutch-American Stories.¬† Read the Conference Call for details. … [Read more...]

Quick Tip – Launch of Database “Voyages of New Netherland”

On 17 November, a new online database "Voyages of New Netherland" will be launched. It documents 300 ship voyages to New Netherland between 1609 and 1664. The New Netherland Institute and New York Genealogical and Biographical Society organizes a virtual launch session on 17 November 2020 at 5 PM. See the NYG&BS website for more … [Read more...]