Dutch term – Dinsdag

Dinsdag is the Dutch word for Tuesday. The "Derde Dinsdag" [Third Tuesday] in September is the start of the parliamentary year, when the Crown announces the plans. … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Are There Scans of that Unindexed Record?

If you can't find a record for your ancestor by searching for their name, see if the records have been scanned but not indexed yet. It's much quicker to scan a record that it is to index it. Indexing requires people to read the names and type them into a database. This is time consuming so millions of records have been scanned without being … [Read more...]

Dutch term – Recht van Windvang

The recht van windvang is the right to catch the wind. It's a right of a windmill owner to prevent owners of neighboring properties to build high structures that interfere with the operation of the mill. … [Read more...]

Dutch Genealogy News for August 2018

Here is an overview of the new sources, projects, and news about archives that were announced last month. Online sources The area around Maastricht, Limburg has been added to HisGis, the historical geographical information system. You can click on a plot to see the owners. The population register of Haarlem, Noord-Holland for the period … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Search Family Papers First

When you're researching a line, first check what records might be available in your family. When I was researching my grandfather Johannes Marijnissen, my mother had several interesting records about him: an old passport, his marriage booklet, military discharge papers, an extract of his death record, and family photos. Since … [Read more...]

Ask Yvette – Should I Take a DNA Test?

Last month, I blogged about my ethnicity predictions, which were wildly off. As a result, several people have asked me: Should I take a DNA test if they are so unreliable? My answer? Absolutely! You see, a DNA test gives you two types of results. On the one hand, it gives you the ethnicity predictions. This feature has the most curb appeal … [Read more...]

Dutch term – Trein

A trein is a train. The first railroad in the Netherlands was opened in 1839, between Amsterdam and Haarlem. Other railroads quickly followed and by the end of the 1800s, passenger travel by rail had supplanted travel by barge. Many emigrants leaving through the ports of Rotterdam, Amsterdam, or Antwerp took the train to the harbor. … [Read more...]

Four Degrees of Separation

Randy Seaver offered the following Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge: Using your ancestral lines, how far back in time can you go with FOUR degrees of separation? That means "you knew an ancestor, who knew another ancestor, who knew another ancestor, who knew another ancestor." When was that fourth ancestor born? Here is my line: I knew … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Dates in Population Registers May Be Incorrect

If you're using population registers, keep in mind that these registers were often copied from older registers and may contain copy errors. The birth dates mentioned in them were often not written close to the time of birth, and the informants may have made mistakes. If you find a birth date in a population register, always verify that … [Read more...]

Was Eleanor of Aquitaine my Ancestor? Generation 9 – Jan Smulders

This is the tenth post in a series about my possible line of descent from Eleanor of Aquitaine. In theĀ first post, I explained how I discovered the possible line, and how I am going to verify it one generation at a time. In theĀ last post, I proved that my fifth great-grandfather Hendrik Smulders was the son of Jan Smulders and Catharina … [Read more...]