Dutch term – Kenteken

A kenteken is a license plate. The first license plates for cars and motor bikes were issued in 1898, a national registration. From 1906 to 1951, the provinces issued license plates. Some provinces have published databases with the issued license plates, sometimes with photos of the cars. License plate databases National license plates, … [Read more...]

Was Eleanor of Aquitaine my Ancestor? Generation 7 – Laurens Smulders

This is the eighth 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 third great-grandmother Dorothea Smulders was the daughter of Laurens Smulders. Laurens … [Read more...]

Dutch term – Landmeter

A landmeter is a surveyor. Landmeters were not only called in to record new borders, but also when there was a dispute about borders or property ownership. Their records can often be found in town records or in the court records. … [Read more...]

Illegal adoptions in Ireland

Last week, news broke that at least 126 illegal adoptions took place in Ireland since 1952. Fellow genealogist Fiona Fitzsimons from Ireland has posted guidelines how genealogists can assist in tracing Irish children in these circumstances on the Facebook page of the Britain, Ireland & the Isles Chapter of the Association of Professional … [Read more...]

Dutch term – Woensdag

Woensdag is the Dutch term for Wednesday. … [Read more...]

Dutch term – Armenjager

An armenjager is a poor hunter, an official charged with driving away beggars. By the end of the 1600s, poor economic conditions caused many people to turn to begging. Churches and towns provided for their own people, but strangers had no choice but to beg. To prevent these strangers from taking charity that could be used by the towns' own … [Read more...]

Dutch Genealogy News for May 2018

Here is an overview of the new sources, projects, and news about archives that were announced last month. Offline records Normally, we start this monthly overview by listing all the records that went online. Last month, most of the news has been about records that have gone offline: Many archives took the population registers for the period … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Rijksmuseum Public Domain Images

If you're looking for images to illustrate your family tree or give you a sense of what life was like for your ancestors, check out the website of the Rijksmuseum. Many paintings, drawings, and etchings from their collection have been scanned and may be downloaded for free and reused for any purpose since they are in the public domain. Try … [Read more...]

Column – Privacy

Today, a new privacy law went into effect: The General Data Protection Regulation, or its Dutch implementation, the "Algemene Verordening Gegevensbescherming." The new law requires a solid foundation for processing data of living people, especially when it concerns special personal data such as race or religion. The new law has larger fines, and … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Not all records of your 1800s ancestor may be public

If you are researching an ancestor who was born in the 1800s, you might assume that all their records are public because they were born more than 100 years ago. But that may not be the case. If your ancestor married after 1942, their marriage record is not public yet. Similarly, court records, notarial records, prison records, and many other … [Read more...]