Quick tip – Open Journals

If you are interested in reading about Dutch history, check out the website Open Journals. It provides open access to several journals, including: BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review Early Modern Low Countries Historical Life Course Studies The Rijksmuseum Bulletin TSEG - The Low Countries Journal of Social and Economic History Articles in these journals are in various languages, many in English. … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Check the finding aid or catalog for scans

When you are searching for your ancestors, it's tempting to stick to searching for their name in an online index. But only a small fraction of records have been indexed. A larger part is available online as images that have not been indexed yet. These images are often available via the catalog or finding aids on the website of archives. Look for terms like inventarissen or archieven. In some cases, the records have not been scanned yet, but the catalog or finding aid has a button to order … [Read more...]

Dutch terms – “Huis en erf” and other land uses

In cadastral records and land records, you will often find a description how the land was used. Here are the most common terms. Dutch term English translation armenhuis poorhouse boomgaard orchard bos wood bouwland farmland gemeentehuis town hall hakhout coppiced wood heide heath hooiland hay land huis house huis en erf house and … [Read more...]

Seven ways to find sources on FamilySearch

FamilySearch is a vast website with genealogical information, including many sources for research in the Netherlands. FamilySearch is a free genealogy website, and requires a free registration. Many people are familiar with the website, but don't realize all the different ways you can find information there. Here are my seven favorite ways to find sources on FamilySearch. Search records You can search records by name. This will find records that have been indexed, which includes many … [Read more...]

Dutch term – Hoedenmaker

A hoedenmaker is a hat maker. … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Beware of chapter 1

If you're lucky, your literature research may reveal a book published about your family done by genealogists in the past. Writing such books was popular in the nineteenth century, especially for prominent families, or descendants of early settlers of a colony, for example. Several such books exist for New Netherland settlers. In many of these early books, chapter 1 is where the author tries to sketch the early history of the family. This is where you find claims of royal descent, of … [Read more...]

Dutch term – Afstamming

Afstamming means descent. For example, I am trying to prove my afstamming from Eleanor of Aquitaine. The word afstamming is used for biological or legal descent. Like in English, the type of descent is often not made explicit.   … [Read more...]

Dutch Genealogy News for June 2021

This is an overview of new sources, projects, and other news that was announced last month. Sources Village records from Berkel, Enschot and Heukelom (1579-1813), Hilvarenbeek (1392-1810) and Oisterwijk (1390-1814) have been digitized. Scans can be found in the finding aids at the Regionaal Archief Tilburg website (links in blogpost). Cadastral records from Limburg since 1842 are available via Aezel. Scans of manumission records from Curacao are now available via the finding aid of … [Read more...]

Dutch term – Plattegrond

A plattegrond is a plan or map. You can often find plattegronden of a house or larger areas in image collections of archives or the Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed (Culturel Heritage Service). I am currently doing a House History module at the university of Dundee, for which I am studying the history of a house in Bredevoort. As part of the research I found a plattegrond of the house in the collection of the Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed. This plan showed the situation in … [Read more...]

Best Websites for Old Maps of the Netherlands

I love old maps. They give a snapshot of what the area looked like where my ancestor lived and are great illustrations for publications about my ancestors. Here are some of my favorite places to find old maps. City Atlas of Braun and Hogenberg, 1572 The City Atlas of Braun and Hogenberg covers cities in all of Europe. The 1572 atlas is available via the Utrecht University Library website. Blaeu atlas 1649 The Blaeu atlas from 1649 has maps of each region in the … [Read more...]