Dutch term – Zomer

Zomer means summer.Traditionally, summer was the time for harvesting. Even outside the summer holidays, school attendance was lower in the summer in rural areas, because children were kept home to help bring the harvest in. Summer is a nice period to visit the Netherlands, although popular tourist destinations can be overcrowded. Opening hours … [Read more...]

Q&A – Lesser Used Records for Research in the Netherlands

After the webinar on Lesser Used Records for Research in the Netherlands I did earlier this week, there were several interesting questions. I answered some of them in the Q&A session after the webinar. Since several of those referred to websites, I thought I'd answer them here as well. [Note: If you use the link to the webinar to view it, I … [Read more...]

Webinar Lesser Used Records for Research in the Netherlands online (limited time)

On Tuesday 16 July 2019, Yvette Hoitink presented a BCG webinar on "Lesser Used Records for Research in the Netherlands." The webinar is now available for free for a limited time. You can watch the webinar at FamilyTreeWebinars for free for a week after the recording. After that, it is available via pay-per-view or subscription. The webinar … [Read more...]

Dutch term – Beroep

The beroep is the occupation of your ancestors. Knowing the beroep not only gives you some insights into your ancestors lives, but can help you in your research since different occupations created different types of records. See the article How to Find your Dutch Ancestor's Occupation for more information. … [Read more...]

Dutch term – Nakomeling

A nakomeling (literally: one who comes after) is a descendant. It's a term you may encounter in wills or endowments, for example when certain branches of the family get an inheritance or rights to a recurring payment or other provision. … [Read more...]

Coming up – Webinar about Lesser Used Sources for Research in the Netherlands

On Tuesday 16 July 2019, Yvette Hoitink will present a webinar about "Lesser Used Sources for Research in the Netherlands." The webinar is part of the Board for Certification of Genealogist series of webinars at FamilyTreeWebinars. The Netherlands has excellent records. Records of births, marriages, and deaths were kept by the civil … [Read more...]

Dutch Genealogy News for June 2019

Here is an overview of the new sources, projects, and news about archives that were announced last month. Online records The burgher records of Zierikzee for 1302 to 1810 are now available via the Zeeuwen Gezocht section of the Zeeuws Archief website. Tholen prison records (1830-1888) have been scanned and indexed and are now available at … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Some records may be in French (1795-1813)

From 1795 to 1813, the Netherlands was under French rule. As a result, some of the records created in this period were in French. This includes the earliest registers of the civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths. The civil registration was introduced in 1811 in most parts of the country, and as early as 1794 or 1795 in parts of … [Read more...]

Records of Pilgrims in Leiden now on DutchGenealogy.nl

When the Pilgrims fled religious persecution in England, they settled in Leiden. They lived and worked in Leiden, and some married there or had children baptized there. They left for America on the Mayflower in 1620, but not after leaving traces in Dutch records. The Leiden Archives has transcribed several of these records. They used to be … [Read more...]

Dutch term – IJzergieterij

An¬†ijzergieterij is an iron foundry. Especially during the industrial revolution in the 1800s, iron and steel became an important building material and ingredient for many items. The first foundry started in 1689, to supply arms to the army. By the late 1800s, dozens of foundries operated throughout the Netherlands. They were essential to the … [Read more...]