Quick Tip: If they enjoyed it or needed it, there was a tax on it

Throughout the history of the Netherlands, various levels of government have taxed items that the residents needed or enjoyed. The taxes vary over time and place. Examples of taxes that have been levied in the Netherlands at different times and places: Hearth tax Salt tax Spice tax Horse tax Mill tax Income tax Real estate … [Read more...]

Ten Trends in a Decade of Dutch Genealogy

As we are nearing the end of the 2010s, I thought it would be nice to look back on the past ten years to see how much genealogy in the Netherlands has changed. 1: Growth of online scans At the start of the decade, many archives had indexes online but often without scans. The drop in prices for scans and storage have caused a great boost to … [Read more...]

Dutch term – Hinderwetvergunning

A hinderwetvergunning is a nuisance permit. The hinderwet [nuisance law] dated from 1875 and set rules about business activities that could provide a nuisance, danger or harm to the environment and required that such businesses needed a permit. The law was replaced in 1993. Examples of businesses requiring a hinderwetvergunning are: … [Read more...]

Dutch Genealogy News for November 2019

Here is an overview of the new sources, projects, and news about archives that were announced last month. Online sources About half the records from the Aldermen's Court of Tilburg and Goirle (1408-1811) are now available via the Regionaal Archief Tilburg. The Regionaal Archief Tilburg added several more charters to their charterbank. The … [Read more...]

Dutch term – Baljuw

A baljuw [bailiff] was an official who represented the ruler of the region and had the highest jurisdiction. They usually received a fixed salary and a share of the fines. Other terms for this function are drost or drossaard.  Baljuws were appointed by the ruler. You can sometimes find these appointments in the records created by the ruler, such … [Read more...]

Source – Bankruptcy files

If someone is unable to meet his financial obligations, the court can be asked to declare him bankrupt. The court appoints a curator who inventories the debts and assets of the bankrupt person, who the creditors are, and how they can best be paid. When everything is settled, which could take years, the bankruptcy is ended. Bankruptcy … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Use Geneal-IX to find Dutch records

The website Geneal-IX provides handy links organized per province and place to scans of records, including civil registration records, population registers, church records, and address books. These records may be available via FamilySearch or websites of archives. … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Trace enslaved people by their owners

If you are researching enslaved people in the former Dutch colonies like Suriname and the Netherlands Antilles, you need to trace their owners. Enslaved people created few records themselves, but their owners may have created records that mention them. Here are some examples of records created by owners that may include enslaved people: … [Read more...]

Dutch term – Studiezaal

The studiezaal is the reading room. Most archives in the Netherlands have a reading room. Opening hours may vary, some smaller reading rooms are open by appointment only. Thanks to large digitization projects and scanning on demand services, visiting reading rooms in person is often not necessary anymore since most of the research can be done … [Read more...]

Poor relief in the Netherlands in the 1600s

In the 1600s, poor relief was a local affair. There was no national social security system. Larger cities had poor masters who administered a fund to support the poor residents of the city. In the countryside and smaller cities, the deacons of the protestant church had the responsibility to aid people in need. Even people who did not belong to … [Read more...]