Dutch term – Boedelhouder

A boedelhouder literally is an estate keeper; the person who keeps possession of the estate of a deceased person until the estate is settled and divided. If the deceased was married, the boedelhouder would typically be the surviving spouse. … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Use & in Open Archives

If you are using Open Archives for your research, try searching for two persons at once by using the & operator. Example: Hendrik Hoitink and Johanna Piek Let's say I am looking for my ancestors Hendrik Hoitink and Johanna Piek. Searching for Hendrik Hoitink gives me 404 results. Searching for Johanna Piek gives me 1,456 results. That's a lot of results to wade through! Most of them will be irrelevant. However, if I search for Hendrik Hoitink & Johanna Piek, I get just 49 … [Read more...]

Dutch term – Oorspronkelijke Aanwijzende Tafel

An Oorspronkelijke Aanwijzende Tafel or Original Indicator Table is a ledger of the cadastral administration. It was created in 1832 to show the owners of the plots at that time, when the cadastral administration was introduced. It is organized by municipality and section, and lists all the property owners in that section, or order of plot number. It is commonly abbrevated as OAT. See Cadastre - Original Indicator Table for more information about this source and how to use it. … [Read more...]

Instructor at SLIG Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum!

I am excited to announce that I will be one of the instructors for the Advance Evidence Analysis Practicum at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy this Fall! The practicum is a six-week virtual course, where every week, a new instructor will introduce a case. Students will then work by themselves to solve it, and at the end of the week, they will discuss the outcome. The instructor will then show how they solved the case. This allows students to compare strategies to see what worked and what … [Read more...]

Dutch term – Muuranker

A muuranker [literally: wall anchor] is a wall tie, a piece of iron that is used to secure the outer wall to the timber frame of a building. If you are visiting a town where your ancestors lived, either in person or on Google Streetview, and see wall ties, you know it's an older house (say, before 1850). Some houses with wall anchors have timber frames that go back to the medieval period, when the frames would be filled with wattle and daub but have since been replaced with … [Read more...]

Quick tip – If you wanted it or needed it…

Easy rule of thumb for working with Dutch records: If you wanted it or needed it, there probably was a tax on it. Marriage tax. Window tax. Hearth tax. Beer tax. Tobacco tax. Servant tax. Petrol tax. Dog tax. Real estate tax. Genealogists must be the only people in the world who like taxes, because of the wonderful records they created! … [Read more...]

WikiTree Challenge – Yvette Hoitink

This is going to be fun. I have been invited for the WikiTree Challenge. WikiTree is a collaborative tree, where everybody contributes their knowledge, like Wikipedia for genealogy. Each week in 2021, a team of WikiTreers is collaborating on the tree of a special genealogy guest star. They want to make their genealogy here more accurate and complete than it is anywhere else. This week it is my turn! I look forward to seeing what they will find. On my father's side, all my brick walls are … [Read more...]

Dutch Genealogy News for May 2021

This is an overview of new sources, projects, and other news that was announced last month. Sources Erfgoed 's-Hertogenbosch added scans of the Smulders card catalog of the court records of Den Bosch to their website. These cards index the aldermen's court records before 1811. The Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum added photos by Martien Hermsen to their online image collection. These photos show the area around Mill in World War II. A new index was published of the Admission … [Read more...]

Virtual Dutch-American Conference

AADAS, the Association for the Advancement of Dutch-American Studies, is holding a virtual conference: Telling, Sharing, and Preserving Dutch-American Stories on 18 and 19 June 2021. Registration is free for AADAS members. The keynote speaker will be Dr. George Harinck, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, who specializes in the cultural history of Dutch Protestantism in the 19th and 20th centuries and has published widely on this topic. Other speakers include Suzanne Sinke, Mary Risseeuw, Penny … [Read more...]

Certification renewed – Are you ready to become certified?

Great news: my Certified Genealogist® credential was just renewed for another five years! I have been a board-certified genealogist for five years now, as the first and so far the only genealogist in the Netherlands. Every five years, we have to show our work still meets standards by submitting a portfolio with work samples to the Board for Certification of Genealogists. I submitted a case study and one of my Eleanor of Aquitaine blog posts. I have submitted the case study for publication in … [Read more...]