New book: Dutch Children of African American Liberators

A new book was just announced, written by Mieke Kirkels and Chris Dickon: Dutch Children of African American Liberators: Race, Military Policy and Identity in World War II and Beyond. … [Read more...]

Dutch Genealogy News for October 2020

Here are new websites and sources that were announced last month. Sources The Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum added several indexed and scanned notarial records from the east of Noord-Brabant from 1900-1925 to their website. See their announcement for a full list of places and dates. The New York State Archives created a new … [Read more...]

Archives to close again

Due to new COVID-19 measures, all archives, libraries, and museums in the Netherlands will be closed for a minimum of two weeks from 5 until 19 November 2020. After that, some will reopen by appointment while others will remain closed for the time being. The websites of the archives should remain functional. Check the website of the archives to see … [Read more...]

Dutch term – Stemmen

Stemmen means to vote. In the Netherlands, the right to vote was originally tied to owning property or personal wealth. It took until 1917 for all men to be allowed to vote. Women had to wait until 1919. … [Read more...]

Quick Tip – Spanish Flu in the Netherlands

The Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918 hit the Netherlands hard. Researchers have now used the information from civil registration records to analyze the data, including providing maps that show which areas were most affected. Unlike what you might think, rural and less densely populated areas were hit harder than the big cities. Read the analysis of … [Read more...]

Dutch term – Beleg

A beleg is a siege. During the Eighty Years' War (1568-1648), many cities were besieged by either Dutch or Spanish troops. In several cases, whole cities were burned to the ground, an in some cases the population was massacred. Read Five Ways the Eighty Years War Affected Your Ancestors for more information. … [Read more...]

Top 10 Websites for Research in the Former Dutch East Indies

Here are my favorite resources for research in the former Dutch East Indies, what is now Indonesia: Nationaal Archief The website of the National Archives of the Netherlands. Items of interest include: VOC: Dutch East India Company finding aid and images KNIL: Muster rolls of soldiers in the Royal Dutch East Indies Army. Finding aid … [Read more...]

Dutch term – Bron

Bron is the Dutch term for "source." The word also means "spring," in the meaning of a place where water naturally comes to the surface. … [Read more...]

Volunteers wanted! Indexing Dutch East India Company Records

The records of the Dutch East India Company (1602-1795) are kept at the National Archives in The Hague. The archives span 1.25 km / 0.78 miles. Many of these records are scanned and available from the finding aid. Description of the project To make the records easily findable the National Archives is participating in an ambitious project called … [Read more...]

Dutch term – Noord, Oost, Zuid, West

Oost-West [East-West] is the theme of the History Month in the Netherlands this year. The Dutch terms for the cardinal directions are: noord north oost east zuid south west west You may encounter these terms in deeds, where the location of the property is described in terms of its neighbors to the north, east, … [Read more...]