About this website

Creating a website like this is a fun activity. There are so many options, so many choices. What do visitors want? What do I want? In this blog I will describe some of the things I encounter in developing and maintaining this website.

Quick tip: Find magazines and journals on Delpher

Many out-of-copyright magazines have been scanned and are available via Delpher. Delpher has digitized over 5.7 million pages from 470 magazines since the 1800s. Some categories are: Government publications, such as the Staatsblad van het Koningrijk der Nederlanden [National journal of the Kingdom of the Netherlands], where new laws and … [Read more...]

Was Eleanor of Aquitaine my Ancestor? Generation 18 – Johanna van Wijfliet

This is the nineteenth post in a series about my possible line of descent from Eleanor of Aquitaine. In the first post, I explained how I discovered the possible line, and how I am going to verify it one generation at a time. In the┬álast post, I proved that my fourteenth great-grandmother Barbara Willems Pijlijser was the daughter of Willem Jans … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Use the Dutch Genealogy Search function

Do you have a question about Dutch Genealogy? This website contains almost a thousand articles about Dutch sources, terms, and research strategies. Try searching for your term in the search box in the top right corner of the website. Examples: English versions of Dutch first names Using search engines How to find my immigrant ancestor … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Search without the last name

If you can't find the person you're looking for, try searching without the last name. Before 1811, last names were not fixed in many parts of the country. People may appear in records using farm names (in the eastern part of the country) or patronymics (everywhere else), or even under a different last name. By searching for other characteristics, … [Read more...]

Quick Tip – Dutch Genealogy at The Genealogy Show in Birmingham, UK

Mark your calendars: on 7 and 8 June 2019, The Genealogy Show will be held in Birmingham, UK. There will be two talks featuring research in the Netherlands: On Friday 7 June, John Boeren will give a presentation about "How to Start Your Research in the Netherlands." On Saturday 8 June, Yvette Hoitink will give a presentation about … [Read more...]

Was Eleanor of Aquitaine my Ancestor? Generation 17 – Barbara Willems Pijlijser

This is the eighteenth post in a series about my possible line of descent from Eleanor of Aquitaine. In the first post, I explained how I discovered the possible line, and how I am going to verify it one generation at a time. In the┬álast post, I proved that my thirteenth great-grandmother Claesken Peters die Paep was the daughter of Peter Claesen … [Read more...]

Ask Yvette – What happened to the population registers from the 1900s?

Several readers have asked me about population registers from the 1900s that they used to be able to view, but are no longer available. In May 2018, a new privacy law was introduced that was more strict about sharing information about people who may be alive. As a result, the Association of Municipalities in the Netherlands (VNG) recommended to … [Read more...]

Quick tip – “Alhier” and “Elders” are not place names

Sometimes, you will encounter the term alhier and elders in a record to indicate a place of origin or residence. These are not place names, but mean "in this location" and "somewhere else," respectively. Hattip to Ellee Brooks who gave the "elders" tip in a comment. … [Read more...]

Dutch Genealogy News for March 2019

Here is an overview of the new sources, projects, and news about archives that were announced last month. Online sources "Time machines" for various towns in Friesland (Leeuwarden, Sneek, Sloten, Balk, Joure) were added to HisGis. This geographical information system allows you to see who owned which properties through time. Zelandia … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Is that an every-name index?

Not all indexes include everybody in the record. Examples of indexes that miss people are: Indexes of baptisms, that include the child and parents but not the witnesses Indexes of deeds, that only index the grantor but not the grantee, or list both the grantor and grantee, but not the neighbors mentioned in the record Indexes of … [Read more...]