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.

Five Resources for World War II Research

It can be hard to find out what happened to your family in World War II, since it was often not talked about. Here are some resources that may help you. Newspapers (Delpher) The newspaper website Delpher has many digitized newspapers from World War II and afterward. Some things to look for: Names of your ancestors during the war Names of … [Read more...]

Researching Relatives with Disabilities

A forty-four-year-old man lies buried in Winterswijk, the Netherlands. His grave has an ordinary marker, but with an unusual design: it has a toy on it. People who walk past it wonder why a grown man would have a toy depicted on his grave. They don't know that the man who rests there was my uncle, Dinant, who had severe mental … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Create a Property List

When you're researching a family who owned property, try making a list to see how they acquired it and where it went. Properties for which you can't find a purchase record may have been inherited from an older generation. Tracing the ownership of the property can help you identify other family members. This technique is one of the ways I was … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Watch Dutch Genealogy Webinar for Free

To celebrate the 500th webinar, Legacy Family Tree Webinars has a free access weekend from Friday 14 until Sunday 16 April 2017. The free webinars include Yvette Hoitink's Researching your Dutch Ancestors, which she presented in September 2015. Did you miss the free weekend? You can sign up for a membership. For $49.95, you can watch any of … [Read more...]

How to find out if your ancestor served in the Dutch army

Finding soldiers after 1811 If your male ancestor married between 1811 and 1932, the marriage supplements should have a declaration that he fulfilled his military duties. This declaration should show if the ancestor served or got an exemption. If you are lucky, the declaration will name the regiment. Another way to find out if your ancestor … [Read more...]

Dutch Genealogy News for March 2017

What's new in online Dutch genealogy this past month? New online records 700,000 marriage records from before 1811 from Gelderland were added to WieWasWie. Scans of marriage supplements of  the Frisian municipalities of Achtkarspelen, Aengwirden, Ameland, Baarderadeel, Barradeel, and Bolsward have become available at AlleFriezen. Other … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Mind the Chronology of a Population Register

When using population registers, pay attention to the different dates. A page in a population register shows who lived in a house during a period, usually ten years or so. Just because the people are listed in the same household, does not mean they actually lived in that house at the same time. Population registers have columns for birth, … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Inventories are Usually for Both Spouses

If you find an estate inventory of a deceased married person, beware that the property in the inventory is usually for the couple, not just the property that belonged to the deceased spouse.  If there was no prenuptial agreement, the husband and wife jointly owned all their property. The inventory would usually appraise all the property, of … [Read more...]

Column – Fake News and Alternative Facts

You see it everywhere online: fake news. Sensational stories, written to draw attention and gain clicks for ads. Fake news about the presidential candidates may even have influenced the US elections. Even in genealogy, it is often the less reliable information that draws our attention. Complete family trees can be found online, but may not be … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Dutch Genealogy Facebook page

Do you follow DutchGenealogy.nl on Facebook already? On the Facebook page, you can read all articles from the blog plus posts from other websites relating to Dutch genealogy and Dutch culture. Other ways to read the articles on DutchGenealogy.nl are the website, e-mail newsletter, Twitter, and RSS using an RSS-reader like Feedly. … [Read more...]