Quick tip – Check websites of local archives

When you're researching, don't limit your research to national or international websites like Open Archives or Ancestry. Also check the websites of local archives. Every municipality in the Netherlands has a contract with an archive to keep their records. This can either be an archive specific for that one municipality, or a regional archive that … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Check notaries in neighboring towns

If you are looking for notarial records, be sure to check in neighboring towns too. Unlike civil registrations or court records, there was no requirement to go to the notary in your own town. Sometimes, people lived in the countryside and the notary of a neighboring town was more convenient. Your ancestor could also appear in notarial records in … [Read more...]

Quick tip – “De” Names do not mean Huguenot

The prefix "de" in a name can be confusing. It means "the" in Dutch but can also mean "de" in French. People who have done Huguenot research often assume a "de"-name indicates a French or Huguenot origin. But when you're dealing with a Dutch family, think horses not zebras: your Dutch ancestor with a "de" name was probably Dutch. The most … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Who was the previous owner?

When you hit a brick wall and the ancestor whose parents you're looking for owned property, try and find out who owned the property previously. The previous owner may have been related, if the ancestor inherited the property, or may have created a sale or conveyance record that mentions your ancestor. For an example of how useful tracing the … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Was there a prenuptial agreeement?

In some cases, couples made a prenuptial agreement when they married. Often, this was the case when at least one of the spouses had assets to protect, or when one of the spouses was richer than the other. The typical arrangement was that if one of them died without children, that person would receive a sum of money while the survivor kept the rest. … [Read more...]

Quick Tip – Launch of Database “Voyages of New Netherland”

On 17 November, a new online database "Voyages of New Netherland" will be launched. It documents 300 ship voyages to New Netherland between 1609 and 1664. The New Netherland Institute and New York Genealogical and Biographical Society organizes a virtual launch session on 17 November 2020 at 5 PM. See the NYG&BS website for more … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Quick Tip – Archives Damage Atlas

The Metamorfoze program, a Dutch program to preserve and digitize archives and publications, published a damage atlas of archives (PDF). The atlas was published ten years ago but the contents are still relevant today. … [Read more...]

Quick Tip – Image bank at Archieven.nl

The website Archieven.nl presents archival descriptions, genealogical indexes, and image collections of several archives in the Netherlands. I love searching the image collections for places where my ancestors lived. I have found maps there, old photos of the streets where my ancestors lived, even the occasional school photo though unfortunately … [Read more...]