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...]

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 … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Investigate gaps between children

If you are researching a family before in the period before modern birth control methods, a gap in children is worth investigating further. Possible reasons for the gap include: You may not have found all the children yet. For example, the family may have lived elsewhere, and you have not consulted the birth or baptismal records there. … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Are you Searching for the Right Name?

There can be different reasons why you can't find the person you're looking for. Perhaps they were from a different town, or the record you need doesn't survive. But they could be hiding under a different name. Before the introduction of the civil registration (1811 in most parts of the Netherlands), there was no requirement for a hereditary … [Read more...]

Quick tip – What Other Sources Are There?

When you get stuck, ask yourself what other records were created in the time and place your ancestors lived, for example: Did the town or village create records? Often, you can find townsfolk in town minutes, tax records, records about the town's defense, etc. Was there a landlord or manor that created records? Were there tax records, … [Read more...]

Quick Tip – How did they Meet?

When you're researching your ancestors, ask yourself how they met their spouse. If they're both from the same town, you will probably not be able to figure it out, since there would have been many opportunities. Even so, you might find them working for the same farmer, as I did for my 2nd great grandparents. If they lived in different towns, … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Free DNA Upload to MyHeritage

If you are interested in using DNA to find your Dutch ancestors, make sure your DNA is in the MyHeritage genetic database. MyHeritage is the most popular DNA service in the Netherlands, and as a result, it is the place where you are most likely to find Dutch matches. MyHeritage also offers great tools for analyzing your DNA, such as Theories of … [Read more...]

Quick Tip – Dutch Topics at RootsTech Connect

RootsTech, the largest genealogy show in the world, will be going virtual this year. The event will take place from 25 until 27 February 2021, non-stop. You can watch live, or catch the recordings later on, via RootsTech.org (no special software needed). Registration is free. Dutch topics The following topics should be of interest to people with … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Was your ancestor in prison?

Too often, we think our ancestors were like us. We find it hard to imagine they would break the law and don't even look for prison records. However, lots of people got in trouble with the law; especially if they were poor. In the nineteenth and part of the twentieth century, if people could not pay a fine, they could end up in prison. … [Read more...]

Quick Tip – Genetic Groups at MyHeritage

MyHeritage introduced Genetic Groups, a new way to predict your ethnicity. I manage four Dutch kits from people from four different parts of the Netherlands, and they're all spot on. For my own kit, it predicts three genetic groups with high confidence: Netherlands (Gelderland and Overijssel) Netherlands (North Brabant) and Belgium … [Read more...]