Quick tip – Check the records of neighboring towns

When you’re looking for records about your ancestors, don’t just limit yourself to the town where he or she lived but also check out the records of the neighboring towns.

One of my most amazing finds was a map I found in a German archive, created about a boundary dispute. It showed how my ancestor Tonnis Willinck being shot and killed, around 1593. If I had limited myself to Winterswijk records, I would never have found the image.

Read the whole story about the image of Tonnis Willinck’s death.

Place where Tonnis Willinck was shot

Place where Tonnis Willinck was shot. Credits: Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (CC-BY)

About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, CG® is a board-certified genealogist in the Netherlands. She has been doing genealogy for over 30 years. She helps people from across the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.

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