Quick tip – Deeds may have been recorded much later

In 1704, one of my ancestors had a dispute with his landlord. In the subsequent court case, both sides submitted copies of deeds into evidence. The oldest deed was from 1302, more than four centuries old at the time, allowing me to trace the history of that farm back more than seven hundred years. The original is now lost, the copy is all that remains.

When searching for records, it pays off to expand your search, not just geographically but also in terms of the period you are searching. The information you need might be recorded years, or even centuries, later.

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Court case involving Osinck in Winterswijk, 1704, with copy of 1302 record1

  1. Convent of Groot Burlo versus Jan Oissinck, 1704; Court of Bredevoort, Civil Cases, call number 200; digital images, FHL film 1801055 item 5, Familysearch (https://familysearch.org/search/film/007845211 : accessed 28 August 2016).
About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, MLitt, CG®, QG™ is a professional genealogist, writer, and lecturer in the Netherlands. She has a Master of Letters in Family and Local History from the University of Dundee, and holds the Certification of Genealogist and Qualified Genealogist credentials. Yvette served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists and won excellence awards for her articles in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. Yvette has been doing genealogy for over 30 years. She helps people from across the world find their ancestors from the Netherlands and its former colonies, including New Netherland. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.

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