Quick tip – Don’t stop looking after they left

Don’t stop looking for your family in a town just because they don’t live there anymore. They may still own property there, have business partners there, or may be heirs of people who stayed behind. In notarial records, I often find references to children living abroad, for instance when one of their parents died and their estate needed to be divided.

If your ancestors emigrated from the Netherlands while one of their parents or unmarried siblings was still alive, make sure to check the death duties files for these relatives to see if your ancestor received a share of the inheritance.

Bird's eye view of Pella, Iowa

Bird’s eye view of Pella, Iowa. Credits: Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division (Public Domain)

About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, CG®, QG™ is a professional genealogist in the Netherlands. She holds the Certified Genealogist credential from the Board for Certification of Genealogists and has a post-graduate diploma in Family and Local History from the University of Dundee. She has been doing genealogy for over 30 years and helps people from across the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.


  1. Lois Hofmeyer says

    Good advice, and it’s nice to see the map of my hometown!

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