Quick tip – Find More Records via the FamilySearch Catalog

FamilySearch has many records from the Netherlands, available from the Netherlands Research Page. But that page only has the large record sets. FamilySearch is digitizing the microfilms in their granite mountain vault, and those images are sometimes available from the catalog only.

Example: Lichtenvoorde court records

Some of my ancestors are from Lichtenvoorde in the province of Gelderland. On the FamilySearch website, I can select Search > Catalog to search the catalog by place name.

By searching for the place name Lichtenvoorde, I will get an overview of all the resources that FamilySearch has for that town, both online and on microfilm. If I select the court records, I will find many links to digitized film, available online. I have already found several prenuptial agreements and guardian appointments, that helped me find out more about my family.

So next time you are looking for more records about your ancestor, be sure to check the FamilySearch Catalog for that town.

old farm

Kots farm in Lichtenvoorde. Credits: unknown photograher, collection Nationaal Archief (CC-BY)

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.

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