When you’re researching a new family, finding out what has already been published is a good first step. This includes finding online trees.
Websites with Dutch trees
- FamilyTreeSeeker. Search engine that searches many Dutch online trees, including those published on people’s own websites.
- GenealogieOnline. Most popular place for Dutch people to publish their trees.
- MyHeritage. MyHeritage is growing in popularity in the Netherlands, thanks to their free FamilyTreeBuilder software that is available in Dutch and their TV commercials around the Dutch version of Who Do You Think You Are.
- StamboomNederland. Family tree repository of the Central Bureau for Genealogy.
- WikiTree. Collaborative tree, which has several Dutch projects.
Reasons to use online trees
When using online trees, keep in mind that the quality may vary. Not all researchers have the same experience or standards, and some only copy what others have published. It is important to verify the information you find in online trees, as you should with any source. Even though they are not always correct, online trees can help you in your research:
- Verifying information is usually faster than finding it from scratch.
- If the tree has the parents of your brick wall ancestor, that will allow you to research from both sides.
- The tree may contain family records that are not available to you.
- The creator of the tree may be a distant cousin whom you can collaborate with.