Quick tip – If you wanted it or needed it…

Easy rule of thumb for working with Dutch records:

If you wanted it or needed it,
there probably was a tax on it.

Marriage tax. Window tax. Hearth tax. Beer tax. Tobacco tax. Servant tax. Petrol tax. Dog tax. Real estate tax.

Genealogists must be the only people in the world who like taxes, because of the wonderful records they created!

Tax shield from Rotterdam, about 1800. Credits: Museum Rotterdam (public domain)

About Yvette Hoitink

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

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