Quick tip – Learn about places from newspapers

You can learn a lot about the places where your ancestors lived from newspapers. You can see what was going on, read about Dutch settlements and find out about the people who were living there.

Many Dutch newspapers have been digitized by the Royal Library and are available at Delpher. Select “Kranten” [newspapers] to search the newspapers for the name of the town where your ancestors lived. Their selection includes several Dutch newspapers in North America in the 19th century. See Dispatch from Deuel for an example of such an article.

two soldiers reading a newspaper in front of their tents

Soldiers reading a newspaper. Credits: Eric Koch, collection Nationaal Archief (CC-BY)

About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, CG® 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 certificate 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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