Map of the week – Maastricht, 1585

In 1585, Braun and Hogenberg published an atlas with maps of different cities in Europe, including many in the Netherlands. This map shows Maastricht. What is nice about these maps is that it shows the people in their local costumes. It shows all the houses in the city, and you can see the different expensions. The detail shows the main church in Maastricht, the St. Servaas. The blue color of the roof indicates it is an untaxed building, usually either religious or city buildings. You can see the old town wall next to the church.

Maastricht. Braun and Hogenberg, 1585, via Wikimedia commons (public domain)

Detail showing the St. Servaas church

About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, MLitt, CG®, QG™ is a professional genealogist, writer, and lecturer in the Netherlands. She has a Master of Letters in Family and Local History from the University of Dundee, and holds the Certification of Genealogist and Qualified Genealogist credentials. Yvette served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists and won excellence awards for her articles in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. Yvette has been doing genealogy for over 30 years. She helps people from across the world find their ancestors from the Netherlands and its former colonies, including New Netherland. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.


  1. Barbara Andersen says

    Congratulations, Yvette, you can be justly proud of all you have accomplished. I would be interested in your dissertation as to why people left The Netherlands in the 1870s. My great grandparents did that with 3 children. Two more children (including my grandmother- 1873) were born in the USA. I believe they came grom Groningen. Congratulations to you once again.

  2. F.Humphreys says

    Dear Yvette, congratulations en van harte! Quite an accomplishment with all your other duties. You are a monthly companion, always looking forward to your Dutch letter with information. Hartelijke groeten van Frederice Humphreys.

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