Quick tip – Newspapers as gateway to other records

Newspapers sometimes announced important events in our ancestors’ lives. Knowing that an event took place can lead you to other records.


  • A family announcement may lead you to birth, marriage, or death records.
  • An announcement of a public auction of real or personal goods may alert you to possible notarial records.
  • A call for creditors to come forward may alert you to a bankruptcy.
  • A notice by a company that someone is no longer their agent may alert you to company records.
  • A list of arriving passengers may lead to to find the full passenger list.
  • A notice about an accident suggests there may be police records.

You can search many Dutch newspapers in Delpher.

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®, 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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