About this website

Creating a website like this is a fun activity. There are so many options, so many choices. What do visitors want? What do I want? In this blog I will describe some of the things I encounter in developing and maintaining this website.

Quick tip – NGS Recordings Now Available for Purchase

Last week, I attended the National Genealogical Society Family History Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where I gave three presentations. These recordings and those of many other speakers are now available for puchase via PlayBackNGS. My recordings: "Dutch Genealogy 101: Finding Your Ancestor From the Netherlands" "For Family, … [Read more...]

Commemorating the Dead

On 5 May 1945, the Germans capitulated and World War II was over for the people of the Netherlands. Every year on the fifth of May, we celebrate our freedom. But before we can celebrate, we need to commemorate. Because our freedom came at a price. About 200,000 Dutch men, women, and children lost their lives during World War II. More than … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Don’t Confuse Cousins, Nieces, and Nephews

In Dutch, the word neef can mean either nephew or male cousin, while the word nicht can mean either niece or female cousin. Automatic translators sometimes translate the terms with nephew and niece only, which can lead you to the wrong conclusion about family relationships. … [Read more...]

Five Places to Find Dutch Trees

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 … [Read more...]

Was Eleanor of Aquitaine my Ancestor? Generation 5: Gerardus van den Heuvel

This is the sixth post in a series about my possible line of descent from Eleanor of Aquitaine. In the first post, I explained how I discovered the possible line, and how I am going to verify it one generation at a time. In the last post, I proved that my great-grandmother Cornelia Francisca van den Heuvel was the daughter of Gerardus van den … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Researching Living People Needs Their Collaboration

Dutch privacy laws are strict and restrict access to records of people born less than 100 years ago. If you are searching for living people, they will be the only ones who can access their records. Their cooperation and permission is also necessary if you want them to take a DNA test for you. See the article on proving my descent from my … [Read more...]

Dutch DNA Testing Strategy

So you're of Dutch descent and want to take a DNA test to find cousins in the Netherlands or learn more about your ancestors. How do you go about doing that? In general, Dutch people are guarded about their privacy. Many people in the Netherlands have very complete trees because of the excellent records and don't feel the need for DNA testing. … [Read more...]

Changed location for the Dutch Genealogy Meet-and-Greet at NGS on 3 May 2018

The National Genealogical Society Family History Conference will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan from 2-5 May 2018. Several presenters including myself will be giving talks about Dutch Genealogy (see the full program). I have already heard from several blog and newsletter readers who plan on coming and can't wait to meet you there. To be able … [Read more...]

Dutch Genealogy Meet-and-Greet and Dinner at NGS in Grand Rapids on May 3rd

The National Genealogical Society Family History Conference will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan from 2-5 May 2018. Several presenters including myself will be giving talks about Dutch Genealogy (see the full program). I have already heard from several blog and newsletter readers who plan on coming and can't wait to meet you there. EDIT: The … [Read more...]

Dutch Genealogy News for March 2018

Here is an overview of the new sources, projects, and news about archives that were announced last month. Online records Many civil registration records from the Dutch East Indies have been published by FamilySearch and can be accessed via the Catalog and place name. Access to these scans is limited to Family History Centers, where they can … [Read more...]