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.

My Favorite Websites for Finding Dutch Photos

In response to last week's article about the term bakker/bakkerij, Doris Waggoner asked how I found the photos I use to illustrate the articles on this website. I thought other people might like to read my response, so I am repeating it here and will include some links to my favorite photo sites. I never have any trouble finding photos. I used … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Common Spelling Variations in Dutch names

If you can't find the name you're looking for, try a spelling variation. Most Dutch search engines only find exact matches, so playing around with variations and wildcards may be necessary to find the person you're looking for. Knowing the different spellings of certain sounds in words can help. Examples of spelling … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Why Did He Die Elsewhere?

Sometimes, you will find a death record that shows your ancestor died in a different place from where he was living all his life. Common reasons are: He was in a hospital receiving care. He was institutionalized in a mental hospital. This sometimes happened to elderly people who suffered from dementia. He was in jail. He was there … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Netherlands featured at Western European Family History Conference

Next week, the Family History Library presents a week-long free conference about Western European Research. Each day focuses on a different country: Monday 15 May: Germany Tuesday 16 May: France Wednesday 17 May: The Low Countries Thursday 18 May: The Netherlands Friday 19 May: Switzerland. You can either attend in person in … [Read more...]

Dutch Genealogy News for April 2017

Here are some of the new websites and resources that have become available to us in the past month. Online Dutch records In Friesland, five thousand cards that recorded the hiding places of people in World War II were discovered. These include Jewish people and people who were involved in the resistance. The cards have been scanned and … [Read more...]

Five Resources for World War II Research

It can be hard to find out what happened to your family in World War II, since it was often not talked about. Here are some resources that may help you. Newspapers (Delpher) The newspaper website Delpher has many digitized newspapers from World War II and afterward. Some things to look for: Names of your ancestors during the war Names of … [Read more...]

Researching Relatives with Disabilities

A forty-four-year-old man lies buried in Winterswijk, the Netherlands. His grave has an ordinary marker, but with an unusual design: it has a toy on it. People who walk past it wonder why a grown man would have a toy depicted on his grave. They don't know that the man who rests there was my uncle, Dinant, who had severe mental … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Create a Property List

When you're researching a family who owned property, try making a list to see how they acquired it and where it went. Properties for which you can't find a purchase record may have been inherited from an older generation. Tracing the ownership of the property can help you identify other family members. This technique is one of the ways I was … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Watch Dutch Genealogy Webinar for Free

To celebrate the 500th webinar, Legacy Family Tree Webinars has a free access weekend from Friday 14 until Sunday 16 April 2017. The free webinars include Yvette Hoitink's Researching your Dutch Ancestors, which she presented in September 2015. Did you miss the free weekend? You can sign up for a membership. For $49.95, you can watch any of … [Read more...]

How to find out if your ancestor served in the Dutch army

Finding soldiers after 1811 If your male ancestor married between 1811 and 1932, the marriage supplements should have a declaration that he fulfilled his military duties. This declaration should show if the ancestor served or got an exemption. If you are lucky, the declaration will name the regiment. Another way to find out if your ancestor … [Read more...]