Patterns of emigration from the Achterhoek

This week I gave a presentation about patterns of emigration from the Achterhoek, based on my genealogical research. The presentation was part of the conference ‘The importance of history for Dutch-Americans’, organized by AADAS (the Association for the Advancement of Dutch-American Studies). Because I was not able to attend the conference in person, I pre-recorded it. I’ve now made the recording available online.

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.


  1. James Paul says

    Hello, your website is very informative and interesting. I am just starting my geneology discoveries. I have found ancestors born in “Lintevelde” (spelling?) in Gelderland, but I can’t find information on this town. Does it still exist? I have also found ancestors born in Groenlo, so maybe Lintevelde is/was located near Groenlo? Thanks for any information you can provide!

    -James Paul, St. Louis, Missouri

    • Hi James,
      Great to hear you found this website interesting. Lintvelde (not Lintevelde) is a hamlet a couple of miles to the north-east of Groenlo. See Google Maps. It is not a town, but rather a neighborhood of farms that formed a community. People from Lintvelde probably went to church in Groenlo, Borculo or Ruurlo, since Lintvelde did not have its own church as far as I know. Free transcribed church records from these towns can be found on Genealogiedomein.

      • James Paul says

        Makes sense. Thank you! I also found Beltrum listed as a birthplace, which I see is located in between Lintvelde and Groenlo. Very interesting. I’ll be back in touch once I do some more research. And will certainly need your assistance!

        • I hope to see you here again! Once you get to the time before 1811, be sure to check the article about Farm names, as people in this part of the Netherlands often called themselves after the farm they lived on and did not have a fixed surname.

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