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 able to build a case to prove the parents of Griete Smit, as I wrote about in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly in December 2016.

plat map of Amsterdam 1832

Plat map of Amsterdam, 1832. Credits: Rijksdienst Cultureel Erfgoed, image MIN07005VK1 (CC-BY-SA)

About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink is a professional genealogist in the Netherlands. She has been doing genealogy for almost 25 years. Her expertise is helping people from across the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Read about Yvette’s professional genealogy services.

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