Quick tip – Use & in Open Archives

If you are using Open Archives for your research, try searching for two persons at once by using the & operator.

Example: Hendrik Hoitink and Johanna Piek

Hendrik Hoitink and Johanna Piek

Hendrik Hoitink and Johanna Piek

Let’s say I am looking for my ancestors Hendrik Hoitink and Johanna Piek. Searching for Hendrik Hoitink gives me 404 results. Searching for Johanna Piek gives me 1,456 results. That’s a lot of results to wade through! Most of them will be irrelevant.

However, if I search for Hendrik Hoitink & Johanna Piek, I get just 49 results, all relevant.

You can also use the Advanced Search to search for two people at once, but I find the & parameter even easier to use.

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Search results for Hendrik Hoitink & Johanna Piek

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Yvette Hoitink, CG® is a board-certified genealogist in the Netherlands. She has been doing genealogy for almost 30 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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