Quick tip – Use “PROX” in Delpher

Delpher is the website where you can find newspapers, magazines, and books published in the Netherlands. Because of the huge amount of sources on this website, you will often get many results.

You can do a more specific search by searching for two terms that must appear near each other with the PROX parameter. Examples:

  • Hoitink PROX Nijkerken (combining the last names of an ancestral couple)
  • Hoitink PROX Winterswijk (last name + place of residence)
  • Hoitink PROX Berkstraat (last name + street name)
  • Hoitink PROX begrafenis [funeral] (last name + specific event)
  • Hoitink PROX rechtbank [court] (last name + organization that may have created records)

This will only find sources where the two terms appear near each other, rather than on opposite ends of a book or paper.

Newspaper announcement of the death of G.J. Hoitink, De Tijd, 22 February 1942

About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, CG® 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 certificate 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. Donna Jones says

    Thank you for the great information, Yvette.

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