Quick tip – Search Family Papers First

When you’re researching a line, first check what records might be available in your family.

When I was researching my grandfather Johannes Marijnissen, my mother had several interesting records about him:

  • an old passport,
  • his marriage booklet,
  • military discharge papers,
  • an extract of his death record,
  • and family photos.

Since my grandfather was born less than 100 years ago, these  family papers provided information that would not have been available to me otherwise.

Passport of Jan Marijnissen

Passport of Jan Marijnissen

About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, MLitt, CG®, QG™ is a professional genealogist, writer, and lecturer in the Netherlands. She has a Master of Letters in Family and Local History from the University of Dundee, and holds the Certification of Genealogist and Qualified Genealogist credentials. Yvette served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists and won excellence awards for her articles in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. Yvette has been doing genealogy for over 30 years. She helps people from across the world find their ancestors from the Netherlands and its former colonies, including New Netherland. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.

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