Celebrating 1,000 Dutch Genealogy Posts!

It blows my mind, but this is the 1,000th post I've written for this blog. I started the website in 1993 as a links website, and changed it to a blog in 2005. Some of the early articles I wrote are still among the most popular.   Most popular posts The most popular posts of all time have been: Top 10 most common Dutch surnames (2013). This page by itself generates about 8% of my page views. Why the Little Dutch Boy Never Put his Finger in the Dike (2017). How to Find the … [Read more...]

Celebrating 25 years of genealogy

Twenty-five years ago, I was a teenager in high school. I had lost my grandfather the year before. We were looking forward to a new addition to our family: My cousin was pregnant with her first child. My aunt told me it could be twins, since our deceased grandfather had a twin brother. I had never heard anything about this and had always thought opa was an only child. I was a bit freaked out by the idea that I could run into my dead grandpa's twin at any time. I asked my grandmother, and she … [Read more...]

Column – The future of Genealogy

This year, I am celebrating my twenty-fifth anniversary as a genealogist. During this time, we saw the change from paper to digital. Will we see as many changes in the next twenty-five years? Here are my predictions for genealogy in 2041. In the future, it will not be possible to visit an archive in person anymore. The most popular sources are available online. The originals are stored in a central repository; separate archives have been eliminated to save costs. If you want to … [Read more...]