Seven ways to find sources on FamilySearch

FamilySearch is a vast website with genealogical information, including many sources for research in the Netherlands. FamilySearch is a free genealogy website, and requires a free registration. Many people are familiar with the website, but don't realize all the different ways you can find information there. Here are my seven favorite ways to find sources on FamilySearch. Search records You can search records by name. This will find records that have been indexed, which includes many … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Guest blog post on FamilySearch

Yvette Hoitink wrote a guest blog post on FamilySearch about How to Use Dutch Records on FamilySearch. Read about the amazing records that can be found online. Millions more Dutch records will be added in the coming weeks.   … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Find More Records via the FamilySearch Catalog

FamilySearch has many records from the Netherlands, available from the Netherlands Research Page. But that page only has the large record sets. FamilySearch is digitizing the microfilms in their granite mountain vault, and those images are sometimes available from the catalog only. Example: Lichtenvoorde court records Some of my ancestors are from Lichtenvoorde in the province of Gelderland. On the FamilySearch website, I can select Search > Catalog to search the catalog by place … [Read more...]

Where to find Dutch genealogy records online

So you found out that your immigrant ancestor is Dutch. Perhaps you notice that the websites that you normally use don't have many Dutch records. Where do you go go next? Here are my favorite free websites to find records of our Dutch ancestors. All these websites provide free access to indexes, although some will charge to access or download scans. WieWasWie WieWasWie [Who Was Who] is the largest genealogy website of the Netherlands. It has indexed records and links to scans from many … [Read more...]

Column: One tree

Familysearch allows you to collaborate on an integrated family tree that joins everyone, like a Wikipedia for deceased persons. The idea is that genealogists can reach consensus about people: about the dates and places of events, but more importantly about relationships between people. Users can cite or upload sources to support their conclusions. At first, I was enthusiastic. It seemed wonderful to collaborate on interesting puzzles with several genealogists, based on sources we would all … [Read more...]

News from the Netherlands – June 2014

'News from the Netherlands' is a new monthly series on this blog to inform you about the best new websites, projects and books that help you find and understand your Dutch ancestors. New websites The Brabants Historical Information Center has a new website (Dutch only). The 'Stamboom' [Family Tree] page has several indexes, some with scans attached. They are considering making that page available in English. [Source: BHIC] The Historical Center of Leeuwarden has a new website (Dutch … [Read more...]

Quick tip: Use Zoekakten.nl to find Dutch records on Familysearch

UPDATE: Zoekakten no longer works. See Free alternatives for Zoekakten. Zoekakten.nl is a new website that took over from the popular service Genver.nl. Zoekakten (literally: search records) provides you direct links to record sets of Dutch sources in Familysearch, such as birth, marriage and death records of the civil registration, population registers and baptismal, marriage and burial records from churches before 1811. To find a record, follow these steps: Select the two-letter … [Read more...]

Quick tip: Use Genver to find Dutch records on Familysearch

UPDATE 11 June 2014: The website Genver.nl has been discontinued, the service to find records is now available at Geneal-IX.  Familysearch.org has a tremendous amount of digitized records from the Netherlands: Church records Civil registration records (births, marriages, deaths) Census records and population registers Not all records are available for all towns and finding out exactly what is available can be cumbersome if you just use the Familysearch website. … [Read more...]