Quick tip – Turn the page!

In Dutch records, often only the right page is numbered. So if you see a reference for your ancestor at page 15 and can’t find her, turn the page and check the left side of page 16.

Often, this reverse page is designated like fol. 15v, with a v for “verso” [Latin for reverse] and “fol.” [folio] instead of p. [page]. But sometimes the numbers look like regular page numbers and don’t give a clue that the record could be on the reverse page. One place where I’ve noticed this happening is in Friesland civil registration records.

Bredevoort court records, with only the right page numbered.

Bredevoort court records, with only the right page numbered. Credits: Yvette Hoitink, photographed from Bredevoort, Judicial protocols 1598-1599, call number 61, fol. 6; Oud-Rechterlijk Archief Bredevoort, record group 3017; Erfgoedcentrum Achterhoek en Liemers, Doetinchem, the Netherlands.


About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, CG®, QG™ 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 diploma 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.

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