Dutch term – Veer or Veerpont

A veer or veerpont is a ferry.

If you can’t find a person, try looking in the records on the other side of the ferry. People living on one side of the river may have normally used a ferry to go to church, but if the ferry was out during the winter or bad weather they might have had to go to another church to have their children baptized. People could have used the ferry to go to a market on the next island, and perhaps met a spouse there.

If your ancestor was a ferryman, you may find an appointment by the local government in town records.

city with a river and ferry in front

View of Grave, with a ferry in the front, 1679. Credits: Gaspar Bouttats, collection Rijksmuseum (public domain)

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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.

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