Quick tip – Your ancestor was not born in Elders

In some online trees, you will see “Elders” as the place of birth. This is typically the result of a person who does not speak Dutch finding the reference in a Dutch record. However, “Elders” is not a placename, it means “elsewhere.”

Boys looking up with binoculars

Boys searching. Credits: J.D. Noske, collection Nationaal Archief (CC-BY)

About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, CG® is a board-certified genealogist in the Netherlands. She has been doing genealogy for almost 30 years. Her expertise is helping people from across the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.

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