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®, 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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