Yvette Hoitink, Certified Genealogist

Yvette Hoitink

BCG’s latest associate

I have just received news from the Board for Certification of Genealogists that my application for the Certified Genealogist® credential has been successful.

In the Netherlands, genealogy standards are mostly unknown. The solution to most genealogical problems is to search until we find direct evidence, which we generally have in abundance. It is rare to see a proof argument, even in reputable journals. This does not mean that the research is of poor quality, just that the methods and terminology have not been standardized.

There are few opportunities for advanced education in genealogy in the Netherlands. Through my research into Dutch emigration to the United States, I came into contact with the standards for genealogy as practiced in the US. They resonated with me as they overlapped with the best practices I had developed for myself. I saw how adopting these standards would raise the quality of my work. I submitted my portfolio to the BCG because I wanted to know if the way that I have incorporated these new insights into my work meets standards. As the only board-certified genealogist in the country, I hope to help many people find their ancestors from the Netherlands.

Some of the genealogists whom I most admire are certified by the BCG, and I am honored and excited to join their ranks. My thanks go out to Elizabeth Shown Mills, Judy Russell, Thomas W. Jones, Elissa Scalise Powell, Harold Henderson, Laurel Baty and all the other amazing BCG associates who were so generous with their time and advice while I was “on the clock.” They could not help with the portfolio, but they patiently answered procedural questions and nudged those of us who were ready for certification to submit our portfolios. I am happy that their trust in me was not misplaced 🙂

Certified Genealogist is a registered trademark and the designations CG, CGL, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer
are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by Board certificants who meet competency standards.
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.


  1. Congratulations, Yvette, CG! I love your blog, even though I have no Dutch ancestors.

    • William Simmons says

      Linda Stufflebaen, you do however have Palatine German in your ancestry. They came to N.Y in 1710.

  2. Congratulations Yvette, CG! I can see it was a lot of work to accomplish, but interesting at the same time. I enjoy reading your blog, my aunt was a war bride from Groningen.

  3. Fred Janssen says

    Congrats Yvette!
    Hard work pays off!!!

  4. Kathleen Gigante says

    Congrats!!! Yvette!!! What an accomplishment!!!!

  5. Many congratulations Yvette on becoming the first Certified Genealogist in the Netherlands. Well-deserved! You are a great example to others. Thanks also for being the first One-Placer in the Netherlands with your Bredevoort One-Place Study.

  6. Debra Noffman says

    Congratulations, Yvette! I had no doubt! I enjoyed having the opportunity to meet with you st SLIG in January.

  7. Congratulations! This is quite an accomplishment. Hope to see you again in January at SLIG.

    • Thank you! I probably won’t be coming back to SLIG for a few years at least. My descendant requires my attention even more than my ancestors, so this is not something I can do every year 🙂

  8. Congratulations! I hope this certification will boost not only the quality of your work, but also the demand for your work!

  9. Congratulations, Yvette! You so deserve this!

  10. Roy Rendall says

    Congratulations Yvette, well done. I hope you will continue your research and wish you every success for the future.

  11. Kirk Payne says

    Congratulations! Well deserved. With my wife’s ancestors all coming from the Netherlands your blog has been a great source of information and insight and you’re willingness to answer questions on the blogs has been most helpful. You are truly a professional in every sense of the word!

  12. Congratulations Yvette!

  13. Congrats Yvette! You are truly a Dutch genealogy ambassador!

  14. Dennis Brink says


    A wonderful congratulations to you. Sheryl and I always enjoy reading your emails and the knowledge that you continue to share with your audiences. We hope all is going very well for you (and the family) and do look forward to returning to the Netherlands again and maybe being able to touch base again.

    All the very best,

  15. Craig Sloane says

    Congratulations and well done Yvette!!

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