The Netherlands has excellent records. Records of births, marriages, and deaths were kept by the civil registration since 1811 and by churches since the early 1600s. Genealogists who don’t look beyond these records may create trees that go back ten generations, but they can be bare or have mistakes. By expanding the research to lesser used sources, we can learn more about our ancestors’ lives and find evidence of family relationships to build reliable conclusions. Using examples from her own research, Yvette will demonstrate how to find and use court, notarial, military, and cadastral records, and other records you may not have used before. Find out if your Dutch ancestors owned property, what their occupations were, or even what they looked like. See them in the context of their families and associates, and understand their roles in the communities where they lived.
Yvette Hoitink, CG® is a professional genealogist, writer, and lecturer from the Netherlands who specializes in researching Dutch ancestors. Her Dutch Genealogy website (dutchgenealogy.nl) has helped millions of people find their ancestors from the Netherlands. Her articles appeared in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and other journals in the US and the Netherlands, and she served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists. In 2016, Yvette became the first board-certified genealogist in the Netherlands.