Pane-Joyce Netherlands Ancestors
I've folded in my reports on Dutch ancestors to my general reports. See
Pane-Joyce Report. Also, see the main genealogy page.
Ancestor table for
Wilhelmina Cornelia Hamelink (1891-1986).
Sources for Dutch genealogy resources on the web.
In the few
years a lot has appeared on the web. Here are the most useful places I've found.
- GenLias, the State Archives Genealogical Search Program at http://www.genlias.nl/. Unfortunately, it's been moved to WieWasWie. This database includes records from all the provinces of the Netherlands. Mostly there are civil records including marriage and death records, and some birth records, mainly form the last of the 18th century to the early 20th century.
You used to be able to access the records in either English or Dutch. No longer.
Learn how to enter a query to get just what you want. That will take some
experience. If you know the province or town, then you can restrict the search
to exclude unwanted results, but sometimes you don't know, or perhaps you're
interested in two or more provinces, so you can't restrict the search. Learn
how to use patronymics. In the early period some families didn't have surnames,
so use the patronymic in place of a surname, but many did, and the combination
of surname and patronymic can help restict your search to make it more manageable.
Also, restrict the range of years to get only relevant replies.
Once you've got a long list of replies, it's sorted it by year, but you can have
it resorted by some other field if you like
Sometimes you don't get some records you want, so you can enter just the
beginnings of names and mark the "beginning with" checkbox. This can be very important
since endings of names are quite variable. No doubt, you'll
get too much, but at least you'll have what you want.
- The Zeeuws Archief (Zeeland Archives) has an online search feature at Zeeuwen Gezocht, http://www.zeeuwengezocht.nl/. It's the best place for civil records of Zeeland from the the last of the 18th century to the first part of the 20th. Many marriage and death records, both civil and church records, lists of inhabitants, emigrant records, and mortgage registers. You can access the records either in English or Dutch.
A lot of the records are the same ones you can find at GenLias, but, of course,
only the records of Zeeland are at the Zeeuws Archief. Usually, a little more
of the original record is transcribed into the Zeeuws Archief, namely, occupations
and other notes, so if you know it's Zeeland you want, you'll probably want to
start with the Zeeuws Archief.
The modifications to the queries you can make at the Zeeuws Archief are useful,
so take a little time to see just how to use them. For one thing, you can add an
exclamation point to a surname to pick up similar names (something like soundex
equivalents). For instance, if you enter "Keukelaar" for a surname, that's all
you'll get, but if you enter "Keukelaar!" you'll also get Quakkelaar, Kwakkelaar,
and even Kögeler, and some of those others might be the ones you're looking for.
- Tresoar, the Frisian Historical and Literary Center, at
http://www.tresoar.nl/. Click on the British flag in the upper right corner of the page to get the English version of the web page (only headers appear in English, so it's not so useful), then click on "Genealogy" in the left panel to access the databases. It's especially useful for baptismal and marriage registers before 1911.
- There are some church records (baptisms, marriages, and burials)
in the databases mentioned above. Here are a few more places
I've found on the web. This is not a comprehensive list, just the
ones including some towns I'm interested in.
- Herman de Wit's GeneaScript at
http://www.geneaknowhow.net/script/index.html includes a variety of resources for the
Netherlands and Belgium
such as passenger lists, baptisms, marriages, burials. It's grown over the years.
- Some towns in Drenthe, including IJhorst-De Wijk, Koekange, Ruinerwold
Staphorst, & Zuitwolde, at
- geneaknowhow.net at
includes loads of links of resources for genealogical resources for the Netherlands
- Cyndi's List at
http://www.cyndislist.com/, of course, has
- Don't forget search engines. There's lots on the web that you can find only through a search engine. You'll also find loads of personal reseach that others have done on their ancestry.