Methodology Spotlight

Churchwarden accounts as a source for burial details

The decrees of the Council of Trent (1545-1563) were the start of a formal and structural registration of life events in the Roman Catholic Church. Soon after, the Dutch Reformed Church and other denominations started recording births, marriages and deaths too. Other – and sometimes older – documents might also refer to life events, for Read more…

Figures of Engelbert van Immerseel and his wife on their burial monument.
Methodology Spotlight

Were your ancestors buried in a church?

Usually we talk about records that are helpful for your Dutch genealogy or family history research. Today we want to show you how interesting it can be to visit (old) churches and to look around for monumental inscriptions. According to Wikipedia, a monumental inscription is “an inscription, typically carved in stone, on a grave marker, cenotaph, memorial plaque, church monument or Read more…