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Descendants of Rembrandt

This year we celebrate the anniversary of the death of one of the most famous Dutch painters, Rembrandt van Rijn. He died on 4 October 1669, thus 350 years ago. Anniversaries like this, especially of internationally known persons, are celebrated with lots of special activities. Not less than nineteen exhibitions are scheduled, in cities like […]

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Railroad Employees

Utrecht Archives have launched a new database, perfect for genealogists with Dutch ancestors! It contains personal details of almost 100,000 employees of Dutch railroad companies between 1836 and 1920. The database is available for free! Historical context The first railroad in the Netherlands was opened in 1839 and connected Amsterdam and Haarlem. Between 1842 and […]

Methodology

Ancestors in ‘cijnsregisters’

Yesterday I was talking with some members of the historical society in Loon op Zand, a small village in the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant. The five of us come together on a frequent basis to talk about our research, to look for new topics for articles or just to discuss interesting developments in the historical […]