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Dutch roots. Finding your ancestors in the Netherlands [Kindle Edition]

Rob van Drie , Suzanne Needs
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Book Description

Millions of people worldwide have Dutch ancestry. More and more of them are searching for their Dutch roots as the popularity of genealogical research grows. And thanks to the Internet, it is now much easier to conduct this kind of research.

This is why 'Dutch roots' gives centre place to research using the World Wide Web. Step by step, the author guides you through websites and provides information about the various Dutch archives and the major genealogical source documents (which are increasingly available online). 'Dutch roots' is the book to have for anyone wanting to research his or her Dutch ancestors!

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  • File Size: 25245 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie (April 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007RLGHPC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #700,891 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great source guide, not a how-to manual February 17, 2014
Dutch Roots: Finding your ancestors in the Netherlands is a book written by one of the best-known genealogy educators in the Netherlands, Rob van Drie. Rob’s experience shows in this 190-page book, that contains a comprehensive overview of the most important sources for genealogical research in the Netherlands. It is the first English book published about Dutch genealogy.

Records take center stage in this book. All major classes of records are discussed in a clear style that explain the context of the source and the type of information you can find in them. Well-chosen colorful illustrations support the text by showing the records, screenshots of online resources or historical images. The enormous wealth of potential information out there jumps off the page and makes you want to drive to the nearest archive and start looking for these records.

The chapter on names, in the middle of the book, deserves to be read as one of the first. It gives a great historical overview of the origins of first and last names in the Netherlands and discusses regional differences and naming patterns. The vocabulary list gives translations for common Dutch terms. An index would have made the book even more useful.

Since this is an English book, most of its readers will not speak Dutch or be able to visit archives in the Netherlands. This makes some of the records discussed in this book less appropriate than others. For example, the chapter about court records explains the intricacies of the Dutch legal system and record keeping, but that is not going to help you find your ancestors if you cannot understand what the records say, even if you were able to access a microfilmed copy at a Family History Library.
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