I’ve been researching my family for about 10 years now, and I got excited when I saw the article on Dutch research in your May 2010 issue. My father’s side of the family is of Dutch heritage, and my mother’s side has a little as well. I grew up in the traditionally Dutch village of South Holland, Ill., a suburb of Chicago.
There are two free websites I use on a regular basis in my research that you didn’t include in the article: AlleGroningers <www.allegroningers.nl
> and AlleFriezen <www.allefriezen.nl
>. They’re strictly for the provinces of Groningen and Friesland in the Netherlands, and they both have searchable databases for birth, marriage and death registers. The websites are in Dutch but are easily translated with a service such as Google Translate <translate.google.com
>. The sites have images of most of the registers, so you can see what the handwritten pages with your ancestors’ vitals look like. They’ve been very helpful for me, and I hope they can provide a missing Dutch ancestor for someone else.
David Meyers » Lockport, Ill.