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LOOKING FOR Dutch ancestors

Britain has close ties to The NeTherlands going back centuries and There are rich genealogy pickings if you want to start tracing your Dutch family. John Boeren provides an expert guide



A census (volkstelling) taker at The wagon of indigenous Dutch travellers in The NeTherlands in 1925

Genealogy has become incredibly popular in The NeTherlands, as in many oTher countries. Thousands of family history researchers visit Dutch genealogical websites on a daily basis, or make The trip to The nation’s archives and libraries.

Now that all of These Dutch genealogists are looking for Their family history, They also find out They have ancestors from oTher countries. It is quite normal for Dutch people to have roots in Belgium or neighbouring Germany. Or forefaThers may have come from France, wheTher or not as a Huguenot refugee. The NeTherlands also has tight connections with Scotland and Switzerland, two nations that provided many soldiers to assist The Dutch States-General with Their wars in The 17th and 18th centuries. And many families have roots in or ties with former Dutch colonies such as Suriname, Curacao or Indonesia.

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The wish to find out about your family history always begins with a question. That special something that you want to know about those who’ve come before you, that missing piece of the puzzle that you'd like to find about your own roots... So, because the internet is such a very valuable resource for hunting for these family history clues, this issue we’ve got a bumper guide to help your research. Read it and discover how to: 1. Search smarter and trace that family story. 2. Learn new search hacks and make new discoveries. 3. Get the low-down on searching the major family history websites. Lastly, you may notice something different this issue – our new look! Re-energised and packed as ever with know-how, advice and real-life tales, our revamp will provide you with fresh inspiration to find your family’s story.