A long line of Lancelots

Among my ancestors is a long line of Lancelots. Not sir Lancelot du Lac, but my ancestors from the city of Breda (Lancelot, Lancelot, Lancelot, Lancelot and Lancelot) and Lancelot, the brother of my ancestor, and his son: Lancelot. When I first discovered the first Lancelot, I was intrigued by his name. Image my surprise…

My favourite photo

As per request, I will for once share a photo taken by my greatgreatgrandfather Adolf Adrianus Johannes “Dolf” van Engelen. He was my fathers’ mothers’ fathers’ father, and an amateur photographer in ‘s-Hertogenbosch between the late 1880s and early 1900s. There’s a lot of weird photos, cool group photos or very old family photos, but…

A fresh start

In November I started with a new job, a PhD at the Netherlands Demographical Institute (NIDI). Hermen Hermens Boschman, my mothers’ mothers’ mothers’ mothers’ fathers’ mothers mothers’ father, made a similar fresh start during the early 18th century. Jutphaas In the 18th century Jutphaas was a small farming town south of Utrecht, located in the…

Dutch Historical Regions

Whereas it might be difficult to split other countries into smaller regions, the Netherlands are neatly split into NUTS 2 regions (provinces) and NUTS 3 regions (COROP areas), which makes it easier for researchers to compare different parts of the country. In other countries such regions are not available, which poses a challenge to researchers:…

Dutch Migration Datasets

When it comes to registration and availability of Dutch migration figures, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) is the most important source of information. Aggregated figures are easily available through CBS StatLine. One thing I noticed during my research on Dutch migration, is that recent Dutch migration data is not located in just one single data set. With…