22 August 2016

Online Dutch Archives & Records

It is hoped that this article will be a handy resource for anyone who is fortunate enough to have Dutch ancestry. The Dutch have phenomenal genealogical records. Not just their civil records such as births, marriages, and deaths, but also for their church records. In 1811, all provinces (states) of the Netherlands were required to record all births, marriages, and deaths. Church records such as baptisms, marriages, and burials are the necessary records to search before 1811. Church records may date back into the 1500s.

Genealogists looking to research Dutch records will be glad to know that many of these records are accessible online. Not just indexes and transcriptions of the records but many times a scan of the actual record is available; for free also. All archives' websites are different so the researcher will not know until the sites are searched.

Below is a list of online archives that I have book marked. Many of these sites have been used by me and some have not. The archives are organized by the province that they are within. A few of the larger, mainstream, and informative sites that might be sought after are listed first.

Larger and Popular Sites
National Archives of the Netherlands

Church Records
Access to church records on Family Search by province

Archives in Province of Drenthe

Archives in Province of Friesland

Archives in Province of Gelderland
Gelderland Archief
Regional Archief Zutphen
Achterhoek & Liemers
Regional Archief Nijimegen
Regional Archief Rivierenland

Archives in Province of Groningen
Gemeente Archief Hoogezand-Sappemeer

Archives in Province of Limburg
All Limburgers
Gemeente Archief Venlo
Archief Venray
Gemeente Archief Weert

Archives in Province of Noord Brabant
West Brabant Archives
Regional Archief Tilburg
Breda Archives
Regionaal Historich Centrum Eindhoven
Altena Archief
Gemert-Bakel Archief
Waalwijck Archief
's Hertogenbosch Archief

Archives in Province of Noord Holland
Noord Holland Archives
Westfries Archive
Regional Archive Alkmaar
Zaanstad Archive
Vecht en Venen

Archives in Province of Overijssel
Historical Centre Overijssel
Gemeente Archief Kampen

Archives in Province of Utrecht
Utrechts Archief
Archives Eemland
Utrecht Archiefnet

Archives in Province of Zeeland
Zeeland Archief
Gemeente Archief Schouwen-Duiveland
Gemeente Archief Goes
Gemeente Archief Tholen

Archives in Province of Zuid Holland
Rotterdam City Archives
Delft Archief
Stadarchief Rotterdam
Voorne-Putten & Rozenburg
Rijnland Archief
Rijnstreek en Lopikerwaard
Regional Archives Dordrecht
Den Haag Archives
Leiden Archives
Vlaardingen Archives
Schiedam Archief

12 August 2016

Deutscher Kreiger Vereine

This is not a post that I like but I feel the need to get it out. In January 2015, I posted a short article on the Deutscher Kreiger Vereine or DKV. In the post I attached a picture of one of the last remaining DKV flag holders in the area that I knew of. Over time there were some questions that readers emailed me regarding the DKV. One reader emailed me a few months ago and notified me that the DKV flag holder was missing from the gravesite. I mentioned perhaps the family removed it to clean it up or repair it. Recently I traveled to the cemetery where the flag holder was located and it was still missing as of last week. It is hoped that my article did not draw attention to it and then someone stole it. Either way if the family did not remove it, shame on whoever took it.

06 August 2016

New Video detailing work at the Evangelical Protestant Cemetery

A new seven minute video was created and is located at the bottom of this blog. The video was created by my daughter on her cell phone and it shows the work and effort that has been put into reclaiming the Krumkill Road Evangelical Protestant Cemetery. We just finished rehabbing an area in the cemetery that we are calling the Civil War grove. Numerous Civil War vets and their wives are buried there. With so many vets buried in this area, we decided to work on their gravestones first.

Many thanks go out to those who have aided this project in one way or another. A thank you goes out to Julie who recently gave a donation towards this project. Thank you!

31 July 2016

Evangelical Protestant Cemetery Update

Summer is here and much work has been accomplished at Albany's Evangelical Cemetery on Krumkill Road. Numerous gravestones have been repaired, cleaned, and up righted. A full update as to what has been happening at the cemetery can be found on the blog of the Friends of the Evangelical Protestant Cemetery.

Aside from cemetery restoration work, I am still researching my genealogy. Haven't blogged in a while do to being busy with other things; but an exciting recent find in my genealogy research was to find the marriage record for one of my 10th great grandparents, Walterus Adrianus van Spreuwel and Adriana Adrianus Joannes Tijmans. They were married in Hilvarenbeek, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands on 24 November 1598. The year of their births are being estimated to be circa 1575. I must admit that my belief that genealogy records from the Netherlands and Belgium are bar none some of the best around. Many of their records are available online at various Dutch archives on the net. Indexes and actual scans of the original records are available most of the time. A list of online Dutch resources will be posted at a later date.

Finally, a June solo genealogy road trip to Kansas City/Wellsville/Hayes Township Kansas was very productive. Much info was gained from the trip and I was also able to meet one of my distant cousins, Terry. I am still in the process of going over this info, scanning items, and recording data in my genealogy software. A full synopsis of the trip and its findings will be the focus of an upcoming blog post.

13 May 2016

Genealogy Programs at Excelsior College

Recently I discovered that the Center for Professional Development at Excelsior College offers two online non-credit certificate programs in genealogy. The courses are Genetic Genealogy and Practicum in Genealogical Research. Both courses are for 16 weeks and cost $1595.00. Excelsior is offering a 10% discount for NEHGS, NGS, or APG members. Classes begin on 6 September and the enrollment deadline is 31 August. Course descriptions can be found here. Both courses are taught by highly respected and nationally known genealogists.

12 May 2016

Upcoming Local & NYS Genealogical/Cemetery Events

This area will have quiet a few upcoming genealogy and cemetery events happening soon and into the future. A list of these events is below. Please contact the hosts if planning on attending, as costs are involved with some of these programs.

21 May 2016, at the Town of Colonie, Sanford Library, 629 Albany-Shaker Road, Loudonville
Cemeteries and Family History: Alexis Graham and Bob Posson
12:00-1:00 Interest groups
1:00-2:30 Meeting and Speaker
2:30-3:30 Computer Resources

Sitting at the computer or getting your hands dirty: cemeteries are a valuable tool for documenting genealogy lineage. Alexis will introduce us to the three most popular gravesite websites with a focus on Find a Grave. Bob will then take us through the steps of field research; you'll be surprised at the mysteries that can be solved and tender sentiments that can be uncovered in the reading and preserving of headstones for future generations.

25 June 2016, at the New York State Library, Albany
Research Tour at the New York State Library
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Join us for a day of exploring the genealogical resources at the New York State Library and Archives. There are published genealogies, local histories, church records, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) records, United States and New York State Census records, newspapers on microfilm, city directories and much more. Orientation tours will be at 10am and 12:30pm. CDGS volunteers will be available for assistance.

  • The Friends of the New Mount Ida Cemetery will be conducting work at restoring damaged gravestones at the cemetery with professional gravestone conservator, Joe Ferrannini.
4 June 2016New Mount Ida Cemetery, Pinewoods Avenue, Troy
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

21 May 2016, at the Gardener Crematorium in Oakwood Cemetery, Oakwood Avenue, Troy
8:30 AM - 2:45 PM

30 - 31 July 2016, at the Great Camp Sagamore, Raquettte Lake, New York
Cemeteries, Materials, and Care

2016 New York State Family History Conference 
15 - 17 September 2016, at the Liverpool Holiday Inn, Syracuse

Now in its third year, the event will bring together hundreds of genealogists from across the United States to learn about their New York ancestry.

Research in Albany 2016
26 - 28 October 2016, at the New York State Library & Archives

The NYG&B's popular annual Albany research trip is Wednesday-Saturday, October 26-28, 2016. Join the New York experts, the people who know New York research best, for three days of research concentrated in the vast resources of New York State Archives (NYSA) and the New York State Library (NYSL). You'll also enjoy the camaraderie of friendly people who share your interest in family history.


13 April 2016

Evangelical Protestant Cemetery update

Over the past Winter much work was accomplished at the Krumkill Road Evangelical Protestant cemetery. The very mild weather enabled us to work at the cemetery for upwards of four hours once a week to reclaim its grounds from the encroaching brush. We have made significant gains and the project appears to be winding down. It is hoped that we will be finished within a month.

Aside from the initial video that was posted in November 2015 that detailed the poor conditions at the cemetery, two other videos have been posted on the blog for The Friends of the Evangelical Protestant Cemetery. These short videos show a little of the work that was accomplished over the Winter but they also document the sad state of how our society's values have lowered where people feel that it is alright to illegally dump household garbage and other items in a cemetery of all places. Other actions that have taken place at the cemetery include consumption of alcohol, sexual activity, and drug usage. All of these "findings" were not documented in the videos but were found firsthand by myself.

Please check the blog for the Friends of the Evangelical Protestant cemetery for more information. Soon a new video will be created and posted to detail what was accomplished at the cemetery and what still needs to be addressed.