Author: Eric van Kleef

That woman

In all times, fathers worried about their sons who would come to no good. But rarely do we hear firsthand of those worries from past centuries. In this letter from 1667, Jan Dircxsz van der Clijff writes to a cousin who helped him to prevent the marriage of his son Jan with Anna Harmens Kistemaecker. …

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Searching in Old Newspapers

Old newspapers are a useful source for the genealogical researcher. They can lead you towards sources you didn’t yet research. All records in the civil administration give the occupation of my GGG-grandfather Jacobus van der Laaken as shoemaker or tanner in Leyden. If we would be satisfied with that description, we would do him injustice. …

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