Tailored Tree Options
How far do you want us to trace you ancestry back in time? Dutch civil records allow us to trace back about five generations between 1914 and 1790. Civil records are easy to trace and yield an abundance of information making this kind of research affordable and satisfying. Beyond the 1790s we must rely on parish records which can, in theory, push the line back another 8 generations into the 1590s. Parish records, however are harder to research, more unreliable and yield only basic information. This makes research beyond 1790 more expensive whilst usually yielding less detailed information. So, what would you like us to focus on? Not so far back in time with rich results, or far back in time with basic results?
An ancestral line is a logical sequence of ancestors, usually father, grandfather, great-grandfather, etc. The typical genealogical research follow one ancestral line, usually that of the father. However, you can have us trace more lines if you like. You could trace both your paternal and maternal line. Or you could even trace all four ancestral lines of both your paternal grandparents and maternal grandparents. Logically, it takes more time to research four lines than one, hence making such research more expensive. If you would like to follow up on all four lines but spread the costs, you can start with one or two and expand the research later. We keep all are research on file so later expansions are easy to accommodate.
Typical genealogical research focuses on tracing your male ancestors. This makes sense because this allows us to trace the name back in time which is passed on from father to son. Furthermore, society used to be very male focused. They were the ones with the legal power to buy and sell, to vote, to join the army, become entrepreneurs and more, hence leaving far more archival traces than women. However, it can be much fun to focus on your female ancestors instead. By tracing the women, you get know a myriad of names and you may be surprised what traces your female ancestors left. And where they did not, we will make sure you learn more in detail about their invisible tasks as mothers, spouses and daughters.
Although it is fun and interesting to trace your ancestral line, the picture is not complete if we stick to just the heads of family and their spouses. Each couple raised a family. Some were big and some were not. Some lost child after child and some were blessed to see them all grow up to adulthood. Either way, the children tell a lot about your ancestors and the lives they lived. It makes a difference to grow up up among brothers or sisters, in a large or a small family, experiencing loss at a young age or not. But it also tells a story about the context: were there epidemics, scarcity of food, was the hygiene and housing proper or not? Of course tracing the kids takes up research time and therefore money, but they do add a whole new dimension to your family story.
Genealogical research revolves primarily around three basic facts: birth, marriage and death. The reason for this is simple: these are the basic events registered by the authorities that allow us to prove blood lines. However, the authorities have registered so much more than that. There are so many resources that let us piece together more details about your ancestors' lives: testaments, tax papers, land deeds, school records, property records, military records, to name just a few. They allow us to reconstruct how well they lived, where they lived and if anything remarkable transpired during their lives. Sometimes it can be more rewarding to trace less generations, but do so in a more detailed way.
We present the results of our research to you in a 20 by 25 centimeter full-color book. You can opt for an e-book or a hard copy. The design is the same only the e-book will save you printing costs. Hard copies are available in a paperback, hardcover image wrap or hardcover dust jacket version. The image wrap version has a hard cover with the cover image printed directly on it. The dust jacket version has a hardcover linen binding and the cover image printed on a loose "jacket" wrapped around it. The dust jacket version is most suited for Family History Books that exceed 150 pages or when you want to add a deluxe touch to your book. Paperbacks do well up to 75 pages and image wrap hardcovers work well with any thickness.