Yvette Hoitink

Finding your Ancestors from the Netherlands

Many Dutch vital records are available online and indexed. This presentation introduces the most important sources for researching ancestors in the Netherlands: civil registration records, population registers, church registers, and gives an overview of other available records. It also explains where to find these records online.


Yvette Hoitink, CG® is a professional genealogist, writer, and lecturer from the Netherlands who specializes in researching Dutch ancestors. Her Dutch Genealogy website celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and has helped millions of people find their ancestors from the Netherlands.

An avid genealogist since she was fifteen years old, Yvette has combined her love of research with her first career in computer science. She worked as an IT consultant and project manager at the National Archives of the Netherlands and was responsible for several websites that provide access to historical records.

Since becoming a professional genealogist, Yvette has been doing research for clients from all over the world who want to know more about their Dutch ancestors. She is certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists and served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Her articles appeared in journals such as the National Genealogical Society Quarterly in the United States and the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, and she co-authored a Dutch book about internet genealogy.

Yvette lectures about research in the Netherlands, internet genealogy, old maps, local history, and related topics. At The Genealogy Show, she will be presenting “Dutch Genealogy 101: Finding Your Ancestors from the Netherlands”; her first time speaking in the United Kingdom.