Wiewaswie is Now in English!

May 8, 2014  - by 

Research has now gotten a lot easier for English speakers who are searching for their Dutch ancestors. The fabulous site, Wiewaswie, now has an English version. If you go to the main site, at the top of the page, there is a spot where you click “English” to translate the site or you can go directly to the English version by entering this URL: https://www.wiewaswie.nl/en/home/. No longer do you need a dictionary to work in Wiewaswie.

Also, a new video has been produced by FamilySearch to help beginners learn to use the site. It is called “Using the Dutch Website Whowaswho” and can be found on the FamilySearch Learning Center video courses under Netherlands.

These tools are a great help for finding your Dutch ancestors.

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  1. Thank goodness! It’s a great site, just a nightmare to try to navigate as someone that doesn’t speak/read the language!

    1. Dutch archieves are the most user friendly for genealogists. But for the few sites that are not in English, thank goodness for Google translate.

      1. Yes, google translate is great. With some browsers, you can just right click and “translate with bing” or “translate to English.” If that does not work, you can put the entire URL into the source language in google translate and the entire page will be translated. You don’t need to go back and forth between your website and google translate.

        One caveat–in some sites, such as Wiewaswie, if you translate the page, names will also be translated! So, ‘Wit’ will come out as ‘White’ and so on. this can be a real problem when the English version of a word is radically different from the Dutch. Be careful of that.

  2. HI Bernard,
    Yes, it hard to navigate sites when you can’t read the language. Fortunately, some sites, including Wiewaswie, have recognised that their audience includes more than just their own language speakers. Many Americans do not speak their (many!) ancestral languages.
    Make sure you have a look at the training video on the FS Learning Center. It takes about 7 minutes to watch and gives a good intro to the site.
    Much success!

    1. “Gotten” is perfectly acceptable English. It’s been the past participle form of ‘get’ for nearly 700 years (OED) in print; it must have been in the spoken language for centuries before that. It survives in “ill-gotten (gains)” and “begotten (Son).” Are you a speaker of British English?

  3. The URL you indicated, above, does not work. I had copied and pasted the URL, as indicated, entered it into my browser and got the 404 Page not Found message. Please find out what happened.

    1. Joy,

      Thank you so much for pointing this out! The proper parties have been notified, and the link should be fixed soon.

  4. I am trying to trace information for a Aunt; Grace van Wijk Peartree, who lived in Groningen The Netherlands.

    1. Hi Trevor! There are a few ways you can search for your ancestors on FamilySearch. Here are my two favorite ways to search: You can search Historical Records that have been transcribed/indexed by volunteers, which are found here. There are different search fields (like first name, last name, location, etc.) in the form that you may use to narrow your search.

      If you do not find the information about your ancestors by searching Historical Records, try searching Historical Images here where you’ll find records that have not been transcribed/indexed yet that you can sift through manually.