People often announce important events, like birth, marriage, or death, in print. This can be in the form of newspaper advertisements (deaths are usually announced this way), or printed cards that are sent out to family and friends (wedding invitations and birth and death announcements fall in this category). Many families have a collection of this type of ephemera. They are commonly known as familieberichten (family messages) or familie-annonces (family announcements).
Familieberichten is the topic of the feature article in the next issue of the Trace your Dutch roots newsletter. The newsletter is due early next week. Subscribe now if you want to receive this newsletter by e-mail.
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