20080720_baptism.jpgThe city archive of Amsterdam is working on making 32 kilometers of archive digitally available to the public. Searching the database resulted in various documents of interest: some already digitally available, others have been requested to be scanned with priority. A new group of pages with scans of baptism registers has already been added to the site and more additions can be expected.

New photographs

20080106_photographs.jpgNew photographs of the Bankras mill have been found in an image archive of Amsterdam. They have been made by amateur photographer Jan Zeegers and show the mill at different seasons, including more details on the downstream side of the mill towards the river Amstel (now road Bankraspad). The photographs are displayed on this page.

Bankras travel bugs

20070709_travelbugs.jpgGeocaching has become the number 1 outdoor activity of team Bankras. A GPS unit is used in this popular new sport to search for hidden treasures, staches or caches. Travel bugs are small traceable objects that move from cache to cache, when found by geocachers and taken along to be placed in the next stash. Team Bankras has launched two travel bugs: sneakers Walk2C-42 and Walk2C-45 are now in competition to travel the longest distance and make the most stops. Maybe someday a Bankras-cache can be found near N52 18.014 E4 53.762?

Update October 20th, 2007: Details on the first Bankras geocache GC159PX “MiJa-De Bruine Vloot” are available online.


20050924_genography.jpg“Your Y chromosome results identify you as a member of haplogroup I, a lineage defined by a genetic marker called M170. This haplogroup is the final destination of a genetic journey that began some 60,000 years ago with an ancient Y chromosome marker called M168. The very widely dispersed M168 marker can be traced so a single individual – Eurasian Adam. This African man, who lived some 31,000 to 79,000 years ago, is the common ancestor of every non-African person living today.” More results from The Genographic Project will (soon) be placed on the Genography page.