Netherlands, Friesland Province, Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Netherlands, Friesland Province Church Records, 1543-1911
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1543-1911
Languages: Dutch, Flemish
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Netherlands National Archive

What is in This Collection?

The collection consists of church records of baptisms, marriages, memberships, deaths and burials. Civil births, marriages, and deaths before the advent of Napoleonic Civil Registration in 1811 are also included. Not all places or denominations are represented. The records are in Dutch, Flemish, French, and Latin.

The collection covers the years 1543 to 1911, but most of the records do not go beyond 1811.

For information about the history, content, and use of these records see the wiki article Netherlands Church Records.

These records are in Dutch and Flemish.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Netherlands, Friesland Province Church Records, 1543-1911.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Baptism records may contain the following information:

  • Date and place of event
  • Name of child
  • Age or birth date
  • Legitimacy
  • Names of parents
  • Residence place
  • Witnesses or godparents

Marriage records may contain the following information:

  • Date and place of event
  • Name of bride and groom
  • Residence, marital status, and age
  • Names of parents
  • Names of witnesses

Death records may contain the following information:

  • Date and place of death
  • Date and place of birth
  • Place of residence
  • Names of family members
  • Cause of death

Collection Content

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How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know: List items that will help people search the collection. Be careful not to intimidate searchers by listing too many items. For example:

  • Name of the person
  • Approximate date of the event

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Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

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  1. Select Religion or Other Record Category
  2. Select Municipality
  3. Select Record Type, Years and Volume to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the age in the citizen to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in church or civil records
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have moved, been recruited or lived nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify. Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. This compiled list can help you identify possible relations that can be further verified by researching vital records indexes in the country
  • When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • Switch to a different record collection. Depending on the time period, either Civil Registration records or Church Records may be more useful
  • While searching, it is helpful to know such information as the ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as an ancestor and that the ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times
  • Keep in mind that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names
  • Search the indexes and records of local genealogical societies
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another

Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation

"Netherlands, Friesland Province Church Records, 1543-1911." Images. FamilySearch. : 14 June 2016. Nederlands Rijksarchiefdienst, Den Haag (Netherlands National Archives, The Hague).

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