The Netherlands Genealogy
|The Netherlands Background|
|Local Research Resources|
The FamilySearch moderator for The Netherlands is Daniel Jones.
Getting Started with Netherlands Research
Links to articles and classes on getting started with Netherlands research.
Netherlands Research Tools
Links to articles and websites that assist in Netherlands research.
Finding Your Ancestors' Town in the Netherlands
- Genealogical records are organized by geographical locality. Civil registration (government birth, marriage, and death records) and church records (christenings/baptisms, marriages, and burials) were kept at the local level. To search these records, you must know the town where your ancestors lived.
- If you do not know your ancestors' town, follow the advice in the Wiki article, The Netherlands Finding Town of Origin to search a variety of records that might provide that information.
The Netherlands Clickable Map
To visit the page of a province, click either on the province on the map or the name listed in the Provinces section below.
The Netherlands consists of twelve provinces, the last one - Flevoland - was created from part of the former Zuider Zee/IJsselmeer on 1 January 1986.
The second tier of jurisdiction and the one most relevant for genealogy, especially after 1811, is the gemeente (municipality). There are currently 393 of them, down from about 1200 in 1811. Links to pages listing municipalities and the towns within them can be found on the page for the relevant province.
Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in researching your family.
- Facebook Communities - Facebook groups discussing genealogy research
- Dutch Genealogy - Facebook group specifically discussing Dutch Genealogy (English)
- Family History Center locator map
- FamilySearch Historical Records for the Netherlands
- Centrum voor Familigeschiedenis Resources include printed genealogies in the CBG library,funeral cards, notices, pictures, and contact information of others researching the surname, among others, “persoonskarten” (police registration cards) and –lists available from 1940 on are housed here.
- Voorouders.et, compiled family trees and genealogies
Additional Records Links
- FHS Archival Indexes, Miscellaneous Records
- FHS Archival Indexes, Public Records
- Dutch Family Surname Database (Nederlandse Familienamenbank)
- Aardrijkskundig woordenboek van Nederland (Gazetteer), online gazetteer
- Repertorium van Nederlandse Gemeenten vanaf 1812 (Overview of Dutch municipalities since 1812): Gazetteer that shows changes in municipalities over the years, including merges. Skip over the introductory material to where the actual listings begin on page 52. The first line gives the existence dates. "Afgesplitst" means "split off of", "toegevoegd" means "added", "opgegaan in" means "merged"' "ontstaan uit" means "originated from".
- Wikipedia contributors, "Netherlands," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netherlands, accessed 24 March 2016.