The Netherlands Genealogy

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The FamilySearch moderator for The Netherlands is Daniel Jones.

Guide to Netherlands ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.

Country Information

The Netherlands is a country in Western Europe bordered by Germany and Belgium. The official national language is Dutch.[1]

Getting Started

Getting Started with Netherlands Research

Links to articles on getting started with Netherlands research.

Netherlands Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in Netherlands research.

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The Netherlands Clickable Map

Fryslân or FrieslandDrentheNoord-HollandBonaire, Netherlands AntillesFlevolandUtrechtZuid-HollandZeelandNoord-BrabantLimburgGelderlandOverijsselGroningenSaba, Netherlands AntillesSint Eustatius, Netherlands AntillesMap provinces Netherlands.png
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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.

FamilySearch Resources

Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in researching your family.

Research Tutorials


  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Netherlands," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 24 March 2016.