Netherlands, Limburg Province, Certificates of Nationality (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Netherlands, Limburg Province, Certificates of Nationality, 1860-1913
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Record Description
Record Type: Parish Register Transcripts
Collection years: 1860-1913
Languages: Dutch, Flemish
Title in the Language: Nederland, Provincie Limburg Certificaten van nationaliteit
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The records in this collection are certificates of Dutch Nationals and their children who lived and worked in other countries, principally Germany and Belgium. Information includes name, date and place of birth or age, residence, and occupation. Many certificates also contain the name of parents, spouse, and children, as well as the birth dates and places for these individuals. Only surnames Aacken to Kicken are included in the collection.

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"Netherlands, Limburg Province Certificates of Nationality, 1860-1913." Images. FamilySearch. : 14 June 2016. Limburg Regional History Center, Maastricht.

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