Netherlands, Noord-Brabant Province Population Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Collection Time Period

The records covered in this collection are for the years 1820-1940.

Record Description

The records from 1850 to 1920 were kept in bound registers that were sorted by addresses. Later registers were sorted by family names. From 1920 to 1940, the registration was done on family cards. As individuals died, their cards or printouts were sent to the Central Offices for Statistics.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in most population registers are:
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  • Name of each member of the household
  • Birth dates and places
  • Occupation
  • Relationship to the head of the household
  • Marital/civil status
  • Religion
  • Arrival date and where he or she moved from
  • Removal date and where he or she moved to
  • Death dates and causes of death

How to Use the Record

The registers are a very important source of genealogical information. They contain complete families, addresses, dates, occupations, and some other important remarks listed by the magistrates. To find a family in this collection, it is necessary to know the place where the family lived and the family surname.

Record History

The population register was introduced in 1850 to keep track of families as they moved from one residence to another, although some localities began recording moves as early as 1820. It contained much the same information as the earlier censuses but added changes of address; occupations; births, deaths, and marriage dates; and immigration information. With all the changes, pages could get messy, so it was necessary to close some of the registers and start new ones. The 1850 register entries were based on information gathered from the census taken November 19, 1849. Early registers were sorted by address. Later registers were sorted by family name. Around 1920, the bound registers were phased out and replaced by a loose-leaf system known as family cards (gezinskaarten), which was used until 1940 when a new system came into effect.

Why This Record Was Created

Local magistrates needed a better system to keep track of inhabitants as they moved from place to place.

Record Reliability

Because of all the copying and changing, the population registers contain a lot of errors; however, they do contain a lot of information not easily found elsewhere. Information found in these registers should always be checked against vital or church records

Related Web Sites

There is also a site call Genlias which is a compilation of indexed civil records from the Netherlands, including some from Dutch colonies, mostly dating from 1811 until the mid-1900s. It can be found at It is in Dutch, but with an option to view and search in English. While it is not complete as yet, it is extensive, with records still being added. Many of the images for the indexed Noord-Brabant records on Genlias can then be located more easily in this browsable database. http://www,

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Known Issues With this Collection

There is a site in Dutch which contains all the known issues and the correct waypoints for all Netherlands Familysearch collections. Its is at

Contributions to This Article

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Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from the record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find th record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you do not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

The suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched in found in the Wiki Article: How to Create Source Citations for FamilySearch Historical Records Collections

Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection

  • United States. Bureau of Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet ( Setpemper 29.2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B,line 71.
  • Mexico, Districto Federal, Catholic Church Records 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet ( April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Femandez Jimenez, 1 Feb, 1910, San Pedro Apostol, Cuahimalpa, Districto Federal, Mexico Film number 0227023

Sources of Information for This Collection

"Netherlands, Noord-Brabant Province Population Registers, 1820-1930", images, FamilySearch; from West-Brabant Regional Archive (Oudenbosch, Netherlands).