Netherlands Record Selection Table

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The table below can help you decide which records to search. In column 1 find the goal you selected. In column 2 find the types of records that are most likely to have the information you need. Then turn to that section of this outline. (The terms used in columns 2 and 3 are the same as the topic headings used in this outline and in the “Locality Search” section of the Family History Library Catalog.) Column 3 contains additional records that may also be useful. Records containing previous research (genealogies, biographies, histories, periodicals, and societies) could provide information for nearly all of your research goals. These have only been listed if they are especially helpful for the goal.

1. If You Need 2. Look First In 3. Then Search
Age (Be aware that ages given in documents before 1850 are often incorrect.) Civil Registration, Population, Church Records, Jewish Records Census, Notarial Records, Court Records
Birth date and birthplace Civil Registration, Population, Church Records, Jewish Records Emigration and Immigration, Public Records, Military Records
Boundaries (parish, municipality, or province) Gazetteers, Maps, History Names, Geographical; Historical Geography
Death Civil Registration, Church Records, Jewish Records, Public Records Taxation, Cemeteries, Guardianship, Probate Records, Notarial Records, Court Records
Divorce Civil Registration Court Records
Emigration information Emigration and Immigration, Population (See the research outline for the country the ancestor immigrated to.)
Historical background History, Church History Minorities
Language helps Language and Languages Handwriting
Living relatives Genealogy Societies
Maiden name Civil Registration, Church Records, Public Records Taxation, Notarial Records, Court Records
Marriages Civil Registration, Church Records Public Records, Taxation
Naming customs Names, Personal Genealogy
Noble families Nobility, Heraldry Genealogy, Periodicals, Biography
Occupations Civil Registration, Population, Census Naturalization and Citizenship, Notarial Records, Court Records
Parents, children, and other family members Civil Registration, Population, Church Records, Jewish Records Guardianship, Census, Probate Records, Notarial Records, Court Records
Physical description Military Records Civil Registration
Place-finding aids Gazetteers, Maps Names, Geographical; Historical Geography
Places of residence Civil Registration, Population, Church Records, Public Records Census; Taxation; Land and Property; Names, Personal
Previous research (compiled genealogy) Genealogy, Periodicals, Societies History, Biography
Record-finding aids Archives and Libraries, Genealogy Societies
Religion Population, Civil Registration, Church Records, Jewish Records Minorities, Church History