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Getting started with research  in the Netherlands[edit | edit source]

Welcome to the Dutch page!

FamilySearch Wiki is a community website dedicated to helping people throughout the world learn how to find their ancestors.

When you have Dutch ancestors you are one lucky person as many records have been put on web-sites which are available to all without cost.
For more information please look below in: Research Tools

Did you know?[edit | edit source]

Willem I, Prince of Orange (April 24, 1533—July 10, 1584), also widely known as 'Willem de Zwijger' (William the Silent), or simply Willem van Oranje (William of Orange), as well as 'Vader des Vaderlands' (Father of the Fatherland), was born in the House of Nassau as a count of Nassau-Dillenburg. He became Prince of Orange in 1544 and is thereby the founder of the branch House of Orange-Nassau. He was the main leader of the Dutch revolt against the Spanish that set off the Eighty Years' War and resulted in the formal independence of the United Provinces in 1648. He was assassinated by Balthasar Gérard (also written as 'Gerardts') in his own home, de Prinsenhof in Delft.
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The Dutch fought an Eighty Years long war, from 1568—1648, to gain indepence and religious freedom and so became one of the countries where people of all religions and cultures could find refuge.

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Michiel de Ruyter was one of the great admirals at that time.
A Dutch fleet, with De Ruyter as third in command, beat back a Spanish-Dunkirker fleet in an action of Cape St Vincent 4 November 1641.


Did you know that in the Netherlands they have yearly "4-day-bike-tours" in different parts of the country? For more information see: Fietsvierdaagse
And here some pictures: Fietsvierdaagse International Four Day Marches around Nijmegen, Gelderland, have taken place since 1916. The very first Four Day March was held in 1909. This is very much an international event. Depending on age group and category, walkers have to walk 30, 40 or 50 kilometers (respectively 18.6, 24.8 or 31.0 miles) each day for 4 days. For more information see: Four Days Marches

A Memorial Service along the route of the Four Days Marches: Memorial Service Groesbeek

Jurisdictions[edit | edit source]

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The capital city of the Netherlands is Amsterdam, but the goverment buildings are located in 's-Gravenhage (The Hague) where the Huis ten Bosch, residence of the reigning Queen Beatrix, is also located.


The Netherlands consists of twelve provinces, the last one - Flevoland - was created from part of the former Zuider Zee/IJsselmeer on 1 January 1986.

Origins of names:
Drenthe: Germanic þrija: three, hantja: countries
Friesland: Land of the Frisii, from ethnic name
Groningen: Germanic Groningja, from groni: green
Gelderland: Germanic gelwa: yellow, haru: mountain
Limburg: Germanic lindo: linden, burg: fort.
Noord-Brabant: Dutch Noord: north, Old High German bracha: new country, bant: region
Noord-Holland: Dutch Noord: north + Old Dutch, either holt: woods or hol: hollow, land: land
Overijssel: Dutch over: beyond, since the province was beyond the IJssel River from Utrecht
Utrecht: corruption of Latin Trajectum: ford (ad Rhenum: on the Rhine)
Zeeland: Dutch zee: sea (land in the sea)
Zuid-Holland: Dutch Zuid: south + Holland

Research Tools[edit | edit source]

Some sources in determining place of origin

BYU Research Guide for The Netherlands

FamilySearch Historical Record Collections[edit | edit source]

Online collections containing these records are located in

Wiki articles describing these collections are found at:

Other Websites

This web-site has all kinds of possibilities, starting with different topics, not just genealogy. When you do go to the genealogy topics you can search all kinds of web-sites, known and unknown. Some great information there!

Research at the CBG We can help you to search for information about your ancestors in the Netherlands. For advice please contact us. You may find some specific information in the following downloadable brochures:

Searching for Your Ancestors in the Netherlands. CBG brochure When you find an ancestor from 'Holland' or ' The Netherlands' you would be curious if additional information existed in Dutch sources. The Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie can help you to search for that information about your ancestors in the Netherlands.

Personal Record Cards and Personal Record Lists CBG brochure Personal Record Cards were introduced in the Netherlands in 1938 and used to register information on every inhabitant of the Netherlands regardless of nationality. Since October 1, 1994 the population registration in the Netherlands is automized. The personal record card was replaced by so called Personal Record Lists. Since this Central Register of Deceased Persons contains a lot of important information for genealogical and biographical research purposes, the CBG is allowed to provide information on written request.

List of Dutch Genealogical Researchers. CBG brochure Experienced Dutch genealogical researchers can help you to search for additional information in Dutch records.

Latest update: 12 September 2010

Our website Van Papier Naar Digitaal (From Paper To Pixels) now has 250.000 images online.. Click at the banner to go to the special page for this occasion, with a lot of new images from Schagen (> 22.000), Schokland and Botland.
Click at this banner to go to the special page for this occasion, with a lot of new images from Schagen (> 22.000), Schokland and Botland.

Genealogie Online - publish your family tree for free, search for your ancestors

Build Your Online Family Tree, Share Your Family History And Learn More About Your Ancestors

Have you always wanted to know from whom you are descended? Genlias gives you a quick way to find your Dutch forebears, both in the Netherlands and overseas. Your search is in the most accurate source for Dutch genealogy, the Civil Register. And it is not difficult!

Encyclopedias may provide information on all branches of knowledge or treat specific topics comprehensively, usually in alphabetically arranged articles. They often contain information of great interest for genealogical research, including articles about towns and places, prominent people, minorities, and religions. They can give information about diverse subjects, such as record-keeping practices, laws, customs, commerce, costumes, occupations, and archaic terminology.

The Family History Library has general-knowledge encyclopedias from the Netherlands (in Dutch) along with Dutch-English and English-Dutch dictionaries. The encyclopedias and dictionaries are listed in the Family History Library Catalog under THE NETHERLANDS - ENCYCLOPEDIAS AND DICTIONARIES.

The following is a good Dutch dictionary:

Title Cassell's English-Dutch, Dutch-English dictionary = Engels-Nederlands, Nederlands-Engels woordenboek Kramer, Jacob, 1802-1869. Kramers' Engels Woordenboek Call Number 439.31321 Ca272 Publication London : Cassell, 1982 New York, New York : Macmillan Publishers Limited Physical xiv, 602, vii, 729 p. ; 19 cm. ISBN/ISSN 0025229400 Title Also Known As Cassell's Dutch dictionary Engels-Nederlands, Nederlands-Engels woordenboek English-Dutch, Dutch-English dictionary Kramers' Engels woordenboek

Dutch-English online dictionary

Research Strategies

Introduction to the Netherlands Search Strategies

Record Selection Table

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The periodical Gens Nostra of August/September 2010 has a special edition which contains of passports for travelers issued in Rotterdam from 1745-1783 It has 56 pages of names and places of people who travelled within the Netherlands, Europe and beyond.

Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal/Woordenboek der Friese taal online!

See: Dictionary of the Frisian language

Dutch archive news Q1 2010 Genlias added new birth records from Curaçao, marriage records from Flevoland, birth, marriage and death records from Limburg, birth and death records from Noord-Brabant, marriage and death records from Noord-Holland, marriage and death records from Utrecht, birth, marriage and death records and church books (baptisms from Brielle) from Zuid-Holland.
The National Library of The Netherlands is going to digitize part of its magazine collection.
Tresoar digitized and translated (into English) a collection of letters that Dutch immigrants in the U.S.A. sent home. Note: The translations are copyrighted and may not be published without permission of the translator.
Ten Dutch heritage institutions cooperated to create a new biography portal (a who's who of Dutch history). Unfortunately the website is only available in Dutch.
The Amsterdam city archive is on facebook.
The Rotterdam city archive placed more than 300 Rotterdam world war II photos on flickr.
For more information see: Trace your Dutch Roots

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Genealogy courses: Learn how to research from an expert in The Netherlands courses.