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

Country Information[edit | edit source]

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

Getting Started[edit | edit source]

Getting Started with Netherlands Research

Links to articles and classes on getting started with Netherlands research.

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Netherlands Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in Netherlands research.

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Finding Your Ancestors' Town in the Netherlands[edit | edit source]

  • Genealogical records are organized by geographical locality. Civil registration (government birth, marriage, and death records) and church records (christenings/baptisms, marriages, and burials) were kept at the local level. To search these records, you must know the town where your ancestors lived.
  • If you do not know your ancestors' town, follow the advice in the Wiki article, The Netherlands Finding Town of Origin to search a variety of records that might provide that information.


The Netherlands Clickable Map[edit | edit source]

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


To visit the page of a province, click either on the province on the map or the name listed in the Provinces section below.

Provinces[edit | edit source]

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

Municipalities[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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

Additional Resources[edit | edit source]

Classes[edit | edit source]

Compiled Genealogies[edit | edit source]

  • Centrum voor Familigeschiedenis Resources include printed genealogies in the CBG library,funeral cards, notices, pictures, and contact information of others researching the surname, among others, “persoonskarten” (police registration cards) and –lists available from 1940 on are housed here.
  • Voorouders.et, compiled family trees and genealogies

Additional Records Links[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Netherlands," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netherlands, accessed 24 March 2016.