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

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For Geographical and Historical information see: Drenthe

The capital city of Drenthe is Assen. See: Assen

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Getting started with Drenthe research

Exhibition "Worn Throughout Time"

In Havezate Mensinge in Roden from April 3 to June 27, 2010 is the exhibition "Worn throughout time" to be seen. The exhibition is arranged in cooperation with the Archives Drenthe, Drenthe Museum and Costume Foundation Old-Orange in Hooghalen.

From April 3, clothing is displayed from the period from late 18th to late 20th century. Part of these clothes were actually worn by past inhabitants of the manor. Showpiece of the exhibition is the gala dress worn around 1770 by Gesina Oldenhuis, then owner of the manor. This dress is one of the oldest that is still in good condition in the Netherlands that has been preserved.

Mensinge Manor is first mentioned in 1381. From the late 15th century to 1985 (the year of sale to the municipality Roden) is in the possession of successive three families. The last family (Kymmell), the antique clothing of the family property donated to the Drents Museum. For the duration of the exhibition, this dress can be seen in the original environment once again. The very substantial Mensinge Manor archive is stored in the Drenthe Archive. From this archive, some special documents are on display relating to the clothing of the residents.

Havezate Mensinge is open during the whole season (from April to September) from Wednesday to Sunday from 13.00 -16.30 hours.)



Within the jurisdictions of Drenthe you will find municipalities (gemeenten) with their villages and hamlets that belong to those municipalities. They are divided in two as the bounderies of these municipalities were changed in 1998. You will find them below.

Municipalities before 1998

Municipalities after 1998)

Research Tools

(The best web-site I have been able to find for this province, which includes civil- as well as church records, is: drenlias

The following website for this province covers information provided by the Nederlandse Genealogische Vereniging  (Netherlands Genealogical Society). On the left hand side of their home page under the heading: Uitwisseling (Exchange) you can find a very handy item: Links Drenthe. This item gives you numerous links to various websites for this province pertaining to genealogy. )


Although Drenthe was the least populated province, it ranked forth when comparing number of emigrants. In the nineteenth century, many people in Drenthe worked in the agricultural sector which means this province was struck particularly hard when the crops failed. Also, many people in Drenthe joined the Secession and were among the first to emigrate.

The Drents Archief has published lists of emigrants in an emigrant section of Drenlias. Select ‘English’ in the top right corner for the English version.

Most Drenthe emigrants settled in Holland and Grand Rapids in Michigan, and Orange City and Pella in Iowa.

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