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Netherlands, Noord-Brabant Province Population Registers
Collection Time Period
The records covered in this collection are for the years 1820-1940.
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.
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.
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.
The key genealogical facts found in most population registers are:
- Name of each member of the household
- Birth dates and places
- Relationship to the head of the household
- Marital/civil status
- 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.
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Sources of This Collection
"Netherlands, Noord-Brabant Province Population Registers, 1820-1930", database, FamilySearch; from West-Brabant Regional Archive (Oudenbosch, Netherlands).
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