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'1.'Death Record: Civil registration

Beginning in 1811, the government required civil registrars to keep death records. These records included more information than earlier church burial records.

What you are looking for
Civil registers are the best source for determining when a person died. They included everyone in the community and identify the complete name of the person that died.

Why go to the next record
Not all of the Dutch civil registry records have been microfilmed.

'2.'Marriage Supplements: Civil registration
Marriage supplements were required records when a couple wanted to marry. The bride and groom needed to prove their identity. They had to present an extract of their birth (or baptismal) record. The couple also needed their parents' permission to marry. If a parent had died, then an extract of his or her death record was required, and the grandparents gave permission to marry. If the grandparents had died, then (before 1842) extracts of their death records were also required.

What you are looking for
When civil register death records do not exist, marriage supplement records are the best source for determining when a person died. These records contain a copy of the death or burial record of the bride and groom's parents, if they died before the date of the marriage. Before 1842, copies of death or burial records of the bride and groom's grandparents are also frequently included.

Why go to the next record
Not all marriage supplement records have been microfilmed, and the dates of these records vary.

'3.'Census: Census
Census or population records were not kept with any consistency or regularity before 1850. When an ancestor no longer appears in a census, it means the ancestor either moved or died. After 1850, death dates are given. Census records can help identify all the members of a family and help determine where a family originated.

What you are looking for
When marriage supplement records do not exist, census records are the best source for determining when a person died. When the father or mother appears in the census record with a different spouse, it means the former spouse died sometime between that census and the previous one.

Why go to the next record
Not all census records have been microfilmed, and the beginning date of these records varies from place to place.

'4.'Service Record: Military records
Military records after 1700 provide the date and place of birth of every male that served in the military. The name of the father and his occupation may also be given.

What you are looking for
When census records do not exist, military records are the best source for determining when a male died. Military records may not give an exact death date, but they often provide the year of death.

Why go to the next record
Not all military records have been microfilmed, and the beginning date of these records varies from place to place.


 

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