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A biography is a history of a person’s life. In a biography you may find the individual’s birth, marriage, and death information and the names of his or her parents, children, or other family members. Use the information carefully because there may be inaccuracies.

Thousands of brief biographies have been gathered and published in collective biographies, sometimes called biographical encyclopedias or dictionaries. Usually these only include biographies of prominent citizens of the Netherlands. Others feature biographies of specific groups of people such as artists or ministers.

A significant biographical dictionary is:

  • Molhuysen, P. C. and P. J. Blok (ed.) Nieuw Nederlandsch Biografisch Woordenboek (New Biographical Dictionary of the Netherlands).Leiden: A. W. Sijthoff, 1911–1924. (FHL book 949.2 D3m; film 1045431–1045433; fiche 6053511.)

The following is a major collection of 122 biographical encyclopedias and dictionaries arranged in a single alphabet cumulation:

  • Biografisch Archief van de Benelux (Biographical Archive of the Benelux Countries). [München]: Saur, [1992–1994]. (FHL fiche 6132500–6133261.)

Collective biographies at the Family History Library are generally listed in the Place search of the FamilySearch Catalog under:




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