Netherlands Jewish Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.
Netherlands
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Record Description
Record Type: Jewish Records
Collection years: 1616-1897
Languages: Dutch, Flemish
Title in the Language:
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Netherlands National Archives


What is in the Collection?

This collection contains Jewish records for several towns in the Netherlands. These records may include births, marriages, deaths, burials, circumcision registers, adopted surnames and congregation minute books. Most records cover the 1700s and 1800s.

Sample Images

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Baptism records may contain the following information:

  • Name of child
  • Names of parents
  • Place of birth
  • Father's occupation

Marriage records may contain the following information:

  • Name of Bride and Groom
  • Place of marriage
  • Date of marriage
  • Names of witnesses

Burial records may contain the following information:

  • Date of burial
  • Place of burial
  • Name of spouse (if married)
  • Age at death

Death records may contain the following information:

  • Date of death
  • Place of death
  • Name of deceased
  • Age at death

Circumcision records may contain the following information:

  • Name of child
  • Names of parents
  • Date of circumcision

How Do I Search the Collection?

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

To search the collection by image:

⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "Province"
⇒Select the appropriate "Municipality"
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type and Years," which takes you to the images.

Look at the images one by one, comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

To begin your search, it is helpful to know the name of the primary individual and some other identifying information, such as date of the event.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the age in the citizen to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in church or civil records.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have moved, been recruited or lived nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify. Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. This compiled list can help you identify possible relations that can be further verified by researching vital records indexes in the country.
  • When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • Switch to a different record collection. Depending on the time period, either Civil Registration records or Church Records may be more useful.
  • While searching, it is helpful to know such information as the ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as an ancestor and that the ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
  • Keep in mind that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of local genealogical societies.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.

Citing this Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

"Netherlands Jewish Records." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Nederlands Rijksarchiefdienst [Netherlands National Archives, The Hague].

Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Netherlands Jewish Records.

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