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Guide to '''Fryslân or Friesland, The Netherlands ancestry, family history, and genealogy:''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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*On Friday 9 May 2008 a beginning was made with a unique project to digitize the Frisian records. The first images will be of the civil registration of the municipality Littenseradiel. The goal is for all the registers of the Frisian municipalities to become available on [http://www.allefriezen.nl/ www.AlleFriezen.nl]
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*[[Netherlands Research Tips and Strategies|Research Strategies]]
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*[[Netherlands Record Selection Table|Record Finder]]
 
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**[[Fryslân or Friesland Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]
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*[[Fryslân or Friesland Biography|Biography]]  
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Biography|Biography]]  
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]  
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]  
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Census|Census]]  
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Census|Census]]  
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Church History|Church History]]
 
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Church Records|Church Records]]  
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Church Records|Church Records]]  
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Civil Registration - Vital Records|Civil Registration - Vital Records]]  
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Civil Registration - Vital Records|Civil Registration - Vital Records]]  
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Court Records|Court Records]]  
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Court Records|Court Records]]  
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*[[Fryslân or Friesland Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]  
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]  
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Gazetteers|Gazetteers]]
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Genealogy|Genealogy]]
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Genlias Vital Records|Genlias Vital Records]]
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Guardianship|Guardianship]]
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Handwriting|Handwriting]]
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Heraldry|Heraldry]]
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Historical Geography|Historical Geography]]
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland History|History]]
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Jewish Records|Jewish Records]]
 
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Land and Property|Land and Property]]  
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Land and Property|Land and Property]]  
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Language and Languages|Language and Languages]]
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Maps|Maps]]
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Military History|Military History]]
 
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Military Records|Military Records]]  
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Military Records|Military Records]]  
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Minorities|Minorities]]
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Names, Geographical|Names, Geographical]]
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Names, Personal|Names, Personal]]
 
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]]  
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]]  
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Nobility|Nobility]]
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Notarial Records|Notarial Records]]
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Periodicals|Periodicals]]
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Place Names|Place Names]]
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Population|Population]]
 
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Probate Records|Probate Records]]  
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Probate Records|Probate Records]]  
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Public Records|Public Records]]  
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*[[Fryslân or Friesland Taxation|Taxation]]
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Record Selection Table|Record Selection Table]]  
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*[[Fryslân or Friesland Gazetteers|Gazetteers]] 
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*[[Fryslân or Friesland History|History]]
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*[[Fryslân or Friesland Language and Languages|Language and Languages]]
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*[[Fryslân or Friesland Maps|Maps]]
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*[[Fryslân or Friesland Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]  
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Societies|Societies]]  
 
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Societies|Societies]]  
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Taxation|Taxation]]
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*[https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?c=friesland,%20netherlands Family History Centers]
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== Background ==
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*The capital city of Fryslân is Ljouwert (Leeuwarden). See: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leeuwarden Ljouwert (Leeuwarden)]
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*For Geographical and Historical information see: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friesland Fryslân (Friesland)]
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The two official languages of Friesland are Frisian and Dutch. The native language is Frisian. Therefore Friesland is known as Fryslân in Frisian. This wiki article uses both names interchangeablky. Names of places may also have different names in Frisian and Dutch. 
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== Jurisdictions in Fryslân or Friesland  ==
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*[[Fryslân or Friesland Municipalities before 1984|Municipalities before 1984]]
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*[[Fryslân or Friesland Municipalities after 1984|Municipalities after 1984]]
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==Research Methods==
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'''Most of your genealogical research for Fryslân or Friesland  will be in three main record types: civil registration, church records and population registers. This article will teach you methods for locating and searching these three record groups.'''
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==Civil Registration (Burgelijke Stand)==
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*'''Civil registration''' records are government records of births, marriages, and deaths.  Access to Netherlands Civil Registration records online is excellent. There is usually no longer any need to use microfilms from the Family History Library, or to visit archives. Nearly all records have survived, since two copies were made of each record and stored separately. <br>
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*'''Dates:''' Civil registration began 1 March 1811 while under French rule. Law allows birth records up to 1915, marriage records up to 1940 and death records up to 1965 to be released to the public as of 2016. Archives can be up to 10 years behind putting them online.
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**'''Births(''Geboorten''):''' Child’s name, birth date and place; parents’ names, ages, residence, and occupation: witnesses’ name, ages, occupations, residences; yearly indexes.
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**'''Marriages(''Huwelijken''):''' Bride and groom names, ages, residences, occupations, birth places; date and place of the marriage; parents' names, residences, occupations, whether living; the names of the witnesses, their ages, occupations, residence, and relationship to the bride or groom, if any; and officer who performed ceremony, former spouses, yearly indexes.
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**'''Marriage supplements(''Huwelijksbijlagen''):''' Copies of birth or baptism records of bride and groom; military conscription record of groom, containing name, birthdate, and parents, and sometimes a physical description; copies of death or burial records of deceased former spouses; copies of death or burial records of parents, if the marrying person is under 30 (and sometimes if they are over 30); (pre-1850), if both parents are dead,  death or burial records of grandparents.
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**'''Death registers(''Overlijdens''):''' Deceased's name, age, death date and place, occupation, birth place; name of spouse(s), parents’ names; names of the witnesses, their ages, occupations, residence, and relationship if any.
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*To learn more about The Netherlands Civil Registration, read [[Netherlands Civil Registration|'''Netherlands Civil Registration''']].
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=== Online Digital Records for Civil Registration ===
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Digital copies of civil registration can be searched online:<br>
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*[https://www.allefriezen.nl AlleFriezen] particulary useful as searches do not have to be an exact match. This is extremely important due to very inconsistent spellings on records in Friesland.
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*[http://wiewaswie.nl WieWasWie], basic version free, index with some images.
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*{{RecordSearch|2026975|Netherlands, Friesland Province, Civil Registration, 1811-1950|access=browse}}, free, partial index with complete images 
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*[http://zoekakten.nl/prov.php?id=FR Zoekakten.nl] is a Dutch website that helps in locating Dutch images on FamilySearch.org. It breaks down films into smaller segments by year and record type for easier browsing. See [[Zoekakten|Zoekakten instructions]].
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The capital city of Fryslân is Ljouwert (Leeuwarden). See: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leeuwarden Ljouwert (Leeuwarden)]
 
  
For Geographical and Historical information see: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friesland Fryslân (Friesland)]
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== Church Records (DTB) ==
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*Church records are the main sources for births, marriages and deaths in the Netherlands between about 1550 and 1811.They recorded baptisms (or circumcisions), marriages and burials and sometimes confirmations, membership records and conversions.
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*In the late 1500s Churches began to mandate that registers of baptisms and marriages were kept. Burials were often not recorded at first. Records do not always exist for the period before 1700.
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*Records kept by Catholics are written in Latin. Most other records will be written in Dutch.
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*The main types of Church records are
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**'''Baptisms(''Dopen''):''' Child’s name,baptism date, sometimes birth date, parents’ names and residence: witnesses’ name.
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**'''Marriages(''Trouwen''):''' Bride and groom names, sometimes ages, residences and/or birthplace, date and place of the marriage; parents' names,; the names of the witnesses and relationship to the bride or groom, if any, former spouses.
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**'''Burials(''Begraven''):''' Deceased's name, death date and place, name of spouse(s),
  
The 1984 Guinness Book of Records credits the Frisian flag as dating from the 9th century.  
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*Church records continued to be kept after the introduction of civil registration, but after 1811 they were mostly superseded by Civil Registration.
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*To learn more about church records, see [[Netherlands Church Records|'''Netherlands Church Records''']].
  
<br> ◄ [[The Netherlands|Netherlands Homepage]])
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===Online Digital Records for Church Records ===
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*[https://allefriezen.nl AlleFriezen]
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*{{RecordSearch|2040000|Netherlands, Friesland Province, Church Records, 1543-1911|access=browse}}, free, browseable images.Best browsed via [http://zoekakten.nl/prov.php?id=FR Zoekakten]
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*[https://www.vpnd.nl Van Papier Naar Digitaal] has images, indexes and transcriptions.
  
== Getting started with Fryslân or Friesland research  ==
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== Population Registers (Bevolkingregisters) ==
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See [[Netherlands Population|Netherlands Population]] for further information.<br>
  
'''''“That all Frisians would be fully free, the born and the unborn, so long as the wind blows from heaven and the child cries, grass grows green and flowers bloom, as far as the sun rises and the world stands.”'''''&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
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From 1850 onwards the Government has recorded the address and basic details such as name, birthdate, birthplace, occupation and religion of all residents of the Netherlands.  
  
From a 12th century law text
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*From 1850-1940 these are on paper and public.
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*From 1940-1994 these are on paper and can be viewed on request (see below)
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*From 1994-present these are in digital format and can be viewed on request (see below)
  
== Jurisdictions in Fryslân or Friesland  ==
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=== Accessing Population Registers ===
  
Researchers who need to search the Civil Registration records (records after 1811) in Friesland need to use the records of the appropriate municipalities.&nbsp;
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* From 1850-1940
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**[http://www.geneaknowhow.net/digi/bronnen.html Geneaknowhow]
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**[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2018408 FamilySearch collection Netherlands Census and Population Registers, 1574-1940]
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**[https://allefriezen.nl AlleFriezen] has some BR records.
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**On the FamilySearch Catalog under [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=154411&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Netherlands%2C%20Friesland%22 Friesland]
  
The Church records are generally found in the local towns.&nbsp;<br>
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*From 1940 onwards. The records are only public if the person has been deceased for about two years. You must contact the [http://cbg.nl/diensten/onderzoeksvragen/ Central Bureau for Genealogy], fill in an application form and pay the fee as explained on their website. Email it to ''pkpl@cbg.nl''or post to
  
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Municipalities before 1984|Municipalities before 1984]]
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:::CBG/Center for Family History <br>
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:::Section Personcart and Personlist <br>
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:::PO Box 11755<br> 
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:::2502 AT, The Hague <br>
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:::The Netherlands<br>
  
*[[Fryslân or Friesland Municipalities after 1984|Municipalities after 1984]]
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If the record is found, it will also contain details about the main person's parents, spouse and children. Some information may be blanked out in the case of people deceased relatively recently.
  
== Research Tools  ==
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==Reading the Records==
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*Records are most commonly written in Dutch or Latin. '''You do not have to be fluent these languages to read your documents!''' Genealogical records usually contain a limited vocabulary. Use this [[Netherlands Language and Languages|'''Dutch Genealogical Word List''']] to translate the important points in the document.
  
A great web-site for genealogical research is: [http://www.tresoar.nl/ tresoar] <br>Another site&nbsp;covers [http://www.allefriezen.nl/ genealogy in various&nbsp;municipalities] in Friesland.  
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*Also, the handwriting can be slightly different, so you will want to watch these lessons, as needed, depending on the pre-dominant language in the region your ancestors lived: 
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::[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-dutch-handwritten-records-lesson-1-the-dutch-alphabet/28 '''Reading Dutch Handwritten Records Lesson 1: The Dutch Alphabet'''].
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::[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-dutch-handwritten-records-lesson-2-dutch-words-and-dates/29 '''Reading Dutch Handwritten Records Lesson 2: Dutch Words and Dates'''].
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::[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-dutch-handwritten-records-lesson-3-reading-dutch-records/30'''Reading Dutch Handwritten Records Lesson 3: Reading Dutch Records'''].
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<br>
  
*(helpful tools and resources, gazetteers)
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== Tips for Finding Your Ancestor in the Records ==
*(language dictionary, handwriting guide or tutorial, etc.)
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*Effective use of civil registration and church records includes the following strategies:
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#Identify your ancestor by finding his '''birth or christening record.'''
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#When you find an ancestor’s birth or baptismal record, search for the '''births of siblings'''.<br>
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#Search for the '''parents’ marriage record'''. Typically, the marriage took place one or two years before the oldest child was born.
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#Search for the '''parents' birth records.''' On the average, people married in their early 20s, so subtact 25 or so years from the marriage date for a starting year to search for the parents' birth records.
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#Search the '''death registers for all family members.'''
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#If you do not find earlier generations in the parish registers, search neighboring parishes.<br>
  
== Did you know?  ==
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*Marriages were usually performed and recorded '''where the bride lived.'''
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*Do not overlook the '''importance of death records.''' Death records are especially helpful because they may provide important information about a person’s birth, spouse, and parents. Civil death records often exist for individuals for whom there are no birth or marriage records.
  
In Fryslân you will often come across the name '''Anne''', but understand that this is a '''male''' person! It is pronounced 'Onne'. The English equivalent is Andrew or Andy. The female name is Anna or Antje.
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[[Category:Netherlands Provinces]]
  
== Things you can do  ==
 
  
In order to make this wiki a better research tool, we need your help! Many tasks need to be done. You can help by:<br>
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*[http://www.allefriezen.nl/ AlleFriezen] is the main website devoted to Friesland.
*[[How to author an article in the Wiki|Create a new article]]
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*[http://www.tresoar.nl/ Tresoar] is an older edition of AlleFriezen
*[[How to categorize an article|Categorize articles]]
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*[https://www.wiewaswie.nl/ Wie Was Wie] is a major website for the whole of the Netherlands
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|Southeast = [[Drenthe, The Netherlands Genealogy|Drenthe]]
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|South    = [[Overijssel, The Netherlands Genealogy|Overijssel]]
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|Southwest = [[Flevoland, The Netherlands Genealogy|Flevoland]]<br />
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Guide to Fryslân or Friesland, The Netherlands ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Fryslân or Friesland' Wiki Topics
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Beginning Research
Record Types
Fryslân or Friesland Background
Local Research Resources

Background

The two official languages of Friesland are Frisian and Dutch. The native language is Frisian. Therefore Friesland is known as Fryslân in Frisian. This wiki article uses both names interchangeablky. Names of places may also have different names in Frisian and Dutch.

Jurisdictions in Fryslân or Friesland

Research Methods

Most of your genealogical research for Fryslân or Friesland will be in three main record types: civil registration, church records and population registers. This article will teach you methods for locating and searching these three record groups.

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Civil Registration (Burgelijke Stand)

  • Civil registration records are government records of births, marriages, and deaths. Access to Netherlands Civil Registration records online is excellent. There is usually no longer any need to use microfilms from the Family History Library, or to visit archives. Nearly all records have survived, since two copies were made of each record and stored separately.
  • Dates: Civil registration began 1 March 1811 while under French rule. Law allows birth records up to 1915, marriage records up to 1940 and death records up to 1965 to be released to the public as of 2016. Archives can be up to 10 years behind putting them online.
    • Births(Geboorten): Child’s name, birth date and place; parents’ names, ages, residence, and occupation: witnesses’ name, ages, occupations, residences; yearly indexes.
    • Marriages(Huwelijken): Bride and groom names, ages, residences, occupations, birth places; date and place of the marriage; parents' names, residences, occupations, whether living; the names of the witnesses, their ages, occupations, residence, and relationship to the bride or groom, if any; and officer who performed ceremony, former spouses, yearly indexes.
    • Marriage supplements(Huwelijksbijlagen): Copies of birth or baptism records of bride and groom; military conscription record of groom, containing name, birthdate, and parents, and sometimes a physical description; copies of death or burial records of deceased former spouses; copies of death or burial records of parents, if the marrying person is under 30 (and sometimes if they are over 30); (pre-1850), if both parents are dead, death or burial records of grandparents.
    • Death registers(Overlijdens): Deceased's name, age, death date and place, occupation, birth place; name of spouse(s), parents’ names; names of the witnesses, their ages, occupations, residence, and relationship if any.
  • To learn more about The Netherlands Civil Registration, read Netherlands Civil Registration.


Online Digital Records for Civil Registration

Digital copies of civil registration can be searched online:


Church Records (DTB)

  • Church records are the main sources for births, marriages and deaths in the Netherlands between about 1550 and 1811.They recorded baptisms (or circumcisions), marriages and burials and sometimes confirmations, membership records and conversions.
  • In the late 1500s Churches began to mandate that registers of baptisms and marriages were kept. Burials were often not recorded at first. Records do not always exist for the period before 1700.
  • Records kept by Catholics are written in Latin. Most other records will be written in Dutch.
  • The main types of Church records are
    • Baptisms(Dopen): Child’s name,baptism date, sometimes birth date, parents’ names and residence: witnesses’ name.
    • Marriages(Trouwen): Bride and groom names, sometimes ages, residences and/or birthplace, date and place of the marriage; parents' names,; the names of the witnesses and relationship to the bride or groom, if any, former spouses.
    • Burials(Begraven): Deceased's name, death date and place, name of spouse(s),
  • Church records continued to be kept after the introduction of civil registration, but after 1811 they were mostly superseded by Civil Registration.
  • To learn more about church records, see Netherlands Church Records.

Online Digital Records for Church Records

Population Registers (Bevolkingregisters)

See Netherlands Population for further information.

From 1850 onwards the Government has recorded the address and basic details such as name, birthdate, birthplace, occupation and religion of all residents of the Netherlands.

  • From 1850-1940 these are on paper and public.
  • From 1940-1994 these are on paper and can be viewed on request (see below)
  • From 1994-present these are in digital format and can be viewed on request (see below)

Accessing Population Registers

  • From 1940 onwards. The records are only public if the person has been deceased for about two years. You must contact the Central Bureau for Genealogy, fill in an application form and pay the fee as explained on their website. Email it to pkpl@cbg.nlor post to
CBG/Center for Family History
Section Personcart and Personlist
PO Box 11755
2502 AT, The Hague
The Netherlands

If the record is found, it will also contain details about the main person's parents, spouse and children. Some information may be blanked out in the case of people deceased relatively recently.

Reading the Records

  • Records are most commonly written in Dutch or Latin. You do not have to be fluent these languages to read your documents! Genealogical records usually contain a limited vocabulary. Use this Dutch Genealogical Word List to translate the important points in the document.
  • Also, the handwriting can be slightly different, so you will want to watch these lessons, as needed, depending on the pre-dominant language in the region your ancestors lived:
Reading Dutch Handwritten Records Lesson 1: The Dutch Alphabet.
Reading Dutch Handwritten Records Lesson 2: Dutch Words and Dates.
Reading Dutch Handwritten Records Lesson 3: Reading Dutch Records.


Tips for Finding Your Ancestor in the Records

  • Effective use of civil registration and church records includes the following strategies:
  1. Identify your ancestor by finding his birth or christening record.
  2. When you find an ancestor’s birth or baptismal record, search for the births of siblings.
  3. Search for the parents’ marriage record. Typically, the marriage took place one or two years before the oldest child was born.
  4. Search for the parents' birth records. On the average, people married in their early 20s, so subtact 25 or so years from the marriage date for a starting year to search for the parents' birth records.
  5. Search the death registers for all family members.
  6. If you do not find earlier generations in the parish registers, search neighboring parishes.
  • Marriages were usually performed and recorded where the bride lived.
  • Do not overlook the importance of death records. Death records are especially helpful because they may provide important information about a person’s birth, spouse, and parents. Civil death records often exist for individuals for whom there are no birth or marriage records.

Websites

Elfstedentocht Sloten 1986.png
  • AlleFriezen is the main website devoted to Friesland.
  • Tresoar is an older edition of AlleFriezen
  • Wie Was Wie is a major website for the whole of the Netherlands