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[[The Netherlands|Netherlands Homepage]] <br>Netherlands Language and Languages Most materials used in Dutch research are written in Dutch, but actually two languages are spoken in the Netherlands; in the province of Fryslân (Friesland) the Frisian language (not a dialect!) is spoken. You do not need to speak or read Dutch to do research in records of the Netherlands. However, you will need to know some key words and phrases to understand the records.
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== Netherlands Language and Languages ==
  
''See the 3 FamilySearch Tutorials on ''[https://www.familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?fq=place%3A%22Netherlands%22 ''"Reading Dutch Written Records"&nbsp;'']
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This list summarizes what languages are used in different records.  
 
 
Because of the presence of several different religions, including Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Walloon (French Reformed) and Portuguese Jewish, you will find several other languages in Dutch records. These include Latin, German, French, and Portuguese.
 
 
 
Dutch grammar and customs may affect the way names appear in genealogical records. For example, your ancestor’s name may vary between records in Dutch. For help in understanding name variations, see [[Netherlands Names, Personal]].&nbsp; Dutch also exhibits a tremendous amount of variation in its spelling.&nbsp; Click here to see an article on [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Spelling_Variations_in_Dutch_Documents Spelling Variations in Dutch Documents].
 
 
 
=== Language Aids  ===
 
 
 
On the following Internet address [http://gtb.inl.nl/ Integrated Language Bank] you can find: a modern Dutch dictionary, old, early Middle Ages and later Middle Ages Dutch dictionaries and a Frisian dictionary.
 
 
 
The Family History Library has genealogical word lists for Dutch, [[French Wordlist|French]], [[German Word List|German]], [[Latin Genealogical Word List|Latin]], and [[Portuguese Genealogical Word List|Portuguese]]. The Dutch Word list is found below at the end of this section.
 
 
 
The [[Image:German Gothic Handwriting Guide.pdf|Gothic Handwriting Guide]]includes an example of the German (Gothic) alphabet in print and handwriting. Also go to [[Germany Handwriting]].
 
 
 
''See the 3 FamilySearch Tutorials on ''[https://www.familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?fq=place%3A%22Netherlands%22 ''"Reading Dutch Written Records"&nbsp;'']
 
 
 
The following books and English–Dutch dictionaries can also aid your research. You can find these and similar material at many research libraries.
 
 
 
''Cassell’s English–Dutch Dutch–English Dictionary.'' 36th ed. New York: Macmillan, 1981. (FHL book 439.31321 Ca272.)
 
 
 
Stierp–Impink, A. C. ''Practisijns Woordenboekje, of Verzameling van Meest alle de Woorden in de Rechtskunde Gebruikelijk (Lawyer’s Dictionary, or List of Most Words Used in Legal Documents).'' Alkmaar: A. C. Stierp–Impink, 1985. (FHL book 949.2 P26s.) This legal dictionary, originally created in 1785, identifies words found in court, land, notarial, and guardianship records.
 
 
 
Verdam, J. ''Middelnederlandsch Handwoordenboek (Middle Dutch Dictionary).'' ’s-Gravenhage: Martinus Nijhoff, 1964. (FHL book 439.317 V582m; film 1045404 item 2.) This dictionary will help with most archaic words found in documents before 1811.
 
 
 
Additional language aids, including dictionaries of various dialects and time periods, are listed in the Place search of the Family History Library Catalog under:
 
 
 
NETHERLANDS – LANGUAGE AND LANGUAGES
 
 
 
NETHERLANDS, [PROVINCE] – LANGUAGE AND LANGUAGES
 
 
 
or in the "Subject Search" under:
 
  
DUTCH LANGUAGE – DICTIONARIES
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'''Dutch''': Used in Dutch Reformed Church records and [[Netherlands Civil Registration|Civil Registration]] after 1813. Used for any other government records. <br> '''Frisian''': May be used in place of Dutch in Friesland <br> '''Latin''': Used in Catholic Church records <br> '''German''': Used in Lutheran Church records <br> '''French''': Used in Wallonia Reformed Church records, and in pre-1813 Civil Registration <br> '''Portuguese''': Used in some Jewish records
  
=== Dutch Word List  ===
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This list contains Dutch words with their English translations. The words included here are those that you are likely to find in genealogical sources. If the word you are looking for is not on this list, please consult a Dutch-English dictionary. (See the "Additional Resources" section below.)
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== Dutch Language  ==
  
Dutch (like English and German), is a Germanic language derived from Old Low Franconian and Old Saxon. Many of the words resemble English and German words. Latin also sometimes appears in older Dutch records. See the [[Latin Genealogical Word List]] . For a time, Dutch records were written in French. See the [[France Language and Languages|France Language and Languages]].
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Dutch (like English and German), is a Germanic language derived from Old Low Franconian and Old Saxon. <br>
  
Dutch is spoken in the Netherlands, northern Belgium, the Netherlands Antilles in the Caribbean, and Suriname. Flemish, which is spoken in Belgium, is a major dialect (regional variation) of Dutch. It uses words similar to the words on this list. Afrikaans, a separate language spoken in South Africa, is descended&nbsp; from Dutch and preserves many older and dialect features of Dutch, but contains many German and English words as well . <br>Frisian, which is spoken in the Dutch province of Friesland, is a different language from Dutch. <br>The "Additional Resources" section below will tell you how to use the Family History Library Catalog to find dictionaries of the various dialects and related languages.  
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Dutch is spoken in the Netherlands, northern Belgium, the Netherlands Antilles in the Caribbean, and Suriname. Flemish, which is spoken in Belgium, is a major dialect (regional variation) of Dutch. It uses words similar to the words on this list. Afrikaans, a separate language spoken in South Africa, is descended&nbsp; from Dutch and preserves many older and dialect features of Dutch, but contains many German and English words as well . <br>Frisian, which is spoken in the Dutch province of Friesland, is a different language from Dutch. <br>The "Additional Resources" section below will tell you how to use the FamilySearch Catalog to find dictionaries of the various dialects and related languages.  
  
In addition, Dutch is found in some early records of the United States (mostly in New York, New Jersey, Michigan, and Iowa) and in South Africa, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Brasil and Taiwan.  
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In addition, Dutch is found in some early records of the United States (mostly in New York, New Jersey, Michigan, and Iowa) and in South Africa, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Brazil and Taiwan.  
  
=== LANGUAGE CHARACTERISTICS ===
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=== Language Characteristics ===
  
Dutch, along with German, English, Frisian, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, and Afrikaans, is a Germanic language. It is very closely related to the dialects of northern Germany known as [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Low_German_Language_in_German_Research Low German].&nbsp; Indeed, the traditional dialects along the Dutch-German border are virtually the same.&nbsp; You may want to read about the linguistic situation in the [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Languages_in_the_Lower_Rhine_Area_of_Germany lower Rhine ]area or about [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Spelling_Variants_in_the_Northern_Rheinland spelling variations] there.  
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Dutch, along with German, English, Frisian, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, and Afrikaans, is a Germanic language. It is very closely related to the dialects of northern Germany known as [[Low German Language in German Research|Low German]].&nbsp; Indeed, the traditional dialects along the Dutch-German border are virtually the same.&nbsp; You may want to read about the linguistic situation in the [[Languages in the Lower Rhine Area of Germany|lower Rhine]] area or about [[Spelling Variants in the Northern Rheinland|spelling variations]] there.  
  
 
Dutch words for nouns (persons, places, and things) are classified as either common or neuter.  
 
Dutch words for nouns (persons, places, and things) are classified as either common or neuter.  
  
[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Spelling_Variations_in_Dutch_Documents '''Variant Forms of Words''']  
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[[Spelling Variants in Dutch Documents|'''Variant Forms of Words''']]  
  
 
In Dutch, as in English, the forms of some words will vary according to how they are used in a sentence. Who—whose—whom, or marry—marries—married are examples of words in English with variant forms. This word list gives the standard form of each Dutch word. As you read Dutch records, you will need to be aware that some words vary with usage.  
 
In Dutch, as in English, the forms of some words will vary according to how they are used in a sentence. Who—whose—whom, or marry—marries—married are examples of words in English with variant forms. This word list gives the standard form of each Dutch word. As you read Dutch records, you will need to be aware that some words vary with usage.  
  
The prefix '''t''is equal to the Dutch word ''het'', which means the. The prefix'''''<i>s</i>- is a part of many place-names and means ''des ''(of the). All prefixes are disregarded in alphabetized lists, except in Flemish records.  
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The prefix '''''t''''' is equal to the Dutch word het, which means the. The prefix ''s-'' is a part of many place-names and means ''des ''(of the). All prefixes are disregarded in alphabetized lists, except in Flemish records.  
  
 
The endings of words in a document may differ from what you find in this list. For example, the document may use the word ''jonger'', but you will find it in this word list as ''jong''. In addition, the suffixes ''-je, -tje,-tien'', or -''ke ''are often added to words to indicate "little." These suffixes can also indicate the feminine version of a name. Therefore, the word ''zoontje ''means "little" or "young (tje) son (zoon)." The ending -''sdr ''means "daughter of."  
 
The endings of words in a document may differ from what you find in this list. For example, the document may use the word ''jonger'', but you will find it in this word list as ''jong''. In addition, the suffixes ''-je, -tje,-tien'', or -''ke ''are often added to words to indicate "little." These suffixes can also indicate the feminine version of a name. Therefore, the word ''zoontje ''means "little" or "young (tje) son (zoon)." The ending -''sdr ''means "daughter of."  
  
Plural forms of Dutch words usually add -''en ''or -''s ''to the singular word. Thus ''boer'' (farmer) becomes ''boeren'' (farmers), and ''tafel'' (table or index) becomes ''tafels'' (tables or indexes).  
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Plural forms of Dutch words usually add -''en ''or -''s ''to the singular word. Thus ''boer'' (farmer) becomes ''boeren'' (farmers), and ''tafel'' (table or index) becomes ''tafels'' (tables or indexes). Rarely, -''eren'' is added to form the plural. Examples: ''blad'' becomes ''bladeren'' (leaves [of a tree]), ''kind'' becomes ''kinderen'' (children).  
  
 
In Dutch, many words are formed by joining two or more words. Very few of these compound words are included in this list. You will need to look up each part of the word separately. For example, ''geboortedag'' is a combination of two words, ''geboorte ''(birth) and ''dag'' (day).  
 
In Dutch, many words are formed by joining two or more words. Very few of these compound words are included in this list. You will need to look up each part of the word separately. For example, ''geboortedag'' is a combination of two words, ''geboorte ''(birth) and ''dag'' (day).  
  
'''Alphabetical Order'''
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==== Alphabetical Order ====
  
 
In the Dutch language, the letter combination ij is considered a single letter. It has the same value as y, and it is usually alphabetized as if it were a y. Some Dutch dictionaries and indexes use the following alphabetical order:  
 
In the Dutch language, the letter combination ij is considered a single letter. It has the same value as y, and it is usually alphabetized as if it were a y. Some Dutch dictionaries and indexes use the following alphabetical order:  
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't '''Z'''andt  
 
't '''Z'''andt  
  
'''Spelling'''
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==== Spelling ====
  
Spelling rules were not standardized in earlier centuries. Writers often failed to dot the ij, so that it looks like a y. The letter y was not used in older records. In Dutch, the following spelling variations are common.  
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Spelling rules were not standardized in earlier centuries. Writers often failed to dot the ij, so that it looks like a y. The letter y was not used in older records. In Dutch, the following spelling variations are common.See the article [[Spelling Variants in Dutch Documents]]
  
 
y used for ij  
 
y used for ij  
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Marietje spelled as Marietie  
 
Marietje spelled as Marietie  
  
=== ADDITIONAL RESOURCES ===
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=== Additional Resources ===
  
This word list includes only the words most commonly found in genealogical sources. For further help, use a Dutch-English dictionary. Several Dutch-English dictionaries are available at the Family History Library. These are in the European collection. Their call numbers begin with 439.31321.  
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The word list on this article includes only the words most commonly found in genealogical sources. For further help, use a Dutch-English dictionary. Several Dutch-English dictionaries are available at the Family History Library. These are in the European collection. Their call numbers begin with 439.31321.  
  
 
The following dictionary is available on microfilm for use in Family History Centers:  
 
The following dictionary is available on microfilm for use in Family History Centers:  
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''Dutch-English, English-Dutch Van Goor Dictionary''. 's-Gravenhage: G. B. Van Goor, 1938. (FHL film 1183584 item 2.)  
 
''Dutch-English, English-Dutch Van Goor Dictionary''. 's-Gravenhage: G. B. Van Goor, 1938. (FHL film 1183584 item 2.)  
  
Additional dictionaries are listed in the Subject search of the Family History Library Catalog under DUTCH LANGUAGE - DICTIONARIES or in the Place search under NETHERLANDS - LANGUAGE AND LANGUAGES. These include dictionaries of various dialects and time periods.  
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Additional dictionaries are listed in the Subject search of the FamilySearch Catalog under DUTCH LANGUAGE - DICTIONARIES or in the Place search under NETHERLANDS - LANGUAGE AND LANGUAGES. These include dictionaries of various dialects and time periods.  
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<br> On the following Internet address [http://gtb.inl.nl/ Integrated Language Bank] you can find: a modern Dutch dictionary, old, early Middle Ages and later Middle Ages Dutch dictionaries and a Frisian dictionary.
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<br> The [[Image:German Gothic Handwriting Guide.pdf|Gothic Handwriting Guide]]includes an example of the German (Gothic) alphabet in print and handwriting. Also go to [[Germany Handwriting]].
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''See the 3 FamilySearch Tutorials on ''[https://www.familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?fq=place%3A%22Netherlands%22 ''"Reading Dutch Written Records"&nbsp;'']
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<br> ''Cassell’s English–Dutch Dutch–English Dictionary.'' 36th ed. New York: Macmillan, 1981. (FHL book 439.31321 Ca272.)
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Stierp–Impink, A. C. ''Practisijns Woordenboekje, of Verzameling van Meest alle de Woorden in de Rechtskunde Gebruikelijk (Lawyer’s Dictionary, or List of Most Words Used in Legal Documents).'' Alkmaar: A. C. Stierp–Impink, 1985. (FHL book 949.2 P26s.) This legal dictionary, originally created in 1785, identifies words found in court, land, notarial, and guardianship records.
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Verdam, J. ''Middelnederlandsch Handwoordenboek (Middle Dutch Dictionary).'' ’s-Gravenhage: Martinus Nijhoff, 1964. (FHL book 439.317 V582m; film 1045404 item 2.) This dictionary will help with most archaic words found in documents before 1811.
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NETHERLANDS – LANGUAGE AND LANGUAGES
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NETHERLANDS, [PROVINCE] – LANGUAGE AND LANGUAGES
  
=== KEY WORDS ===
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DUTCH LANGUAGE – DICTIONARIES
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=== Key Words ===
  
 
To find and use specific types of Dutch records, you will need to know some key words in Dutch. This section lists key genealogical terms in English and the Dutch words with the same or similar meanings.  
 
To find and use specific types of Dutch records, you will need to know some key words in Dutch. This section lists key genealogical terms in English and the Dutch words with the same or similar meanings.  
  
 
For example, in the first column you will find the English word marriage. In the second column you will find Dutch words with meanings such as marry, marriage, wedding, wedlock, unite, legitimate, joined, and other words used in Dutch records to indicate marriage.  
 
For example, in the first column you will find the English word marriage. In the second column you will find Dutch words with meanings such as marry, marriage, wedding, wedlock, unite, legitimate, joined, and other words used in Dutch records to indicate marriage.  
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For a full word list, visit [[Dutch Genealogical Word List|Dutch Genealogical Word List]]
  
 
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=== NUMBERS ===
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==== Numbers ====
  
 
In some genealogical records, numbers are written out. This is especially true with dates. The following list gives the cardinal (1, 2, 3) and the ordinal (1st, 2nd, 3rd) versions of each number. Days of the month are written in ordinal form.  
 
In some genealogical records, numbers are written out. This is especially true with dates. The following list gives the cardinal (1, 2, 3) and the ordinal (1st, 2nd, 3rd) versions of each number. Days of the month are written in ordinal form.  
  
Cardinal   Ordinal
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1 een 1st eerste
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2 twee 2nd tweede  
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3 drie 3rd derde  
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4 vier 4th vierde  
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5 vijf 5th vijfde  
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6 zes 6th zesde  
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7 zeven 7th zevende  
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| een  
8 acht 8th achtste  
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| 1st  
9 negen 9th negende  
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| eerste
10 tien 10th tiende  
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11 elf 11th elfde  
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| 2  
12 twaalf 12th twaalfde  
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| twee  
13 dertien 13th dertiende  
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| 2nd  
14 veertien 14th veertiende  
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| tweede
15 vijftien 15th vijftiende  
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16 zestien 16th zestiende  
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17 zeventien 17th zeventiende  
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18 achttien 18th achttiende  
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19 negentie 19th negentiende  
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| derde
20 twintig 20th twintigste  
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21 eenentwintig 21st eenentwintigste  
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22 tweeëntwintig 22th tweeëntwintigste  
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| vier  
23 drieentwintig 23th drieentwintigste  
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| 4th  
24 vierentwintig 24th vierentwintigste  
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| vierde
25 vijfentwintig 25th vijfentwintigste  
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26 zesentwintig 26th zesentwintigste  
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| 5  
27 zevenentwintig 27th zevenentwintigste  
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| vijf  
28 achtentwintig 28th achtentwintigste  
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| 5th  
29 negenentwintig 29th negenentwintigste  
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| vijfde
30 dertig 30th dertigste  
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31 eenendertig 31th eenendertigste  
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| 6  
40 veertig 40th veertigste  
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| zes  
50 vijftig 50th vijftigste  
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| 6th  
60 zestig 60th zestigste  
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| zesde
70 zeventig 70th zevenstigte  
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80 tachtig 80th tachtigste  
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| 7  
90 negentig 90th negentigste  
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| zeven  
100 honderd 100th honderdste  
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| 7th  
101 honderd(en)een 101st honderd(en)eerste  
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| zevende
200 tweehonderd 200th tweehonderdste  
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1000 duizend 1000th duizendste
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| acht  
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| 8th  
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| achtste
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| 9  
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| negen  
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| 9th  
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| negende
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| 10  
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| tien  
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| 10th  
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| tiende
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| 11  
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| elf  
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| 11th  
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| elfde
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| 12  
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| twaalf  
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| 12th  
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| twaalfde
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| 13  
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| dertien  
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| 13th  
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| dertiende
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| 14  
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| veertien  
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| 14th  
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| veertiende
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| 15  
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| vijftien  
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| 15th  
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| vijftiende
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|-
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| 16  
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| zestien  
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| 16th  
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| zestiende
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|-
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| 17  
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| zeventien  
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| 17th  
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| zeventiende
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|-
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| 18  
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| achttien  
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| 18th  
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| achttiende
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|-
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| 19  
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| negentie  
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| 19th  
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| negentiende
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|-
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| 20  
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| twintig  
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| 20th  
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| twintigste
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|-
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| 21  
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| eenentwintig  
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| 21st  
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| eenentwintigste
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|-
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| 22  
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| tweeëntwintig  
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| 22th  
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| tweeëntwintigste
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| 23  
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| drieentwintig  
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| 23th  
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| drieentwintigste
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|-
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| 24  
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| vierentwintig  
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| 24th  
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| vierentwintigste
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|-
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| 25  
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| vijfentwintig  
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| 25th  
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| vijfentwintigste
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|-
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| 26  
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| zesentwintig  
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| 26th  
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| zesentwintigste
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|-
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| 27  
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| zevenentwintig  
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| 27th  
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| zevenentwintigste
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|-
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| 28  
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| achtentwintig  
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| 28th  
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| achtentwintigste
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|-
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| 29  
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| negenentwintig  
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| 29th  
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| negenentwintigste
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| 30  
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| dertig  
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| 30th  
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| dertigste
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| 31  
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| eenendertig  
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| 31th  
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| eenendertigste
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| 40  
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| veertig  
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| 40th  
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| veertigste
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|-
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| 50  
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| vijftig  
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| 50th  
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| vijftigste
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|-
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| 60  
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| zestig  
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| 60th  
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| zestigste
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| 70  
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| zeventig  
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| 70th  
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| zevenstigte
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| 80  
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| tachtig  
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| 80th  
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| tachtigste
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| 90  
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| negentig  
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| 90th  
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| negentigste
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| 100  
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| honderd  
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| 100th  
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| honderdste
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| 101  
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| honderd(en)een  
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| 101st  
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| honderd(en)eerste
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| 200  
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| tweehonderd  
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| 200th  
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| tweehonderdste
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| 1000  
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| duizend  
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| 1000th  
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=== <br>DATES AND TIME ===
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==== Dates and Time ====
  
 
In Dutch records, dates are often written out. For example:  
 
In Dutch records, dates are often written out. For example:  
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To understand Dutch dates, use the following lists as well as the preceding "Numbers" section.  
 
To understand Dutch dates, use the following lists as well as the preceding "Numbers" section.  
  
<br>'''Months'''
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===== Months =====
  
'''English''' '''Dutch'''         '''Archaic Form'''
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February Februari   sprokkelmaand
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March         Maart           lentemaand
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April         April             grasmaand
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May         Mei           bloeimaand
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June         Juni           zomermaand
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July         Juli           hooimaand
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| January  
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| Januari  
September September (7ber) herfstmaand
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| louwmaand  
October October (8ber)   wijnmaand
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| tanning month
November November (9ber)   slachtmaand
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| March  
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| Maart  
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| lentemaand  
 +
| spring month
 +
|-
 +
| April  
 +
| April  
 +
| grasmaand  
 +
| grass month
 +
|-
 +
| May  
 +
| Mei  
 +
| bloeimaand  
 +
| blossom month
 +
|-
 +
| June  
 +
| Juni  
 +
| zomermaand  
 +
| summer month
 +
|-
 +
| July  
 +
| Juli  
 +
| hooimaand  
 +
| hay month
 +
|-
 +
| August  
 +
| Augustus  
 +
| oogstmaand  
 +
| harvest month
 +
|-
 +
| September  
 +
| September (7ber)  
 +
| herfstmaand  
 +
| autumn month
 +
|-
 +
| October  
 +
| October (8ber)  
 +
| wijnmaand  
 +
| wine month
 +
|-
 +
| November  
 +
| November (9ber)  
 +
| slachtmaand  
 +
| slaughter month
 +
|-
 +
| December  
 +
| December (10ber)  
 +
| wintermaand  
 +
| winter month
 +
|}
  
<br>'''Days of the Week'''
+
===== Days of the Week =====
  
'''English''' '''Dutch'''  
+
{|
 
+
|-
  Sunday Zondag
+
| '''English'''  
Monday Maandag
+
| '''Dutch'''
Tuesday Dinsdag
+
|-
Wednesday Woensdag
+
| Sunday  
Thursday Donderdag
+
| Sondag
Friday Vrijdag
+
|-
Saturday Zaterdag
+
| Monday  
 +
| Maandag
 +
|-
 +
| Tuesday  
 +
| Dinsdag
 +
|-
 +
| Wednesday  
 +
| Woensdag
 +
|-
 +
| Thursday  
 +
| Donderdag
 +
|-
 +
| Friday  
 +
| Vrijdag
 +
|-
 +
| Saturday  
 +
| Zaterdag
 +
|}
  
<br>'''Times of the Day'''
+
===== Times of the Day =====
  
 
Dutch birth and death records often indicated the time of day when the birth or death occurred. This is usually written out.  
 
Dutch birth and death records often indicated the time of day when the birth or death occurred. This is usually written out.  
  
    '''Dutch'''                       '''English'''
+
{|
des avonds ('s avonds)     in the evening
+
|-
des middags ('s middags)       in the afternoon
+
| '''Dutch'''  
des morgens ('s morgens)       in the morning
+
| '''English'''
des nachts ('s nachts)     in the night
+
|-
in de namiddag             in the mid-afternoon
+
| des avonds ('s avonds)  
in de voormiddag             in the mid-morning
+
| in the evening
 +
|-
 +
| des middags ('s middags)  
 +
| in the afternoon
 +
|-
 +
| des morgens ('s morgens)  
 +
| in the morning
 +
|-
 +
| des nachts ('s nachts)  
 +
| in the night
 +
|-
 +
| in de namiddag  
 +
| in the mid-afternoon
 +
|-
 +
| in de voormiddag  
 +
| in the mid-morning
 +
|}
  
=== Alphabetical ===
+
== Other languages ==
  
==== A  ====
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The Family History Library has genealogical word lists for Dutch, [[French Wordlist|French]], [[German Word List|German]], [[Latin Genealogical Word List|Latin]], and [[Portuguese Genealogical Word List|Portuguese]]. The Dutch Word list is found below at the end of this article.
  
*'''aan''' - upon, to
+
The [[Image:German Gothic Handwriting Guide.pdf|Gothic Handwriting Guide]]includes an example of the German (Gothic) alphabet in print and handwriting. Also go to [[Germany Handwriting]].  
*'''aangenomen naam - '''named, alias, also known as, assumed name, accepted surname
 
*'''aannemen''' to adopt (a child), to assume, to take on
 
*'''aanneming''' confirmation
 
*'''aannemingsdag''' day of confirmation
 
*'''aanstaande''' next, toward, following, expectant, future, impending
 
*'''aanval''' stroke, attack
 
*'''aarde''' earth (buried in), ground
 
*'''aardrijkskundig woordenboek''' gazetteer
 
*'''acht''' eight
 
*'''achtenswaardig''' respectable, honorable
 
*'''achtentwintig''' twenty-eight
 
*'''achtentwintigste''' twenty-eighth
 
*'''achterkleindochter''' great-granddaughter
 
*'''achterkleinzoon''' great-grandson
 
*'''achternaam''' surname, last name
 
*'''achtste''' eighth
 
*'''achttien''' eighteen
 
*'''achttiende''' eighteenth
 
*'''adel''' nobility
 
*'''adellijk''' noble, titled
 
*'''aderlating''' bleeding, bloodletting
 
*'''adresboek''' directory
 
*'''advocaat''' notary, lawyer
 
*'''afkondigen''' to post banns
 
*'''afkondigingen''' proclamations, banns
 
*'''afschrift(en)''' extract, duplicate record, transcript, certified copy
 
*'''afwezig '''absent
 
*'''akte''' certificate, deed, license
 
*'''alhier''' here, at this place, locally
 
*'''alle''' all, every
 
*'''alleen''' alone, single, only
 
*'''altijd, steeds''' always
 
*'''ambt''' office, function, post
 
*'''ambtelijk''' official, professional&nbsp;
 
*'''ambtenaar''' official, registrar, civil servant, clerk
 
*'''ander(s)''' other
 
*'''anders genoemd''' alias, also known as
 
*'''angiften''' intentions (marriage), declarations
 
*'''Apostolisch''' Apostolic
 
*'''April, april''' April
 
*'''arbeider''' laborer
 
*'''archief''' archive
 
*'''archieven''' archives
 
*'''Augustus, augustus''' August
 
*'''avond ('s avonds)''' evening, (in the evening)
 
*'''Avondmaal''' communion, sacrament
 
 
 
==== B  ====
 
 
 
*'''bad(plaats)''' resort, spa, bath
 
*'''baker''' dry nurse
 
*'''bakker''' baker
 
*'''bedelaar''' beggar
 
*'''bedrag''' fee, amount (of money)
 
*'''bedrijf '''trade, business, concern
 
*'''begraafplaats''' cemetery
 
*'''begrafenis''' funeral
 
*'''begraven''' to bury
 
*'''behoeftigden''' needy, indigent
 
*'''behoren''' to belong to
 
*'''beide''' both
 
*'''bejaard''' aged
 
*'''bekende''' acquaintance
 
*'''belasting''' taxation
 
*'''Belg(isch)''' Belgian
 
*'''België''' Belgium
 
*'''bemerking''' remarks
 
*'''benadering''' approximation
 
*'''berg''' mountain
 
*'''beroep''' trade, occupation
 
*'''beschrijving''' description
 
*'''beslagnemen''' to seize
 
*'''besnijdenis''' circumcision
 
*'''bet-overgrootvader''' second great-grandfather
 
*'''bet-bet-overgrootvader''' third great-grandfather
 
*'''betrekking''' in relation to, relatives
 
*'''betuiging''' declaration, expression
 
*'''bevolking''' population
 
*'''bevolkingsregister''' population register
 
*'''bewaarder''' guardian, warden
 
*'''bewijs''' certificate, proof
 
*'''bewijs van overlijden''' proof of death, death certificate
 
*'''bewijs van trouwen''' proof of marriage, marriage certificate
 
*'''bidden''' to pray, to request
 
*'''bijlagen''' supplemental documents
 
*'''bijna''' almost, nearly
 
*'''bijnaam''' surname, nickname
 
*'''bijzit''' mistress, concubine
 
*'''binnenkant''' inside
 
*'''biografie''' biography
 
*'''bisdom''' diocese
 
*'''bladzijde (blz.)''' page
 
*'''bloedverwant''' blood relative
 
*'''bloeimaand''' blossoming month, May
 
*'''boek''' book
 
*'''boer''' farmer
 
*'''boerenarbeider''' cottager, farmhand, worker
 
*'''boerenknecht''' farm worker
 
*'''bos''' woods, forest
 
*'''bosbaas''' forester
 
*'''bosch''' woods, forest (old&nbsp;spelling of the word)
 
*'''boswachter''' forester
 
*'''boven''' above, over, upstairs
 
*'''bovengemelden'''&nbsp;above-mentioned
 
*'''braaf '''honest, worthy, good
 
*'''broeder, broer''' brother
 
*'''brouwer''' brewer
 
*'''brug''' bridge
 
*'''bruid''' bride
 
*'''bruidegom''' bridegroom
 
*'''buiten(kant)''' outside
 
*'''buitenechtelijk''' illegitimate
 
*'''burgemeester''' mayor
 
*'''burgelijke administralie''' civil administration
 
*'''burger''' citizen
 
*'''burgerboek''' citizenship book
 
*'''burgerlijke ambtenaar''' civil registrar
 
*'''burgerlijke stand''' civil registration, civil administration
 
*'''burgerschap''' citizenship
 
*'''buurman''' neighbor
 
*'''buurtschap''' neighborhood<br>
 
 
 
==== C  ====
 
 
 
*'''communicanten''' members, communicants
 
*'''comparant''' one who appeared
 
*'''compareerde''' appeared before
 
*'''confirmatie''' confirmation<br>
 
 
 
==== D  ====
 
 
 
*'''daar(heen)''' there
 
*'''dag '''day
 
*'''dag der begravenis '''day of the burial, burial day
 
*'''dagelijks '''daily
 
*'''dagloner '''day worker, day laborer
 
*'''dagteekening '''document date
 
*'''dal '''valley
 
*'''dat '''that
 
*'''datum '''date
 
*'''de '''the
 
*'''December, december&nbsp;'''December
 
*'''deden '''done
 
*'''deed '''did
 
*'''deel '''volume, part of
 
*'''Deen '''Dane
 
*'''Deens '''Danish
 
*'''degenen '''those
 
*'''Denemarken '''Denmark
 
*'''derde '''third
 
*'''dertien '''thirteen
 
*'''dertiende '''thirteenth
 
*'''dertig '''thirty
 
*'''dertigste '''thirtieth
 
*'''des '''of the
 
*'''dewelke '''of which, the which
 
*'''deze '''this, these
 
*'''diarree '''diarrhea
 
*'''die '''those, that
 
*'''dienst '''service, employment
 
*'''dienstbode '''servant
 
*'''dienstmeisje '''servant girl
 
*'''dienstsmeid '''maid
 
*'''dinsdag '''Tuesday
 
*'''diocees '''diocese
 
*'''dit '''this
 
*'''dochter(tje)''' (little) daughter
 
*'''doen '''to do
 
*'''dominee '''minister
 
*'''donderdag '''Thursday
 
*'''dood '''dead
 
*'''dood '''geboren stillborn
 
*'''doodgraver '''sexton, grave digger
 
*'''doop '''baptism, christening
 
*'''doopdag '''day of baptism
 
*'''doopregister '''baptismal register
 
*'''Doopsgezinde '''Mennonite, Baptist
 
*'''doopvader '''godfather, baptismal sponsor
 
*'''door '''through, by
 
*'''dopen '''to baptize
 
*'''dorp '''village
 
*'''drie '''three
 
*'''drieëntwintig '''twenty-three
 
*'''drieëntwintigste '''twenty-third
 
*'''drupped '''gout
 
*'''duits '''German (language)  
 
*'''duitser '''German (person)
 
*'''Duitsland '''Germany
 
*'''duizend '''thousand
 
*'''duizendste '''thousandth
 
*'''duplicaat '''duplicate
 
*'''dysenterie '''dysentery <br>
 
 
 
==== E  ====
 
 
 
*'''echt '''marriage
 
*'''echtbreker '''adulterer
 
*'''echtelieden '''spouses
 
*'''echtgenoot '''husband
 
*'''echtgenote '''wife
 
*'''echtgenoten '''husband and wife, spouses
 
*'''echtscheiding '''divorce
 
*'''echtverbintenis '''marriage
 
*'''edel(man) '''noble(man)
 
*'''een '''a, an, one
 
*'''eenendertig '''thirty-one
 
*'''eenendertigste '''thirty-first
 
*'''eenentwintig '''twenty-one
 
*'''eenjarig '''annual, yearly
 
*'''eerder '''before, previously, earlier
 
*'''eergisteren '''day before yesterday
 
*'''eerlijk '''honest
 
*'''<span style="display: none" id="1277776595285S">&nbsp;</span>eerste <span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1277776594859_178" />'''first
 
*'''eertijds '''formerly
 
*'''eeuw '''century
 
*'''ehelieden '''spouses
 
*'''eigenaar '''owner, proprietor
 
*'''eigengeërfde '''yeoman, freeholder
 
*'''eiland, eilant '''island
 
*'''elf '''eleven
 
*'''elfde '''eleventh
 
*'''elk '''each, every
 
*'''emigrant emigrant'''
 
*'''emigranten register '''emigration file
 
*'''emigratie papieren '''emigration records
 
*'''en '''and  
 
*'''enig '''only, single
 
*'''erfenis '''inheritance
 
*'''erkennende&nbsp;'''recognizing, acknowledging
 
*'''ervan '''of it
 
*'''ervoor '''for it
 
*'''Evangelisch '''evangelical'''<br>'''
 
 
 
==== F  ====
 
 
 
*'''fabriek '''factory, mill
 
*'''familie-geschiedenis''' family history
 
*'''familieleden '''family members,relatives
 
*'''familielijst '''family list, group sheet
 
*'''familienaam '''family name, surname
 
*'''familiewapen '''familycoat of arms
 
*'''Februarij, februari'''&nbsp;February
 
*'''feestdag '''feast day, holiday
 
*'''fiches '''index cards
 
*'''florijn '''guilder
 
*'''Frankrijk '''France
 
*'''frans '''French
 
 
 
==== G  ====
 
 
 
*'''gangbaar '''current
 
*'''geboorte '''birth
 
*'''geboorteakte '''birth certificate
 
*'''geboortebewijs '''proof of birth,birth certificate
 
*'''geboorteplaats '''place of birth
 
*'''geboortetijd '''time of birth
 
*'''geboortig '''born at, native of
 
*'''geboren '''born, maiden name, née
 
*'''gebracht''' brought, placed, charged, put, been
 
*'''gedelegeerden''' delegate, delegates, delegates to<br>
 
*'''gedoopt '''baptized, christened
 
*'''geelzucht '''jaundice
 
*'''geen '''no, none, without
 
*'''geestelijke '''priest, clergyman
 
*'''gegeven '''given, gave
 
*'''gehucht '''hamlet
 
*'''gehuwd '''married
 
*'''geld '''money
 
*'''gelegitimeerd''' legitimized
 
*'''gelijk '''same, alike, similar
 
*'''gemeenschap '''community, township
 
*'''gemeente '''town, municipality, parish
 
*'''gemeenteraadslid '''councilman, town councilor
 
*'''genaamd '''named
 
*'''genaamt '''named
 
*'''genealogie '''genealogy
 
*'''genoemden''' named, mentioned
 
*'''gerechtelijk(e)''' court, judicial
 
*'''gerechtshof '''judicial court
 
*'''Gereformeerd(e) '''Calvinist Reformed
 
*'''gering '''small
 
*'''gescheiden '''divorced
 
*'''geschenk '''deed, gift, present
 
*'''geschiedenis '''history
 
*'''geslacht '''sex, gender
 
*'''geslachtsboom '''pedigree, family tree
 
*'''gestorven '''died
 
*'''gestorven zonder nageslacht''' died without issue
 
*'''geteekend '''signed, drew<br>
 
*'''getranscribeerd''' transcribed
 
*'''getrouwd '''married
 
*'''getuigen '''witnesses
 
*'''gewesen '''former
 
*'''gezegend '''blessed, the deceased
 
*'''gezin '''immediate family
 
*'''gezindheid '''religious affiliation
 
*'''gezinslijst '''family group sheet
 
*'''gezwel, gezwollenheid''' swelling, tumor
 
*'''gezworene '''juryman, person under oath
 
*'''gisteren '''yesterday
 
*'''Godsbeschikking '''dispensation, God's will
 
*'''godsdienst '''religion
 
*'''goed '''good, right, correct
 
*'''graaf '''count, earl
 
*'''graafschap '''county, shire
 
*'''graf '''grave, tomb
 
*'''grasmaand '''gras month,April
 
*'''grens '''border (between countries)
 
*'''grensgebied '''border, region
 
*'''groen '''green
 
*'''groet '''greet, greeting
 
*'''grondeigenaren '''property owners
 
*'''groot '''large, big, great
 
*'''groothandelaar '''trader, merchant
 
*'''grootmoeder '''grandmother
 
*'''grootvader '''grandfather
 
*'''gulden '''guilder (unit of money) <br>
 
 
 
==== H  ====
 
 
 
*'''haar, hare''' hair, her, hers
 
*'''had(den)''' had
 
*'''half '''half
 
*'''halfbroeder '''half brother
 
*'''halfzuster '''half sister
 
*'''handel '''trade, occupation
 
*'''handtekening '''signature
 
*'''handwerksgezel '''journeyman
 
*'''hebben '''to have
 
*'''heden '''today
 
*'''heel '''all, whole, entire, complete
 
*'''heer '''master, gentleman, Mr.
 
*'''Heer '''the Lord
 
*'''heerschappen '''gentry, lords
 
*'''hem '''him
 
*'''hen, hun '''them, their, theirs
 
*'''herbergier '''innkeeper
 
*'''herder '''shepherd
 
*'''herfst '''autumn, fall
 
*'''herfstmaand '''fall month''', '''September
 
*'''Hernhutter '''Moravian
 
*'''hertog '''duke
 
*'''hertogdom '''duchy
 
*'''hertogin '''duchess
 
*'''Hervormd(e) '''Dutch reformed
 
*'''Hessisch '''Hessian
 
*'''het '''it, the
 
*'''heuvel '''hill
 
*'''hij '''he
 
*'''hoe '''how
 
*'''hoer '''harlot, immoral woman
 
*'''hoesten '''cough
 
*'''hoger '''upper, higher
 
*'''hollands '''Dutch
 
*'''honderd '''hundred
 
*'''honderdste '''hundredth
 
*'''hoofdplaats''' capital
 
*'''hoog '''high
 
*'''hooimaand '''hay month, July
 
*'''houtvester '''forester
 
*'''huidziekte '''measles
 
*'''huis '''house
 
*'''huisgezin '''immediate family
 
*'''huishoudster''' housekeeper
 
*'''huisland '''home, native country, homeland
 
*'''huisvrouw '''housewife
 
*'''huizenkant '''inside, side of a house&nbsp;
 
*'''hun '''their
 
*'''huwelijksaangiften '''marriage intention
 
*'''huwelijk '''marriage
 
*'''huwelijksaf(aan)-kondigingen''' marriage banns
 
*'''huwelijksbijlagen '''marriage supplements
 
*'''huwelijksdag '''day of marriage
 
*'''huwelijksfeest '''wedding
 
*'''huwen '''to marry <br>
 
 
 
==== I  ====
 
 
 
*'''immigrant '''immigrant
 
*'''in '''in
 
*'''ingekomen '''arrival, immigration
 
*'''ingezetenen '''citizen, occupants
 
*'''inhoud '''contents
 
*'''inwoner '''inhabitant, citizen
 
*'''is '''is
 
*'''italiaans '''Italian
 
*'''Italië '''Italy <br>
 
 
 
==== J  ====
 
 
 
*'''jaar, jaren''' year, years
 
*'''jaarlijks '''annual, yearly
 
*'''jager '''hunter
 
*'''Januarij, januari'''&nbsp;January
 
*'''j.d. (jonge dochter) '''unmarried daughter
 
*'''j.g. (jong gezel)''' young man, bachelor
 
*'''jicht '''gout
 
*'''j.m. (jonge man)''' young man, bachelor
 
*'''jong(e) '''young
 
*'''jongeling '''a youth, unmarried man
 
*'''jongen '''boy
 
*'''Jood '''Jew
 
*'''joods(e) '''Jewish
 
*'''juffrouw '''Miss, Madame
 
*'''Julij, juli'''&nbsp;July
 
*'''Junij, juni&nbsp;'''June <br>
 
 
 
==== K  ====
 
 
 
*'''kamer '''room (in a house)
 
*'''kan '''can
 
*'''kanaal '''canal
 
*'''kanker '''cancer
 
*'''kantwerkster''' lacemaker<br>
 
*'''karman '''coachman
 
*'''kasteel '''castle
 
*'''Katholiek '''Catholic
 
*'''keizerlijk '''imperial
 
*'''keizerrijk '''empire
 
*'''kerk '''church
 
*'''kerkboek '''church book,parish register
 
*'''kerkelijk(e) '''church (pertaining to church)
 
*'''kerkelijk ambt''' parish office
 
*'''kerkeraads-handelingen''' church minutes
 
*'''kerkgenootschap '''religious affiliation
 
*'''kerk meester''' church warden
 
*'''kerk voogt''' church warden
 
*'''kil '''stream, brook
 
*'''kind, kinderen''' child, children
 
*'''kinkhoest '''whooping cough
 
*'''klapper '''index
 
*'''kledinghandelaar '''clothier
 
*'''kleermaker '''tailor
 
*'''klein '''little, small
 
*'''kleindochter '''granddaughter
 
*'''kleiner '''smaller, lesser
 
*'''kleinzoon '''grandson
 
*'''klompenmaker '''wooden shoemaker
 
*'''km. '''kilometer
 
*'''knecht '''servant, laborer, journeyman
 
*'''kohier(en)''' register(s), ledger(s)
 
*'''koning '''king
 
*'''koningin '''queen
 
*'''koninklijk '''royal
 
*'''koninkrijk '''kingdom
 
*'''koopman '''buyer, seller, vendor, trader, merchant
 
*'''kopen '''to buy
 
*'''koperslager '''coppersmith
 
*'''koster '''sexton
 
*'''kraambed '''childbed
 
*'''kraambed gestorven '''died in childbirth
 
*'''kraambedkoorts '''puerperal fever, childbed fever
 
*'''kramer '''seller, vendor, peddler
 
*'''krampachtig '''convulsions
 
*'''krampen '''cramps, convulsions
 
*'''krijgen '''to receive
 
*'''kuiper '''cooper
 
*'''kunnen '''could
 
*'''kwaal '''disease, complaint
 
*'''kwaliteit''' status, quality
 
*'''kwartierstaat '''pedigree, family tree <br>
 
 
 
==== L  ====
 
 
 
*'''laat, laatste tijd''' late (in the day), lately
 
*'''laatste '''latter, last
 
*'''lakenvoller (-volder)''' clothier, fuller
 
*'''land '''land, country
 
*'''landbouwer '''farmer
 
*'''landgoed, landbezit '''estate
 
*'''landkaart '''map
 
*'''landlieden '''farmers
 
*'''landman '''cottager, farmer
 
*'''land verlatend''' emigrant
 
*'''laten '''to let, leave, allow
 
*'''leeftijd '''age
 
*'''leerjongen '''apprentice
 
*'''leerling '''student, apprentice, pupil
 
*'''leggen '''to place, put, impose, to lay
 
*'''lente '''spring (season)
 
*'''lentemaand '''spring month,March
 
*'''leven '''to live
 
*'''levend '''living
 
*'''levenloos '''without life, stillborn
 
*'''levens-beschrijving''' biography
 
*'''lidmaten '''members, membership
 
*'''linker hand''' left hand
 
*'''links '''left (direction)
 
*'''linnenwever '''linen weaver
 
*'''logementhouder '''innkeeper
 
*'''longontsteking '''pneumonia
 
*'''longtering '''consumption, tuberculosis
 
*'''looier '''tanner
 
*'''louwmaand '''January
 
*'''Lutheraan, Luthers&nbsp;'''Lutheran
 
*'''lijk '''corpse
 
*'''lijnslager '''rope maker <br>
 
 
 
==== M  ====
 
 
 
*'''maagd '''virgin, maid, servant girl
 
*'''maand '''month
 
*'''maandag '''Monday
 
*'''maar '''but
 
*'''Maart '''March
 
*'''mag '''may (might)
 
*'''makelaar registers''' real estate registers
 
*'''man '''husband, man
 
*'''mannelijk '''male
 
*'''markt '''market
 
*'''mazelen '''measles
 
*'''meer '''lake, more
 
*'''meerderjarige '''of legal age
 
*'''Meij, mei'''&nbsp;May
 
*'''meier '''tenant farmer, bailiff
 
*'''meisje '''girl
 
*'''melkerij '''milk factory, dairy
 
*'''melkfabriek '''milk factory, dairy
 
*'''mengel (mingel)''' liquid measure, about one to two quarts
 
*'''met '''with
 
*'''met name''' named, alias
 
*'''metselaar '''mason, bricklayer
 
*'''meu''' aunt
 
*'''meubelmaker '''furniture maker
 
*'''middag ('s middags)''' afternoon (in the afternoon)
 
*'''middernacht '''midnight
 
*'''mijnheer '''Mr.
 
*'''mijnwerker '''miner
 
*'''militaire '''military
 
*'''minderjarige '''minor, below legal age
 
*'''misschien '''maybe, perhaps
 
*'''missen '''to miss, lack
 
*'''mocht '''might
 
*'''moeder '''mother
 
*'''moet(en)''' must
 
*'''mogen '''may (might have), to allow
 
*'''molen '''mill
 
*'''mondig verklaring''' declaration of being of legal age
 
*'''morgen '''unit of land area, about two acres
 
*'''morgen ('s morgens)''' morning, tomorrow (in the morning)
 
*'''mijl '''mile (varying lengths, up to 5.5 km.) <br>
 
 
 
==== N  ====
 
 
 
*'''na '''after
 
*'''naaister '''seamstress
 
*'''naam '''name
 
*'''naar '''to, toward, for, according to
 
*'''naar gelang van''' to, after, according to
 
*'''naast '''beside, following, next (to)
 
*'''nabijkomen '''approach, approximate
 
*'''nabuur '''neighbor
 
*'''nacht ('s nachts)''' night (in the night)
 
*'''namen '''names
 
*'''namiddag, ('s namiddags)''' afternoon (in the afternoon)
 
*'''neder '''low, lower (directional)
 
*'''Nederland''' the Netherlands
 
*'''nederlands '''Dutch
 
*'''neef '''nephew, male cousin
 
*'''neefje '''nephew, young male cousin
 
*'''negen '''nine
 
*'''negende '''ninth
 
*'''negenentwintig '''twenty-nine
 
*'''negenentwintigste '''twenty-ninth
 
*'''negentien '''nineteen
 
*'''negentiende '''nineteenth
 
*'''negentig '''ninety
 
*'''negentigste '''ninetieth
 
*'''neger '''Negro
 
*'''nicht '''niece, female cousin
 
*'''nichtje '''niece, young female cousin
 
*'''niet(s)''' no, none, not
 
*'''niets '''nothing
 
*'''nieuw '''new
 
*'''nimmer '''never
 
*'''noemen '''to christen, call, name
 
*'''nog '''still, yet, other
 
*'''nog in leven''' still living, surviving
 
*'''nommer, nummer '''number
 
*'''nooit '''never
 
*'''noor(s)''' Norwegian
 
*'''noord '''north
 
*'''Noorwegen '''Norway
 
*'''notaris '''notary
 
*'''november '''November <br>
 
 
 
==== O  ====
 
 
 
*'''october '''October
 
*'''of '''or
 
*'''om '''for, because of, at, round
 
*'''oma '''grandma
 
*'''omstreeks '''about, around&nbsp;
 
*'''on-''' un- (prefix)
 
*'''onbekend '''unknown
 
*'''onder '''under
 
*'''ondergetekende '''the undersigned
 
*'''ondertrouw '''betrothal (already registered)
 
*'''ondertrouw '''betrothal (already registered)
 
*'''onderwijzer '''(school) teacher
 
*'''onderwijzeres '''female teacher
 
*'''onecht kind''' illegitimate child
 
*'''ongehuwd '''unmarried
 
*'''ongeleerdheid''' illiterate, unlearned
 
*'''ongetrouwd '''single, unmarried
 
*'''ongeveer '''almost, approximately
 
*'''onkunde''' inability, incompetence, ignorance, ignorance of<br>
 
*'''onmiddellijk '''right away, immediately
 
*'''onmondigen '''minor, under age
 
*'''ons, onze''' us, our
 
*'''ontvangen '''to receive, received&nbsp;
 
*'''ontvanger '''tax collector
 
*'''onwettig '''illegitimate, illegal
 
*'''onze, ons''' us, our
 
*'''opgesteld''' drafted
 
*'''oogstmaand harv'''est month,August
 
*'''ook '''also
 
*'''oom '''uncle
 
*'''oorkonden '''records, documents
 
*'''oost '''east
 
*'''op '''on, upon
 
*'''opa '''grandpa
 
*'''opgetreden '''appeared
 
*'''op heden''' today, on this day
 
*'''op hoge leeftijd''' at a great (old) age
 
*'''opnemen '''to receive
 
*'''opper '''upper
 
*'''oprecht '''honest
 
*'''optreden '''to appear
 
*'''opziener '''overseer, inspector, guardian
 
*'''organisatie '''organization, society
 
*'''oud '''old (age)
 
*'''ouder '''older, elder
 
*'''ouderdom '''age
 
*'''ouders '''parents
 
*'''oudoom '''great-uncle
 
*'''oudste '''eldest
 
*'''oudtante '''great-aunt
 
*'''over '''above, over, via
 
*'''overeenkomst '''contract, agreement
 
*'''overgrootmoeder '''great-grandmother
 
*'''overgrootvader '''great-grandfather
 
*'''overleden '''dead, deceased
 
*'''overledene, de''' the deceased
 
*'''overlevenden '''survivors
 
*'''overlijden '''to die
 
*'''overnemen '''to take over, adopt (an action)
 
*'''overschrijven '''to extract <br>
 
 
 
==== P  ====
 
 
 
*'''pachter '''tenant farmer, leaser, one who leases
 
*'''pachter (van belastingen)''' publican, tax collector
 
*'''Palts, de''' the Palatinate
 
*'''Paltsgraafschap '''count palatine (the place)
 
*'''paltsgrafelijk''' (from the) palatinate
 
*'''parochie '''parish
 
*'''parochieregisters '''parish registers
 
*'''Pasen '''Easter, Passover
 
*'''Pascha''' Paasover
 
*'''pastoor '''pastor,&nbsp;priest (Roman Catholic church)
 
*'''patroon '''manor lord, patron, employer
 
*'''peet '''godfather, godparent, sponsor
 
*'''peetoom '''godfather
 
*'''peettante '''godmother
 
*'''pensionering '''retirement
 
*'''pest '''plague, pestilence
 
*'''petemoei '''godmother
 
*'''peten '''godparents
 
*'''plaag '''plague, scourge
 
*'''plaats '''place
 
*'''planter '''planter, farmer
 
*'''pokken '''smallpox
 
*'''Polen&nbsp;'''Poland, Poles
 
*'''pools '''Polish
 
*'''poorter '''citizen, freeman
 
*'''poortersboeken '''burgher registers
 
*'''portugees '''Portuguese
 
*'''predikant '''minister, clergyman (Protestant church)
 
*'''prins '''prince
 
*'''prinses '''princess
 
*'''protestant '''protestant
 
*'''protocol '''document, register
 
*'''provinciaal '''provincial
 
*'''provincie '''provinces
 
*'''Pruis(isch)''' Prussian
 
*'''Pruissen '''Prussia <br>
 
 
 
==== Q  ====
 
 
 
==== R  ====
 
 
 
*'''raad '''council, counsel
 
*'''recht '''right (correct), straight, law, justice
 
*'''rechter '''judge, magistrate
 
*'''rechter(zijde)''' right side
 
*'''rechter hand''' right hand
 
*'''rechterlijk '''legal, court (judicial)
 
*'''rechtmatig '''rightful, right (correct)
 
*'''rechts '''right (direction)
 
*'''regering '''government, administration
 
*'''rekeningen '''accounts, bills
 
*'''rentenier '''retired tradesperson, man of means
 
*'''rivier '''river
 
*'''roede '''rod (unit of length, about twelve feet or 3.6 meters)
 
*'''rond '''around, about
 
*'''rood '''red
 
*'''roodvonk '''scarlet fever
 
*'''Rooms Katholiek''' Roman Catholic
 
*'''ruim''' [ruim 80 = eighty plus years old] large, broad, wide, upwards of
 
*'''Rus(sisch)''' Russian
 
*'''Rusland '''Russia
 
*'''rijk '''empire, kingdom, rich, wealthy
 
*'''rijksarchief '''national and/orstate archive, public record office <br>
 
 
 
==== S  ====
 
 
 
*''''s = des''' of the
 
 
 
Sakser Saxon
 
 
 
*'''samen '''together
 
*'''schaapherder '''shepherd
 
*'''scheeps '''of a ship (the ship's)
 
*'''schenking '''donation, gift
 
*'''schepen '''alderman, magistrate, ships
 
*'''schepenakten '''city council records
 
*'''schilder '''painter
 
*'''schip '''ship
 
*'''schipper '''barge man, boatman, skipper
 
*'''schlepel '''unit of measure, about .7 to 1.3 bushels
 
*'''schoenmaker '''shoemaker
 
*'''school '''school
 
*'''schoondochter '''daughter-in-law
 
*'''schoonzoon '''son-in-law
 
*'''schoonzuster '''sister-in-law
 
*'''schriftgeleerde '''scribe
 
*'''schrijnwerker '''cabinet maker, joiner
 
*'''schrijver '''scribe, writer, author
 
*'''schuit '''barge, boat
 
*'''September '''September
 
*'''sinds(dien)''' since
 
*'''slachter, slager''' butcher
 
*'''slachtmaand '''slaughter month,November
 
*'''slag '''hit, stroke, blow
 
*'''slager, slachter''' butcher
 
*'''slechts '''but, only, merely
 
*'''sloot '''ditch
 
*'''slot '''lock, castle
 
*'''slotenmaker '''locksmith
 
*'''smid '''(black)smith
 
*'''soldaat '''soldier
 
*'''soms '''sometimes, besides, in addition to&nbsp;
 
*'''spaans '''Spanish
 
*'''Spanjaard '''Spaniard
 
*'''Spanje '''Spain
 
*'''spoedig '''quickly, soon, speedy
 
*'''sprokkelmaand '''wood gathering month, February
 
*'''staat '''state
 
*'''staats '''of the state
 
*'''staatsburger '''citizen
 
*'''stad '''city, town
 
*'''stamboeken '''lineage books, genealogical register
 
*'''stamboom '''pedigree
 
*'''steeds '''always, still
 
*steenbakker brick maker, stone mason
 
*'''stellen '''to place, put, impose
 
*'''sterven '''to die
 
*'''stief-''' step-
 
*'''straat '''street
 
*'''stroom '''stream,'''&nbsp;'''river
 
 
 
==== T  ====
 
 
 
*''''t = het''' the
 
*'''taal '''language
 
*'''tachtig '''eighty
 
*'''tachtigste '''eightieth
 
*'''tafel '''index, table
 
*'''tanden krijgen''' getting teeth, teething
 
*'''tante '''aunt
 
*'''te '''at, to
 
*'''tegelijk '''together, at the same time
 
*'''tegen(over)''' against, across
 
*'''tegenwoordigheid '''presence, the presence of
 
*'''te huis''' at home
 
*'''teraardebestelling '''burial, interment
 
*'''testament '''last will, testament
 
*'''thuis '''at home
 
*'''tien '''ten
 
*'''tiende '''tithing
 
*'''tiende '''tenth
 
*'''tienjarige tafels''' ten-year (decennial) index
 
*'''tiental''' [tiental dagen = about ten days] decade
 
*'''timmerman '''carpenter
 
*'''toekomend '''future, next
 
*'''toekomstig '''future, prostpective
 
*'''toenaam '''surname
 
*'''toestaan '''to let, grant, allow
 
*'''toestemmen '''to consent
 
*'''touwslager '''rope maker
 
*'''trouwboek '''marriage book
 
*'''trouwdag '''wedding day
 
*'''trouwen '''to marry
 
*'''tuberculose '''consumption, tuberculosis
 
*'''tuin '''garden, yard
 
*'''tuinman, tuinier''' gardener
 
*'''tussen '''between
 
*'''twaalf '''twelve
 
*'''twaalfde '''twelfth
 
*'''twee '''two
 
*'''tweede '''second
 
*'''tweeëntwintig '''twenty-two
 
*'''tweeëntwintigste '''twenty-second
 
*'''tweeling '''twins
 
*'''twintig '''twenty
 
*'''twintigste '''twentieth
 
*'''tyfus '''typhoid fever
 
*'''tyfuslijder '''typhoid patient
 
*'''tijd '''time
 
*'''tijdelijk '''temporary
 
*'''tijdschrift '''periodical <br>
 
 
 
==== U  ====
 
 
 
*'''uit '''out of, from
 
*'''uiterlijk '''outward, external, appearance, at the latest
 
*'''uitgeven '''to publish
 
*'''uittrekken '''extract
 
*'''uur '''hour, o'clock <br>
 
 
 
==== V  ====
 
 
 
*'''vaak '''often
 
*'''vader '''father
 
*'''vallende ziekte''' epilepsy
 
*'''van '''from, of
 
*'''veehoeder '''herdsman
 
*'''veertien '''fourteen
 
*'''veertiende '''fourteenth
 
*'''veertig '''forty
 
*'''veertigste '''fortieth
 
*'''veld '''field
 
*'''veldwachter''' constable, policeman, patroman, villiage policeman
 
*'''verdrinking '''drowning
 
*'''vergunning '''permission
 
*'''verjaardag '''birthday
 
*'''verklaard '''declared
 
*'''verklaren '''to declare
 
*'''verklaring '''declaration, affidavit, sworn statement
 
*'''verkondigen '''publish (as in banns), proclaim
 
*'''verlamming '''paralysis, stroke
 
*'''verlaten '''to leave, left
 
*'''verleden '''past
 
*'''verlof '''leave (soldier's), permission
 
*'''verloofd '''betrothed, engaged
 
*'''verloofde(n)''' engaged person(s), fiancée, fiancé
 
*'''verloving '''betrothal, engagement
 
*'''verpandings-kohieren''' tax ledger
 
*'''verscheiden '''to pass away or die, various, different
 
*'''verschijnt '''appears
 
*'''verstopping '''obstruction, blockage
 
*'''vertering '''consumption, tuberculosis
 
*'''vertrokken '''departed, moved, gone away
 
*'''verver '''dyer, house painter
 
*'''verwantschap '''relationship
 
*'''verwijderen '''to remove, to withdraw
 
*'''vestigen '''to settle, establish
 
*'''vesting '''fortress
 
*'''vier '''four
 
*'''vierde '''fourth
 
*'''vierentwintig '''twenty-four
 
*'''vierentwintigste '''twenty-fourth
 
*'''visser '''fisherman
 
*'''vleeshouwer '''butcher
 
*'''vlij '''marsh, swamp
 
*'''V.O.C.''' Dutch East Indies Company
 
*'''voerman '''coachman
 
*'''volbracht '''performed, completed, finished
 
*'''volbrengen '''to finish, complete
 
*'''volgend '''following, next
 
*'''volgende dag''' (the) following day
 
*'''volgens '''to, after, according to, follows
 
*'''volkstelling '''census, population records
 
*'''volmacht '''authorization
 
*'''voltooien '''to finish, complete
 
*'''voltrekkingen '''solemnization
 
*'''vondeling '''foundling
 
*'''voogd '''guardian
 
*'''voor '''for, in front of, before
 
*'''vooraf(gang)''' previous, preceding
 
*'''voorafgaand '''former
 
*'''voorafgaande dag''' the previous day
 
*'''voorbij [voorbij gaan''' = gone by] past, beyond, over
 
*'''voorgaand '''previous, preceding
 
*'''voorheen '''previous, formerly, in former days&nbsp;
 
*'''voorjaar '''spring (season)
 
*'''voorlezing '''reading, reading aloud<br>
 
*'''voormeld&nbsp; '''before mentioned, said, stated
 
*'''voormiddag '''morning, forenoon (in the morning)
 
*'''voornaam '''given name
 
*'''voornoemde''' above-mentioned, aforesaid<br>
 
*'''voorouder '''ancestor
 
*'''voortekening '''over his signature
 
*'''voorts'''&nbsp;furthermore, moreover, further, addition, also
 
*'''voortgebracht''' produced, generated, produced in, brought forth, emitted
 
*'''voorvader '''ancestor, forefather
 
*'''vorig '''previous, preceding
 
*'''vorige dag''' previous day
 
*'''vormer '''framer, molder
 
*'''vormsel '''Catholic confirmation
 
*'''vorst '''monarch, sovereign, ruler
 
*'''vorstendom '''principality
 
*'''vreemd''' foreign, strange
 
*'''vriend '''friend
 
*'''vrijboer&nbsp;'''farmer owner&nbsp;
 
*'''vrijdag '''Friday
 
*'''vrijgezel '''bachelor
 
*'''vroedmeester '''man who assists in childbirth
 
*'''vroedvrouw '''midwife
 
*'''vroeg(tijdig)''' early (a.m.), prematurely, untimely
 
*'''vroeger '''formerly, earlier
 
*'''vrouw '''woman''', '''wife, Mrs.
 
*'''vrouw(spersoon)''' wife, woman, female
 
*'''vrouwelijk '''female
 
*'''V.W.C.''' Dutch West Indies Company
 
*'''vijf '''five
 
*'''vijfde '''fifth
 
*'''vijfentwintig '''twenty-five
 
*'''vijfentwintigste '''twenty-fifth
 
*'''vijftien '''fifteen
 
*'''vijftiende '''fifteenth
 
*'''vijftig '''fifty
 
*'''vijftigste '''fiftieth <br>
 
 
 
==== W  ====
 
 
 
*'''waar '''where
 
*'''waaraan''' which
 
*'''waarheen '''where to
 
*'''waarom '''why
 
*'''wagenmaker '''cartwright, wagon builder, coach builder
 
*'''wanneer '''when
 
*'''wapen '''heraldic crest, coat of arms
 
*'''waren '''were, goods
 
*'''was '''was
 
*'''wat '''what, how
 
*'''waterzucht '''dropsy
 
*'''weduwe '''widow
 
*'''weduwnaar '''widower
 
*'''week '''week
 
*'''weeskamer '''orphan's court
 
*'''weeskind '''orphan
 
*'''wegens '''because of
 
*'''weinig '''little, small, few&nbsp;
 
*'''welk(e)''' which
 
*'''wellicht '''maybe, perhaps
 
*'''werkman '''laborer
 
*'''west '''west
 
*'''wet '''law
 
*'''wethouder '''alderman
 
*'''wettelijk '''legal
 
*'''wettelijk kind''' legitimate child
 
*'''wettig '''lawful, legal
 
*'''wever '''weaver
 
*'''wie '''who
 
*'''wieldraaijer '''wheelwright
 
*'''wil '''will, desire, wish, consent
 
*'''wilde(n)''' Indian(s) (in New York), savage(s)
 
*'''willen '''to want to
 
*'''winkelier(ster)''' shopkeeper male (female)
 
*'''winter '''winter
 
*'''wintermaand '''winter month,December
 
*'''wit '''white
 
*'''woensdag '''Wednesday
 
*'''wonende '''residing
 
*'''woonachtig '''resident, living at
 
*'''woonplaats '''residence, domicile, dwelling place
 
*'''woordenboek '''dictionary
 
*'''worden '''to become, be
 
*'''woud '''forest
 
*'''wij '''we
 
*'''wijk '''district, area, section, ward
 
*'''wijlen '''late (deceased), the late, blessed
 
*'''wijnmaand '''wine month, October <br>
 
 
 
==== X  ====
 
 
 
==== Y  ====
 
 
 
==== IJ  ====
 
 
 
*'''ijs''' ice
 
*I'''Jsland''' Iceland
 
*'''ijzer '''iron
 
*'''ijzer smelterij '''iron foundry
 
*'''ijzersmid '''smith, blacksmith
 
*'''ijzerwaren''' hardware
 
*'''ijzerwerker''' ironworder
 
 
 
==== Z  ====
 
 
 
*'''zaken '''trade, business, case, affairs
 
*'''zaterdag '''Saturday
 
*'''ze '''they, she
 
*'''zeeman '''sailor
 
*'''zeepzieder '''soap maker
 
*'''zelfde '''the same
 
*'''zes '''six
 
*'''zesde '''sixth
 
*'''zesentwintig '''twenty-six
 
*'''zesentwintigste '''twenty-sixth
 
*'''zestien '''sixteen
 
*'''zestiende '''sixteenth
 
*'''zestig '''sixty
 
*'''zestigste '''sixtieth
 
*'''zetten '''to place, put, impose
 
*'''zeven '''seven
 
*'''zevende '''seventh
 
*'''zevenentwintig '''twenty-seven
 
*'''zevenentwintigste '''twenty-seventh
 
*'''zevenstigte '''seventieth
 
*'''zeventien '''seventeen
 
*'''zeventiende '''seventeenth
 
*'''zeventig '''seventy
 
*'''zie '''see
 
*'''ziekte '''disease, illness
 
*'''zomer '''summer
 
*'''zomermaand '''summer month, June
 
*<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1277835331915_861" />'''zondag''' Sunday
 
*'''zonder '''without
 
*'''zoon '''son
 
*'''zoontje '''little son, small son
 
*'''zou '''should
 
*'''zuid '''south
 
*'''zuigeling '''baby, suckling
 
*'''zuivelboer '''dairy farmer
 
*'''zuster '''sister
 
*'''zwager '''brother-in-law
 
*'''zwakheid '''weakness
 
*'''zwakte '''weak
 
*'''zwanger '''pregnant
 
*'''zwart '''black
 
*'''zwarten '''Negroes, blacks
 
*'''Zweden '''Sweden
 
*'''zweeds '''Swedish
 
*'''zwelling '''swelling, tumor
 
*'''Zwitserland '''Switzerland
 
*'''zwitsers '''Swiss
 
*'''zij '''she, they
 
*'''zijn '''its, his, to be, are
 
*'''zijrivier '''tributary, river, stream <br>
 
  
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Netherlands Language and Languages

This list summarizes what languages are used in different records.

Dutch: Used in Dutch Reformed Church records and Civil Registration after 1813. Used for any other government records.
Frisian: May be used in place of Dutch in Friesland
Latin: Used in Catholic Church records
German: Used in Lutheran Church records
French: Used in Wallonia Reformed Church records, and in pre-1813 Civil Registration
Portuguese: Used in some Jewish records


Dutch Language

Dutch (like English and German), is a Germanic language derived from Old Low Franconian and Old Saxon.

Dutch is spoken in the Netherlands, northern Belgium, the Netherlands Antilles in the Caribbean, and Suriname. Flemish, which is spoken in Belgium, is a major dialect (regional variation) of Dutch. It uses words similar to the words on this list. Afrikaans, a separate language spoken in South Africa, is descended  from Dutch and preserves many older and dialect features of Dutch, but contains many German and English words as well .
Frisian, which is spoken in the Dutch province of Friesland, is a different language from Dutch.
The "Additional Resources" section below will tell you how to use the FamilySearch Catalog to find dictionaries of the various dialects and related languages.

In addition, Dutch is found in some early records of the United States (mostly in New York, New Jersey, Michigan, and Iowa) and in South Africa, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Brazil and Taiwan.

Language Characteristics

Dutch, along with German, English, Frisian, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, and Afrikaans, is a Germanic language. It is very closely related to the dialects of northern Germany known as Low German.  Indeed, the traditional dialects along the Dutch-German border are virtually the same.  You may want to read about the linguistic situation in the lower Rhine area or about spelling variations there.

Dutch words for nouns (persons, places, and things) are classified as either common or neuter.

Variant Forms of Words

In Dutch, as in English, the forms of some words will vary according to how they are used in a sentence. Who—whose—whom, or marry—marries—married are examples of words in English with variant forms. This word list gives the standard form of each Dutch word. As you read Dutch records, you will need to be aware that some words vary with usage.

The prefix t is equal to the Dutch word het, which means the. The prefix s- is a part of many place-names and means des (of the). All prefixes are disregarded in alphabetized lists, except in Flemish records.

The endings of words in a document may differ from what you find in this list. For example, the document may use the word jonger, but you will find it in this word list as jong. In addition, the suffixes -je, -tje,-tien, or -ke are often added to words to indicate "little." These suffixes can also indicate the feminine version of a name. Therefore, the word zoontje means "little" or "young (tje) son (zoon)." The ending -sdr means "daughter of."

Plural forms of Dutch words usually add -en or -s to the singular word. Thus boer (farmer) becomes boeren (farmers), and tafel (table or index) becomes tafels (tables or indexes). Rarely, -eren is added to form the plural. Examples: blad becomes bladeren (leaves [of a tree]), kind becomes kinderen (children).

In Dutch, many words are formed by joining two or more words. Very few of these compound words are included in this list. You will need to look up each part of the word separately. For example, geboortedag is a combination of two words, geboorte (birth) and dag (day).

Alphabetical Order

In the Dutch language, the letter combination ij is considered a single letter. It has the same value as y, and it is usually alphabetized as if it were a y. Some Dutch dictionaries and indexes use the following alphabetical order:

a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, q, r, s, t, u, v, w, x, ij (or y), z

Some Dutch dictionaries alphabetize the letter ij under i then j. Just remember, when a name or town starts with the letter IJ, that you capitalize BOTH the I and the J. In the Netherlands the IJ or ij is ONE letter, not 2 and seeing that you can hardly split one letter when you capitalize it, you really have to capitalize the whole letter - IJ not Ij!

This word list follows the standard English alphabetical order. However, when working with alphabetized Dutch records, use the Dutch alphabetical order.

When the Dutch alphabetize names of places or surnames, prefixes such as van der, de, or ter are not considered in the alphabetization.

Example:

ten Brock

van der Graf

's-Gravenhage

van Hijden

de Jong

van Leeuwen

ter Pelkwijk

van IJlst

't Zandt

Spelling

Spelling rules were not standardized in earlier centuries. Writers often failed to dot the ij, so that it looks like a y. The letter y was not used in older records. In Dutch, the following spelling variations are common.See the article Spelling Variants in Dutch Documents

y used for ij

g used for ch

d and t used interchangeably

j and i used interchangeably

Example:

echt spelled as egt

overlijden spelled as overlyden

Arie spelled as Arij

Marietje spelled as Marietie

Additional Resources

The word list on this article includes only the words most commonly found in genealogical sources. For further help, use a Dutch-English dictionary. Several Dutch-English dictionaries are available at the Family History Library. These are in the European collection. Their call numbers begin with 439.31321.

The following dictionary is available on microfilm for use in Family History Centers:

Dutch-English, English-Dutch Van Goor Dictionary. 's-Gravenhage: G. B. Van Goor, 1938. (FHL film 1183584 item 2.)

Additional dictionaries are listed in the Subject search of the FamilySearch Catalog under DUTCH LANGUAGE - DICTIONARIES or in the Place search under NETHERLANDS - LANGUAGE AND LANGUAGES. These include dictionaries of various dialects and time periods.


On the following Internet address Integrated Language Bank you can find: a modern Dutch dictionary, old, early Middle Ages and later Middle Ages Dutch dictionaries and a Frisian dictionary.


The File:German Gothic Handwriting Guide.pdfincludes an example of the German (Gothic) alphabet in print and handwriting. Also go to Germany Handwriting.

See the 3 FamilySearch Tutorials on "Reading Dutch Written Records" 


Cassell’s English–Dutch Dutch–English Dictionary. 36th ed. New York: Macmillan, 1981. (FHL book 439.31321 Ca272.)

Stierp–Impink, A. C. Practisijns Woordenboekje, of Verzameling van Meest alle de Woorden in de Rechtskunde Gebruikelijk (Lawyer’s Dictionary, or List of Most Words Used in Legal Documents). Alkmaar: A. C. Stierp–Impink, 1985. (FHL book 949.2 P26s.) This legal dictionary, originally created in 1785, identifies words found in court, land, notarial, and guardianship records.

Verdam, J. Middelnederlandsch Handwoordenboek (Middle Dutch Dictionary). ’s-Gravenhage: Martinus Nijhoff, 1964. (FHL book 439.317 V582m; film 1045404 item 2.) This dictionary will help with most archaic words found in documents before 1811.

Additional language aids, including dictionaries of various dialects and time periods, are listed in the Place search of the FamilySearch Catalog under:

NETHERLANDS – LANGUAGE AND LANGUAGES

NETHERLANDS, [PROVINCE] – LANGUAGE AND LANGUAGES

or in the "Subject Search" under:

DUTCH LANGUAGE – DICTIONARIES

Key Words

To find and use specific types of Dutch records, you will need to know some key words in Dutch. This section lists key genealogical terms in English and the Dutch words with the same or similar meanings.

For example, in the first column you will find the English word marriage. In the second column you will find Dutch words with meanings such as marry, marriage, wedding, wedlock, unite, legitimate, joined, and other words used in Dutch records to indicate marriage.

For a full word list, visit Dutch Genealogical Word List

English Dutch
baptism dopen, doop, gedoopt
birth geboren, geboorte
burial begraven, begraaf
Catholic rooms katholiek, oud katholiek
census volkstelling, bevolking
child, children kind, kinderen
christening (see baptism)
civil registry burgerlijke stand
death overleden, overlijden, gestorven
father vader
husband echtgenoot, man
index tafel, klapper, fiche
Jewish joods
marriage(s) huwelijk(en), trouwen, echt, gehuwden, getrouwd
military militaire, landweer, krijgsmacht
month maand
mother moeder
name, given voornaam, eerste naam
name, surname achternaam, familienaam, bijnaam, toenaam
parents ouders
parish parochie, gemeente
Protestant protestant
supplement bijlage
town, village stad, gemeente, dorp
wife huisvrouw, vrouw, echtgenote
year jaar

Numbers

In some genealogical records, numbers are written out. This is especially true with dates. The following list gives the cardinal (1, 2, 3) and the ordinal (1st, 2nd, 3rd) versions of each number. Days of the month are written in ordinal form.

Cardinal Ordinal
1 een 1st eerste
2 twee 2nd tweede
3 drie 3rd derde
4 vier 4th vierde
5 vijf 5th vijfde
6 zes 6th zesde
7 zeven 7th zevende
8 acht 8th achtste
9 negen 9th negende
10 tien 10th tiende
11 elf 11th elfde
12 twaalf 12th twaalfde
13 dertien 13th dertiende
14 veertien 14th veertiende
15 vijftien 15th vijftiende
16 zestien 16th zestiende
17 zeventien 17th zeventiende
18 achttien 18th achttiende
19 negentie 19th negentiende
20 twintig 20th twintigste
21 eenentwintig 21st eenentwintigste
22 tweeëntwintig 22th tweeëntwintigste
23 drieentwintig 23th drieentwintigste
24 vierentwintig 24th vierentwintigste
25 vijfentwintig 25th vijfentwintigste
26 zesentwintig 26th zesentwintigste
27 zevenentwintig 27th zevenentwintigste
28 achtentwintig 28th achtentwintigste
29 negenentwintig 29th negenentwintigste
30 dertig 30th dertigste
31 eenendertig 31th eenendertigste
40 veertig 40th veertigste
50 vijftig 50th vijftigste
60 zestig 60th zestigste
70 zeventig 70th zevenstigte
80 tachtig 80th tachtigste
90 negentig 90th negentigste
100 honderd 100th honderdste
101 honderd(en)een 101st honderd(en)eerste
200 tweehonderd 200th tweehonderdste
1000 duizend 1000th duizendste

Dates and Time

In Dutch records, dates are often written out. For example:

Donderdag, drie en twintig maart in het jaar van onse heer een duizend acht hondert en zesendertig [Thursday, three and twenty March in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and six and thirty].

To understand Dutch dates, use the following lists as well as the preceding "Numbers" section.

Months
English Dutch Archaic Form
January Januari louwmaand tanning month
February Februari sprokkelmaand wood-gathering month
March Maart lentemaand spring month
April April grasmaand grass month
May Mei bloeimaand blossom month
June Juni zomermaand summer month
July Juli hooimaand hay month
August Augustus oogstmaand harvest month
September September (7ber) herfstmaand autumn month
October October (8ber) wijnmaand wine month
November November (9ber) slachtmaand slaughter month
December December (10ber) wintermaand winter month
Days of the Week
English Dutch
Sunday Sondag
Monday Maandag
Tuesday Dinsdag
Wednesday Woensdag
Thursday Donderdag
Friday Vrijdag
Saturday Zaterdag
Times of the Day

Dutch birth and death records often indicated the time of day when the birth or death occurred. This is usually written out.

Dutch English
des avonds ('s avonds) in the evening
des middags ('s middags) in the afternoon
des morgens ('s morgens) in the morning
des nachts ('s nachts) in the night
in de namiddag in the mid-afternoon
in de voormiddag in the mid-morning

Other languages

The Family History Library has genealogical word lists for Dutch, French, German, Latin, and Portuguese. The Dutch Word list is found below at the end of this article.

The File:German Gothic Handwriting Guide.pdfincludes an example of the German (Gothic) alphabet in print and handwriting. Also go to Germany Handwriting.