Netherlands Record Selection Table
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The table below can help you decide which records to search.
Step 1. In column 1 select a research goal. Choose an ancestor you would like to know more about. What new information would you like to learn about that person?
Step 2. In column 2 find the types of records most likely to have the information you need.
- > Read the FamilySearch Wiki articles about those types of records. They explain what the records might tell you, how to search them, and how to find them in the FamilySearch Catalog. Some records are not at the library.
Step 3. In column 3 find additional record types that may be useful.
- > Records of previous research (such as Genealogy, Biography, History, Periodicals, and Societies) are useful for most goals but are not listed unless they are especially helpful.
|1. If You Need||2. Look First In||3. Then Search|
|Age (Be aware that ages given in documents before 1850 are often incorrect.)||Civil Registration, Population, Church Records, Jewish Records||Census, Notarial Records, Court Records|
|Birth date and birthplace||Civil Registration, Population, Church Records, Jewish Records||Emigration and Immigration, Public Records, Military Records|
|Boundaries (parish, municipality, or province)||Gazetteers, Maps, History||Names, Geographical; Historical Geography|
|Death||Civil Registration, Church Records, Jewish Records, Public Records||Taxation, Cemeteries, Guardianship, Probate Records, Notarial Records, Court Records|
|Divorce||Civil Registration||Court Records|
|Emigration information||Emigration and Immigration, Population||(See the research outline for the country the ancestor immigrated to.)|
|Historical background||History, Church History||Minorities|
|Language helps||Language and Languages||Handwriting|
|Maiden name||Civil Registration, Church Records, Public Records||Taxation, Notarial Records, Court Records|
|Marriages||Civil Registration, Church Records||Public Records, Taxation|
|Naming customs||Names, Personal||Genealogy|
|Noble families||Nobility, Heraldry||Genealogy, Periodicals, Biography|
|Occupations||Civil Registration, Population, Census||Naturalization and Citizenship, Notarial Records, Court Records|
|Parents, children, and other family members||Civil Registration, Population, Church Records, Jewish Records||Guardianship, Census, Probate Records, Notarial Records, Court Records|
|Physical description||Military Records||Civil Registration|
|Place-finding aids||Gazetteers, Maps||Names, Geographical; Historical Geography|
|Places of residence||Civil Registration, Population, Church Records, Public Records||Census; Taxation; Land and Property; Names, Personal|
|Previous research (compiled genealogy)||Genealogy, Periodicals, Societies||History, Biography|
|Record-finding aids||Archives and Libraries, Genealogy||Societies|
|Religion||Population, Civil Registration, Church Records, Jewish Records||Minorities, Church History|