The Netherlands Genealogy
Getting started with research in the Netherlands
Welcome to the Dutch page!
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When you have Dutch ancestors you are one lucky person as many records have been put on web-sites which are available to all without cost.
Did you know?Willem I, Prince of Orange (April 24, 1533—July 10, 1584), also widely known as 'Willem de Zwijger' (William the Silent), or simply Willem van Oranje (William of Orange), as well as 'Vader des Vaderlands' (Father of the Fatherland), was born in the House of Nassau as a count of Nassau-Dillenburg. He became Prince of Orange in 1544 and is thereby the founder of the branch House of Orange-Nassau. He was the main leader of the Dutch revolt against the Spanish that set off the Eighty Years' War and resulted in the formal independence of the United Provinces in 1648. He was assassinated by Balthasar Gérard (also written as 'Gerardts') in his own home, de Prinsenhof in Delft.
The Dutch fought an Eighty Years long war, from 1568—1648, to gain indepence and religious freedom and so became one of the countries where people of all religions and cultures could find refuge.
A Memorial Service along the route of the Four Days Marches: Memorial Service Groesbeek
The capital city of the Netherlands is Amsterdam, but the goverment buildings are located in 's-Gravenhage (The Hague) where the Huis ten Bosch, residence of the reigning Queen Beatrix, is also located.
The Netherlands consists of twelve provinces, the last one - Flevoland - was created from part of the former Zuider Zee/IJsselmeer on 1 January 1986.
Origins of names:
Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:
Research at the CBG We can help you to search for information about your ancestors in the Netherlands. For advice please contact us. You may find some specific information in the following downloadable brochures:
Searching for Your Ancestors in the Netherlands. CBG brochure When you find an ancestor from 'Holland' or ' The Netherlands' you would be curious if additional information existed in Dutch sources. The Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie can help you to search for that information about your ancestors in the Netherlands.
Personal Record Cards and Personal Record Lists CBG brochure Personal Record Cards were introduced in the Netherlands in 1938 and used to register information on every inhabitant of the Netherlands regardless of nationality. Since October 1, 1994 the population registration in the Netherlands is automized. The personal record card was replaced by so called Personal Record Lists. Since this Central Register of Deceased Persons contains a lot of important information for genealogical and biographical research purposes, the CBG is allowed to provide information on written request.
List of Dutch Genealogical Researchers. CBG brochure Experienced Dutch genealogical researchers can help you to search for additional information in Dutch records.
DIGITAL RESOURCES NETHERLANDS AND BELGIUM
Our website Van Papier Naar Digitaal (From Paper To Pixels) now has 250.000 images online.. Click at the banner to go to the special page for this occasion, with a lot of new images from Schagen (> 22.000), Schokland and Botland.
FamilyTreeSeeker is an index to (Dutch) family trees on the web. Those are trees on personal sites, and community sites like Genealogie Online (mentioned below).
Genealogie Online - publish your family tree for free, search for your ancestors
Build Your Online Family Tree, Share Your Family History And Learn More About Your Ancestors
Have you always wanted to know from whom you are descended? Genlias gives you a quick way to find your Dutch forebears, both in the Netherlands and overseas. Your search is in the most accurate source for Dutch genealogy, the Civil Register. And it is not difficult!
GenVer was created because it is not always easy to find your way in Dutch films on FamilySearch, especially when a couple of books are all contained in one film, with thousands of images. When you select the locality, record type, and time period, the site opens the image viewer at the proper page, saving researchers a lot of time. The site's in Dutch, but it links back to this wiki for help on the Dutch language.
The Family History Library has general-knowledge encyclopedias from the Netherlands (in Dutch) along with Dutch-English and English-Dutch dictionaries. The encyclopedias and dictionaries are listed in the Family History Library Catalog under THE NETHERLANDS - ENCYCLOPEDIAS AND DICTIONARIES.
The following is a good Dutch dictionary:
Title Cassell's English-Dutch, Dutch-English dictionary = Engels-Nederlands, Nederlands-Engels woordenboek Kramer, Jacob, 1802-1869. Kramers' Engels Woordenboek Call Number 439.31321 Ca272 Publication London : Cassell, 1982 New York, New York : Macmillan Publishers Limited Physical xiv, 602, vii, 729 p. ; 19 cm. ISBN/ISSN 0025229400 Title Also Known As Cassell's Dutch dictionary Engels-Nederlands, Nederlands-Engels woordenboek English-Dutch, Dutch-English dictionary Kramers' Engels woordenboek
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