Dutch term – Elders

Elders means “somewhere else.” You can encounter the term in church records, court records, or notarial records, to indicate that somebody is absent, or in a phrase like elders getrouwd [married somewhere else].

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Road sign. Credits: Willem van de Poll, collection Nationaal Archief (CC-0)

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  1. Thank you , Yvette. it would be easy to think that this is the same as the English word “elders” if you’re not familiar with the Dutch language.

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