Noord-Brabant

Noord-Brabant traditional dressThe province of Noord-Brabant lies in the south of the Netherlands. It borders on Limburg to the east, the country of Belgium to the south, the province of Zeeland to the west and the provinces of Zuid-Holland, Utrecht and Gelderland to the north.

The capital city of Noord-Brabant is Den Bosch, also known as ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Other larger towns are:

  • Breda
  • Eindhoven
  • Tilburg
  • Roosendaal
  • Oss

Genealogy in Noord-Brabant

Most people in Noord-Brabant used fixed family names long before the civil registration was introduced. In addition to a last name, many people used patronymics as well. Often, more than one generation of ancestors was named which can be very useful in genealogical research.

Most genealogical records of Noord-Brabant are kept by the Brabant Historical Information Center. Unfortunately, the website is only available in Dutch. They have a large online database with church records and civil registration records. Many of the marriage records and death duties files from Noord-Brabant can be found in WieWasWie.

Emigration from Noord-Brabant

Noord-Brabant has always been a predominantly Roman-Catholic province. This means the emigration pattern differs from the reformed regions. In the nineteenth century, people from the east of the province emigrated to the United States. They settled in places like Little Chute, WI.

Reusel-De Mierden

Are your ancestors from Reusel-De Mierden in Noord-Brabant? This may not be the case. See the article Was your ancestor born in Reusel-De Mierden, Noord-Brabant? Guess again!

Online images

There are several online resources for images of Noord-Brabant:

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About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink is a professional genealogist in the Netherlands. She has been doing genealogy for 20 years. Her expertise is helping people from across the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.

Comments

  1. Carol Johnston Johnson says:

    My grandmother, Bertha Stoffels Frame moved here from Holland. Her last name at that time was Stoffels, her step father’s last name. I’m looking for her birth father’s name. I think his name might have been I.C. Van Lamoen. Her mother was Adriana J. Mallant 1861-1954. They were never married. They had lived in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. Where can I write to find out info regarding I.C. Van Lamoen. The “I” might stand for Isaac. Thank you. cj

  2. My ancestor Jesejas Schouten is said to be from Reusel Meriden, but my visit there found no record of his birth. Same for visit to Eindhoven. The historian there said they might have been Jewish, and therefore their births not recorded publicly. Can you help?

    • Would you believe that I wrote an article about this exact problem that is scheduled for tomorrow? How’s that for coincidence?

    • What other information do you have about Jesajas Schouten? When was he (approximately) born? When and where did he die and when and where was he married and to whom?
      His name may have been Josia or Josias in Dutch. A search for Josia* Schouten in WieWasWie showed several marriages of a Josia Schouten in Amsterdam in the 19th century.

      • Jesejas Schouten was born in 1751. I guess the recording of my ancestor in American Census of 1812 as Josiah Schoughton may not be as “off” as thought! Maybe, because he lived in a primarily Palatine settled area, they gave his name as Jesejas, which is German for Isaiah. (the father of his wife, Margaretta Elwood is listed as Richardt Elwoeth) In the first US census in 1790 he is listed as Isaiah Scoulen which would be the English spelling. I had no idea that Josiah was a for of Isaiah/Essias/Jesejas? Huge thanks for this information.

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