Sources for Dutch Genealogy – Pre 1811 Cheat Sheet

Looking for information about Dutch ancestors in the period from say 1650 until 1811 (before the introduction of the civil registration)? This cheat sheet will tell you which sources to consult.

In some cases, not all types of records are available in each region. If a town did not have an orphan chamber, the administration of the estates of (half-)orphans was handled by the court. Not all regions had notaries, in which case voluntary legal actions were handled by the court as well. 

If you’re looking for… …first look at… …then look at… …and if that fails…
Birth information
  • baptismal records
  • marriage records
  • baptismal records of children
    (to estimate birth date)
  • orphan chamber records / court records
Marriage information
  • church marriage records
  • court marriage records
  • orphan chamber records / court records
Death information
  • burial records
  • orphan chamber records / court records
  • voluntary court records / notarial records (last wills, estate divisions)
  • church council minutes
Divorce information (rare)
  • subsequent marriage record
  • court records
Emigration/immigration
  • passenger lists (rare)
  • voluntary court records or notarial records of family members
  • collateral succession tax records
Parents
  • church marriage records
  • court marriage records
  • baptismal records
  • orphan chamber records / court records
  • voluntary court records / notarial records (last wills, estate divisions)
Children
  • baptismal records
  • marriage records of children
  • orphan chamber records / court records
  • voluntary court records / notarial records (last wills, estate divisions)
  • collateral succession tax records
Property
  • tax records
  • voluntary court records / notarial records
  • orphan chamber records / court records
Address
  • marriage records (rare to find an address but easy to check)
  • voluntary court records / notarial records
  • tax records
  • census records
Neighbors
  • census records
  • tax records
  • voluntary court records / notarial records
Occupation
  • voluntary court records / notarial records
  • census records
  • court records
  • guild records
Religion
  • baptismal records
  • church marriage records
  • burial records
  • church membership records
Military career
  • marriage records
  • muster rolls (rare)
  • court records
Poor ancestors
  • church poor administration (“diaconie”)
  • tax records
Criminal ancestors
  • criminal court records
Graves
  • lists of graves in churches (only richer people)
 

 

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.

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  1. Wynand van Bakel says:

    I’m trying to link up Van Bakels in the USA with my family. Originally from Noord Brabant. I find it difficult to gather info on ships passenger list to establish when and from where to which port in the USA they emigrated. Any ideas or help?

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