Dutch term – Besnijdenis

Besnijdenis is the Dutch word for circumcision.

In the Netherlands, circumcision was traditionally performed on Jewish boys only. For the period before the introduction of the civil registration in 1811, besnijdenisregisters [circumcision records] are an important source of birth information about male Jewish ancestors. They can often be found among the church records. Read about other resources for Jewish research.

Circumcision, 1661.

Circumcision, 1661. Credits: Moses ter Borch, Rijksmuseum (Public Domain)


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