Dutch term – Boedelscheiding

A boedelscheiding is an estate division. This often happened after someone died.

An estate division record will include details about the estate and will list who got what. These records can typically be found in notarial records, or in voluntary court records before 1811 in regions where there were no notaries. If there was not much to divide, the estate may have been divided informally without there being an official record.

First page of Pulskens estate division

Detail of estate divison of the Pulskens family in 1595

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