Quick tip – Check marriage records of siblings

When looking for more information about your ancestor, be sure to check the records of the siblings. Marriage records of the siblings can be very informative.

There are two situations when checking marriage records of siblings is especially helpful:

  • If your ancestor married just before the introduction of the civil registration and their siblings married after the introduction of the civil registration. Marriage records created by the civil registration are much more informative than the earlier ones.
  • If your ancestor’s parents died after he was married, but before one of the siblings was married, the marriage record of the siblings may contain more information about when and where the parents died. If the parents are still alive, it will give you their place of residence so you know where to look for them.

Be sure to check the marriage supplements for these marriage records, since they may include the extracts of the death records of the parents. If both parents are dead, you may even find the extracts of the death records of the grandparents.

Young couple, the woman holds a bouquet of arums in her hand

Marriage photo of Jan Marijnissen and Toos Flooren, 1943

About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, CG® is a professional genealogist in the Netherlands. She holds the Certified Genealogist credential from the Board for Certification of Genealogists and has a post-graduate certificate in Family and Local History from the University of Dundee. She has been doing genealogy for over 30 years and helps people from across the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.

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