Death record

Death records are a part of the civil registration. A death record lists the following data:

  • Place, date and time of death
  • Names of parents
  • Names of spouses
  • Name, profession and age of the one registering the birth
  • Names, profession and age of the witnesses
  • Often: address where the death took place

Within a few working days, every death has to be registered in the municipality it occurs. This means there can be a difference of a few days between the document date and the actual death date.

Many deaths are registered by close family members or neighbors. Two male witnesses are required at the registration. These are often neighbors, although sometimes family members can be seen as well.

Sometimes a death took place in a different place than where the person lived. Such deaths are often registered in the place of residence as well. An abstract of the official death certificate is then copied into the death register of the place of residence.

Stillborn children are registered in the death records. They are usually called "levenloos kind" (lifeless child), "levenloze dochter" (lifeless daughter) or "levenloze zoon" (lifeless son).



Where to find

Death records are public after 50 years. Death records can be found at both the provincial archives and local archives. Many death records are available online in the website WieWasWie.

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  1. Izola Fix says:

    I am coming to Amsterdam for 3 days . My grandfather died in amsterdam during the was. We were told he starved to death, but had money on him, also had owned property, he traveled from USA often so we know he was not poor. I AM TRYING TO FIND HIS DEATH RECORD. I Have his birth certificate his parents and the death certificates of his grandparents.. Can you kead me in right direction. I only have old address and names. No knowledge of date of death, might be able to find approx date of birth. I do know my great greats lived and died AT 51 Amstel, have read a lot on the building and look forward to seeing the museum. Thank you in advance for any help you can give me his name ……?………… Philippus Cornelis Mell. Born 1860 married Anna Maria Fontjin Beek Aug 25 1885. Brother Johannes Mell 23 blacksmith was present..he married 3 more times all wives died.

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