Dutch term – Collaterale Successie

Collaterale Successie [Collateral Succession] is the situation where an inheritance goes to heirs in collateral lines, such as the siblings, aunts and uncles of the deceased, or their descendants.

Many regions charged a tax on collateral successions, which was recorded in separate registers. These tax registers can give a good overview of the family composition.

After about 1806, these registers were rendered obsolete by the introduction of the Memories van Successie [death duties files] that recorded the heirs of all inheritances, no matter how the heirs were related to the deceased.

front page of a register

Collateral Succession Register of the Zutphen district in Gelderland. Credits: Gelders Archief (public domain)

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