Dutch term – Common Abbreviations in Dutch Genealogies

Here is a list of abbreviations you may find in published genealogies in the Netherlands.

Abbreviation Full version Translation
geb. geboren born
ged. gedoopt baptized
overl. overleden died
begr. begraven buried
tr. trouwt marries
ondertr. ondertrouwt marriage banns
ca. circa circa
waarsch. waarschijnlijk probably
zn. van zoon van son of
dr. van dochter van daughter of
wed. van weduwe van widow of
wedr. van weduwnaar van widower of
priest baptizing a child

Baptism of a child, 1956. Credits: Willem van de Poll, collection Nationaal Archief (CC-BY)

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  1. waarschijnlijk is vaak wsl.

  2. Eric Brinks says

    A’dam = Amsterdam
    R’dam = Rotterdam
    ‘s-Hage = ‘s-Gravenhage = The Hague
    ‘s-Bosch = ‘s-Hertogenbosch = Den Bosch
    D’ter = Deventer
    D’veen = Diepenveen

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