Quick tip – Deaths are recorded in the place of residence

If a person died in a different location than where he lived, the civil registration of his place of residence would also record his death. Often, they would receive a copy of the death record that was created in the place of death, and would then record that copy in their own death registers.

This was also done after World War II, to record all the Dutch Jews who were murdered in Eastern Europe. Sometimes it took many years to find out where and when a person died, so many towns have death records for Jewish holocaust victims that continue to the late 1950s.

Death record of Debora Julia Hedeman, died Sobibor, 9 April 1943. Her death was recorded in Oldenzaal, Overijssel, the Netherlands on 9 December 1949.

Death record of Debora Julia Hedeman, died Sobibor, 9 April 1943. 1


  1. Oldenzaal, death record 1949 no. 141, Debora Julia Hedeman, 9 December 1949; consulted as “Netherlands, Overijssel Province, Civil Registration, 1811-1960,” digital images, Familysearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 15 November 2015).
About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, CG®, QG™ 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 diploma 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.


  1. Jerri Rudloff says

    That’s a sad but touching article about acknowledging the persons who were hounded and killed during that horrible time in world history….obviously can’t bring them back, but at least they can be acknowledged as people who existed…Jerri

  2. How does it work for those who died in another country as immigrants? Were there any documents sent back to their native country?

    • Emigrants would no longer be residents in the Netherlands, so their death records would not have been sent back. But for Dutch residents who died abroad, there should be a death record in the civil registration of the municipality where they lived.

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