Dutch term – Grafrechten

Grafrechten are grave duties, the fees that have to be paid for a grave. Some churches or towns kept registers of these payments. They can act as a substitute for missing burial records.

In most cemeteries, graves can only be leased, not bought. After the lease expires, the next of kin have to pay grave duties again or the grave will be cleared.

Grave of Gerrit Jan Droppers (1845-1925)

Grave of Gerrit Jan Droppers (1845-1925)

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