Dutch term – volkstelling

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Children using an abacus in school.
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Volkstelling is the Dutch word for census. The first national census was held in 1795 but some local censuses go back to the 16th century. Between 1830 and 1930, a national census was held every ten years. Since then, there have only been four censuses: 1947, 1956, 1960 and 1971.

Since the Dutch government keeps the information about its citizens up to date, there is no need to take a census anymore. The census was officially abolished in 1991.

For genealogical purposes, Dutch census records are used a lot less than in many other countries.

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