Dutch term – failliet and faillissement

Failliet means bankrupt; faillissement means bankruptcy. You can often find announcements of bankruptcies in newspapers, and you can then find the corresponding court case in the court records in the provincial archives. These may give you an insight in the business relationships of your ancestor.

workers in a factory hall

Personnel meeting at a bankrupt factory, informing them they would lose their jobs. Credits: Rob Croes, collection Nationaal Archief (CC-BY)

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. Another great article, Yvette. I actually did find a bankruptcy announcement for my great great grandfather. I’m interested to learn more about corresponding court records. How would one go about finding or accessing those records?

    Thanks so much for all your wonderful information. Love your blog!

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