Dutch term – Familiebijbel

A familiebijbel is a family bible. Some Dutch families recorded births, marriages, and deaths in their bibles.

Familiebijbels were not as common in the Netherlands as they were in other parts of the world. Until the 1900s, a large part of the population was illiterate and only richer people were able to create their own records. You rarely see family bibles cited in Dutch genealogical publications. The records kept by the churches and civil registration are readily available, include the whole population, and are generally more accurate than family records.

family bible

Family bible of the Alewijn family, 1637. Credits: collection Amsterdam Museum (CC-0).

About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, CG® 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 certificate 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. Hi,

    Lovely to read up about Familijiebibles.

    I have a Bible from 1762 in Ducth From South Africa. Do you know any restoration people in South Africa I can contact?

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