How to find your ancestors from Reusel-De Mierden

As I explained in a previous blog post, an error in genealogy software changed “Holland” to “Reusel-De Mierden, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands” in many trees. Still, many people, are convinced that their ancestors are really from Reusel-De Mierden. The only way to be sure is to go back to the sources.

The municipality of Reusel-De Mierden

Reusel-De Mierden is a municipality in the province of Noord-Brabant that has existed since 1997. The municipality includes the following villages:

  • Hooge Mierde
  • Hulsel
  • Lage Mierde
  • Reusel

These villages have existed for a long time. If your ancestor is from this area, they should be in the records of these villages.

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Reusel in 1867. Image credits: Wikimedia Commons.

Sources for Reusel-De Mierden

The records of these villages are kept at the Regionaal Historisch Centrum Eindhoven, the Regional Historical Center of Eindhoven. Church records (baptisms, marriages, burials) start in the 1630s and continue to 1811. Birth records, marriage and death records are available since 1811.

Indexes of these records can be found in the Eindhoven Digital Family Tree website, which has an English user interface. The RHC Eindhoven website also has scans of the church records available online, but that website is cumbersome to use if you don’t know Dutch.

photo of a church

Church in Reusel. Image credits: Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed

Cannot find your ancestors?

If you can’t find your ancestors in any of the sources of these villages, chances are that you are a victim of the software error and that your ancestor was from “Holland” instead. Try searching in the national genealogical database WieWasWie to find out where your ancestors are really from.

About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, CG® is a board-certified genealogist in the Netherlands. She has been doing genealogy for almost 30 years. Her expertise is helping people from across the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.

Comments

  1. Thanks for the assistance. I did find reference to the name CLAESSEN but not VALENTYN CLAESSEN. The records only went bak to the early 1700’s.

  2. Vicki Karl says

    I am trying to find Henry scudder. Died nov 5 1595 in reusel’de-mierden noord’bradant Netherlands. He is in my husband family tree 22th great grandfather and we are going to follow our ancestry and am visiting ireland, Scotland England Netherlands and Germany. Having problems with Netherlands and Germany. Thank you. We are leaving sep 1

  3. Harley James karl says

    I am trying to find Henry scudder. Died nov 5 1595 in reusel’de-mierden noord’bradant Netherlands. He is in my husband family tree 22th great grandfather and we are going to follow our ancestry and am visiting ireland, Scotland England Netherlands and Germany. Having problems with Netherlands and Germany. Thank you. We are leaving sep 1

    • As you can read in the article, Reussel-De Mierden in trees is a mistake since the municipality has only existed since the 1990s. All you probably know is that he was from Holland. What is your source for that information?

  4. Walter Young says

    I appreciate the information. I only know that my ancestors came arrived in New Sweden about 1660 in response to Swedish advertisement for colonists for their new colony in America. When I saw all the references to Reusel-DeMerden on the web I was glad because it got me closer to them, but I was suspicious. I know their names, approximate birth years and that they were farmers, but little else before they came to New Sweden. They were Harman Enochson (abt 1646-1688) and Garret Enochson (abt 1644-abt 1675). What are my chances of finding their real origin? Thank you for your help.

  5. Talia Vanderheyden says

    Hi, I know I have ancestors in Hulsel, as my grandfather (b. Nov. 24 1928, d. Oct. 18 2010) was from there, but I cannot seem to find any online records about his family. I was wondering if you know where I could go to find any further information, seeing as I only seem to hit dead ends, and he is no longer around to ask. Thanks.

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