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