Dutch term – Huisnummer

A huisnummer is a house number.

Modern Dutch addresses are composed of a street name, house number, postal code, and place name. The house number follows the street name, e.g. “Dorpsstraat 15.” House numbers could change over time.

Such addresses with street names and house numbers are a relatively modern invention. In the 1800s and in some places into the 1900s, houses were not numbered per street but by ward. Before 1800, there is a great regional variation. Some places numbered houses, while in others, houses were just indicated by their owners, or by the name of the house or sign.

Please note that house numbers are not the same as cadastral numbers. See 7 Tips for Finding the Address of Your Dutch Ancestors for more suggestions.

House number 28, with faint number 36 next to it

Changed house number in Ezinge, Groningen. Photo by author

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.

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