Dutch term – Landmeter

A landmeter is a surveyor. Landmeters were not only called in to record new borders, but also when there was a dispute about borders or property ownership. Their records can often be found in town records or in the court records.

surveyor measuring land

Surveyor, mid 1600s. Unknown artist, collection Rijksmuseum (public domain)

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. Gretchen Houtman says

    Thank you sooo much for sharing your information. We have many ancestors from the Netherlands and what you share is very helpful when doing research. We are coming to your country the end of August to continue research and find the places some of them lived. I also did attend your session in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

    I am looking at some census records and wondering why some of the names have been crossed out.
    Thanks again for all that you share.

    • Thanks, that’s so nice to hear. The “census records” you’re looking at are probably population registers. These were kept for a period of time, not as a snapshot. People who moved away or wbo died got crossed out.

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