If you are researching a person, make sure to check the marriage supplements of any children who married after the introduction of the civil registration.
The civil registration was introduced in 1811 in most parts of the Netherlands, and in 1795 in parts of Limburg and Zeeuws-Vlaanderen. Civil registration marriage records have marriage supplements, the records that the bride and groom had to submit to show their identity and eligibility to get married. These records often contain information about their parents.
Some interesting things I have found about the parents in marriage supplements:
- Extracts of burial or death registers of the parents. This is especially useful if you cannot find the burial of people who died before the introduction of the civil registration.
- Declarations about the death of parents, where the burial or death register was incorrect. See the case study of the burial of Maria Elissen for an example.
- Declarations about the death of parents and grandparents, where the burial or death registers were incomplete. See the example of the marriage supplements of Berend Gussinklo and Harmina Fukkink.
- Statements by the court that the parent was unable to give consent because they were not of sound mind, or committed to an asylum.
- Parental consent by parents who were unable to attend in person and went to a notary or court to provide their consent instead. This will tell you where parents were living, and can help you find out where emigrants moved to.