When reading old records, you will often come across place names that cannot be found on a modern map. The spelling or the entire name may have changed. For example, the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta, was known as Batavia under Dutch rule.
Former Amsterdam City Archivist Simon Hart researched the places of origin that were mentioned in the Amsterdam marriage records. He compiled a list of these places and their old spellings, and the probable place that it refers to.
- “Heemste” can refer to Heemstede in Zuid-Holland or Heemste in Friesland.
- “Kantelbergh” refers to Canterbury, England.
- “Nieuw Amsterdam” refers to New York City, New York.
- “Sint Ander” refers to Santander in Spain.
- “Rijssel” refers to Lille, France.
The list compiled by Simon Hart can be downloaded as a PDF from the Amsterdam City Archives website (right side of the page).