Dutch term – Schuur

A schuur is a barn or a shed.

Some of my ancestors lived at the Roerdink farm in the Netherlands from the 1400s to the 1600s. The farm still exists. The main building has been renewed but some of the outbuildings have not. They used tree ring dating on the barn a couple of years ago and it was from 1544 so it was built when my ancestors lived there. It is the oldest known barn in the Netherlands.

Barn at the Roerdink farm, 1965. Credits: H.P.R. Rosenberg, collection Cultural Heritage Service (CC-BY-SA)

Cultural Heritage Service (CC-BY-SA).

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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.


  1. That barn was almost 350 years old by the time my city was founded!

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