Dutch term – Tegenwoordig, tegenwoordigheid

Tegenwoordig means present. Tegenwoordigheid means presence. You may come across the term in official documents.

For example, a civil registration marriage record may mention that the bride’s parents were hierbij tegenwoordig [hereby present], and consented to the marriage. Or you may find a notarial record that was signed in the  tegenwoordigheid of two witnesses.

Marriage of Henk Hoitink and Mien Woordes, 1942

Marriage of Henk Hoitink and Mien Woordes, 1942, in the presence of their mothers and his grandfather

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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.

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