Quick tip: There is no village called ‘Burgerlijke Stand’

In some of the records at Familysearch, the place of birth is listed as ‘Burgerlijke Stand’ followed by the name of a municipality in the Netherlands. ‘Burgerlijke Stand’ means ‘Civil Registration‘ and is not a location. The way it is included in the record sets on Familysearch makes it look like a village.

When these records were imported by Ancestry.com, these errors were copied too. This particular mistake has now been fixed on Ancestry.com, but can still be found on Familysearch.

Read more about these problems with the new Dutch records on Ancestry.com

Burgerlijke Stand Arnhem

Example of someone born in ‘Burgerlijke Stand’

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. Bob Coret says


    Ancestry.com shows the correct info, the screenshot is outdated. FamilySearch (the source of the information you are referencing) strangely enough haven’t corrected these faulty placenames.


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