Dutch term – Vreemdeling

A vreemdeling is a stranger or an alien. The word is used in genealogical records to indicate someone who was not Dutch, an immigrant. Vreemdelingen typically had to register with the municipality. The specific regulations and resulting records depend on the time and place.

Seasonal German worker resting, 1840s. Credits: Sybolt Berghuis, collection Rijksmuseum (public domain).

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