Vrij means “free,” as in freedom.
You may encounter the word vrij in different contexts in genealogical records:
- A vrije persoon [free person] was someone who was not enslaved and who was not a serf.
- A vrij goed [free property] was a property (typically a farm) that did not have feudal obligations.
- Vrij van belasting [free of taxes] means that no taxes were levied on the goods.