Zuid-Holland traditional dressZuid-Holland is a province in the west of the Netherlands. It borders on Utrecht and Gelderland in the east, Noord-Brabant and Zeeland in the south, the North Sea in the west and Noord-Holland in the north.

The capital city of Zuid-Holland is The Hague (In Dutch Den Haag or ‘s-Gravenhage). Other large towns are:

  • Rotterdam
  • Leiden
  • Dordrecht
  • Gouda
  • Delft

Genealogy in Zuid-Holland

Most people in Zuid-Holland were using fixed surnames long before the civil registration made this mandatory. Some regions used patronymics in addition to the surname.

Many records of Zuid-Holland are kept by the National Archives, which also functions as the provincial archive of Zuid-Holland. The larger municipalities, like The Hague and Rotterdam, have their own municipal archive where the records of those towns are kept.

A growing number of birth, marriage and death records from the civil registration of Zuid-Holland can be found in WieWasWie. The records for Rotterdam and former municipalities that now belong to Rotterdam can be found on the Rotterdam digital family tree website.

Emigration from Zuid-Holland

Because Zuid-Holland has always been one of the more prosperous parts of the Netherlands, it was not a region from where an extraordinary number of people emigrated during the big emigration waves. Many merchants and entrepreneurs did emigrate however, to newly founded colonies or tradingposts.

Online images

There are several resources for images of Zuid-Holland:


About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink is a professional genealogist in the Netherlands. She has been doing genealogy for almost 25 years. Her expertise is helping people from across the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.


  1. Kelly Alvarado says:

    The link to the Rotterdam family tree site is not working.

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