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Location of the Netherlands
Record Description
Record Type: Archival indexes and miscellaneous records
Collection years:
Languages: Dutch, Flemish
Title in the Language: Nederland, Indexen van de Archieven, Allerhande Archiefstukken
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Why Should I Look at This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes indexed records from across the Netherlands. This collection does not include any records of birth marriage, or death. For indexes to other records, see Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Population Registers and Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Vital Records.

What Is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The data in this index was contributed from many archives around the Netherlands. The collection continues to grow as records become available. The indexes were originally collected, combined, and published by OpenArchives. For the entire index collection and more information visit OpenArchives.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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For additional information about image restrictions see Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections.

Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are written in Dutch. For help reading these records see:

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains an index to notarial records, emigration and immigration, military enrollment and more. The indexed data may provide birth date, residence information, and occupation.

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

For a list of the archives which have contributed to this collection, please see OpenArchives' page showing the number of individual entries.

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the person
  • Their residence at the time of the event
  • The date of the event

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Copy down all the information from the record detail on the results page
  • Cite the record. See below for help citing this collection
  • OpenArchive may have more information about the record or may even lead you to a record image. To visit this site, click on the "Visit Partner Site" button to the right of the record detail
  • Family members often appear on an individual's vital records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage. Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have lived nearby
  • Use the information you have found to find more. For instance, use the age listed in a record to estimate a year of birth

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900
  • When looking for a person with a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which individual is correct. Use other information, such as place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, to determine which candidate is the correct person. If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted in other record
  • Check for variants of given names and surnames. An individual might have been listed under a middle name, nickname, or abbreviation of their given name. Some women may also have returned to their maiden name after the death of their husband
  • Vary the search terms. For example, expand the date range or search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible matches
  • Search the records of nearby areas. While most people in this period never lived too far away from their place of birth, it was not uncommon for someone to move several times over the course of a lifetime

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Netherlands.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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