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Location of the Netherlands
Record Description
Record Type: Vitals and indexes
Collection years:
Languages: Dutch, Flemish
Title in the Language: Nederland, Indexen van de Archieven, Allerhande Archiefstukken
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes indexed records from across the Netherlands. This collection contains records of birth, marriage, and death. For an index to other records see Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Public Records and Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Vital Records.

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.

This collection contains records of many types. Some of the more common include:

  • Civil registration
  • Church registers
  • Emigration lists
  • Military registers
  • Land and tax registers

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

Whenever possible FamilySearch makes images and indexes available for all users. However, rights to view these data are limited by contract and subject to change. Because of this there may be limitations on where and how images and indexes are available or who can see them. Please be aware some collections consist only of partial information indexed from the records and do not contain any images. 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:

In this collection, some index entries may include the following Dutch terms:

  • onbekend, "unknown"
  • levenloos, "stillborn"
  • een levenloos zoon, "stillborn son"
  • een levenloze dochter, "stillborn daughter"
  • weduwe van, "widow of"
  • de vrouw van, "the wife of"
  • twee kinderen van, "two children of"
  • zijn jonggeb kind, "his young child"

These normally occur in place of an individual's given name. None of these terms should ever be considered an actual name.

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

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Date and place of birth
  • Given name of child
  • Full names of parents


  • Date and place of marriage
  • Full names of bride and groom
  • Names of parents
  • Names of witnesses


  • Date and place of death
  • Name of deceased
  • Name of spouse or parents

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, it is best to know the following information:

  • Name of the person
  • Date range for the record

As you search, compare your results with this information to find a match.

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]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • If available, check the image for additional information
  • Analyze the entry to see if it provides additional clues to find other records of the person or their family

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 records
  • 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

For additional help searching online collections see FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

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]

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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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