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Zwartewaterland is a municipality in Overijssel. It is located around the Zwarte Water river in western Overijssel, between Kampen and Zwolle.
The municipality contains the following places: Hasselt, Genemuiden, Zwartsluis, Baarlo, Kievitsnest, Cellemuiden, De Velde, Genne, Haarst, Hasselterdijk and Mastenbroek.
It was formed in 2001 by merging Hasselt, Genemuiden and Zwartsluis.
Church Records[edit | edit source]
Images of Church Records are accessible from the HCO inventory 0124 and VPND. Transcriptions and indexes can be found at the HCO, GeneaKnowHow and VPND. Some of the records have been transcribed or indexed, and these are detailed in the text below.
All couples, regardless of their religion, were required before 1794/5 to have their marriage registered in the Dutch Reformed church. From 1795-1811 all couples were required to marry before the secular authorities (gerecht).Burials of non-Dutch Reformed persons may also have taken place in the Dutch Reformed church.
According to the 1840 Census, present day Zwartewaterland was 97% Protestant, 2% Catholic and 1% Jewish
Dutch Reformed[edit | edit source]
In Zwartsluis, baptisms were recorded from 1657 and marriages from 1692. Transcriptions are available from VPND
In Hasselt marriages from recorded from 1673 and baptisms from 1591. Baptisms from 1689-1702 are only accessible through VPND.
In Genemuiden a fire in 1868 destroyed all church records.
Another possibility for finding ancestors in Genemuiden is a book called:
"Oude Families uit Genemuiden 44 genealogieën uit de 17e en 18e eeuw" by H. W. Hammer
This book is available in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City; call number 949.223/G2 D2h as well as on fiche: FHL INTL Fiche 6001922
Other Religions[edit | edit source]
There was (and still is) no Catholic church in Zwartewaterland. Catholics who lived there had to attend the nearest church in a different place, for example Zwolle, Kampen or Vollenhove
In Zwartsluis a Mennonite (doopsgezinde) church kept records of births and marriages from 1754, and a Jewish synagogue kept records of circumcisions from 1768-1799.
Civil Registration[edit | edit source]
In 1811 the Napoelonic Regime began the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths. This has been continued by the Dutch government ever since. Civil registration is organized around municipalities of the time of the events.
For Zwartewaterland and its former municipalities, births from 1811-1912, marriages from 1811-1932 and deaths from 1811-1960 are on WieWasWie and OpenArch. The exception is births from Zwartsluis, and births from Hasselt from 1903-1912.
The original images are not linked to this index. The FamilySearch Catalog may have images for births 1913-1916, marriages 1933-1941 and deaths 1961-1966. Births older than 100 years, marriages older than 75 years and deaths older than 50 years are able to be publicly released but archives can be behind putting them online. Current policy is to release records in ten year blocs, so that in 2018 marriages to 1942 will be released and in 2023 births to 1922 and deaths to 1972 will be released.