Amsterdam, The Netherlands Genealogy

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The Amsterdam City Archives[edit | edit source]

All indexes and images are free of charge. All of the records of the archives are indexed with images available.

32 Collections of Records, Definitions[edit | edit source]

Dutch

English

Archiefkaaarten

Population registration cards
Averijgrossen Damage records for ships
Begraafregisters Burial registers
Begraafplaatsen Grave sites
Bevolkingsregisters Population registers
Overgenomen Delen Family cards, people who died or moved from Amsterdam
Tijdelijk Verblijf Temporary population registrations
Boedelpapieren Inventory papers for orphans
Trouw en Begraafboete Marriage and burial records for orphans
Comportementboeken Records for boys at school to learn to become sailors
Confessieboeken Confession books
Doopregisters Christening registers
Gezinskaarten Family cards
Huiszittenhuizen Poorhouse records
Lidmaten Doopsgezinden Members of the Mennonite Church
Marktkaarten Registers of market stand owners
Ondertrouwregisters Marriage bann registers
Overledenen Gasthuis Death registers of the hospitals
Paspoorten Passports
Patientenregisters Hospital patient registers
Pensioenkaarten Pension cards
Persoonskaarten Personal registration cards
Politierapporten Police reports during WW2
Poorters Lists of "Poorters" – more rights than dwellers
Signalementenregister Register of freed prisoners elsewhere in the country
Tewerkgestelden Lists of forced laborers to Germany in WW2
Transportakten Registrations of fixed property
Vreemdelingenregisters Alien registers
Waterloo Gratificaties List of those who fought at Waterloo
Woningkaarten House registrations with those who lived there

Reading the Records[edit | edit source]

  • Records are most commonly written in Dutch or Latin. You do not have to be fluent these languages to read your documents! Genealogical records usually contain a limited vocabulary. Use this Dutch Genealogical Word List to translate the important points in the document. Also see Latin Word List
  • Also, the handwriting can be slightly different, so you will want to watch these lessons, as needed, depending on the pre-dominant language in the region your ancestors lived:
Reading Dutch Handwritten Records Lesson 1: The Dutch Alphabet.
Reading Dutch Handwritten Records Lesson 2: Dutch Words and Dates.
Reading Dutch Handwritten Records Lesson 3: Reading Dutch Records.


Tips for Finding Your Ancestor in the Records[edit | edit source]

  • Effective use of civil registration and church records includes the following strategies:
  1. Identify your ancestor by finding his birth or christening record.
  2. When you find an ancestor’s birth or baptismal record, search for the births of siblings.
  3. Search for the parents’ marriage record. Typically, the marriage took place one or two years before the oldest child was born.
  4. Search for the parents' birth records. On the average, people married in their early 20s, so subtact 25 or so years from the marriage date for a starting year to search for the parents' birth records.
  5. Search the death registers for all family members.
  6. If you do not find earlier generations in the parish registers, search neighboring parishes.
  • Marriages were usually performed and recorded where the bride lived.
  • Do not overlook the importance of death records. Death records are especially helpful because they may provide important information about a person’s birth, spouse, and parents. Civil death records often exist for individuals for whom there are no birth or marriage records.