Netherlands Births - What else you can try

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This page will give you additional guidance and resources to find birth information for your ancestor. Use this page after first completing the birth section of the Netherlands Guided Research page.

Additional online resources


Additional Nationwide Databases and Online Resources

Additional Province Databases and Online Resources

To search these additional databases you need to know the province your ancestor came from.
Note: New rights-to-privacy laws may require you to agree to user conditions before you can access records.

Use these additional records to locate birth information about your ancestor:
What to search
Stadsarchief Delft
Indexed church and civil registration records.
Indexes to civil registration and church records, with images.
Civil registration records database with links to the original record image, church records database.
Genealogie in de Achterhoek
Indexes to church records.
Vereniging Veluwse Geslachten
Access to indexes and images of civil and church records.
Indexes to church records.
Genealogische Databank Limburg
Genealogical database including indexes to church and civil records.
North Brabant
Het geheugen van Brabant
Genealogical website for northeastern Noord-Brabant including indexes to church and civil records.
North Holland
Noord-Hollands Archief
Index to church and civil records linked to the respective documents.
Historisch Centrum Overijssel
Includes civil registration indexes.
South Holland
Links to individual cities/villages birth, marriage, death, and other record collections.
Utrecht State Archive
Indexed church and civil registration records.
Zeeuwen Gezocht
Includes indexes to church records and civil registration.
Stadsarchief Amsterdam
Open Archives
Stadsarchief Rotterdam
Indexed church and civil registration records.

Substitute records


Additional Records with Birth Information

Substitute records may contain information about more than one event and are used when records for an event are not available. Records that are used to substitute for birth events may not have been created at the time of the birth. The accuracy of the record is contingent upon when the information was recorded. Search for information in multiple substitute records to confirm the accuracy of these records.

Use these substitute records to locate birth information about your ancestor:
Wiki Page
FamilySearch(FS) Collections
Why to search the records
Cemetery Records
See Wiki Page
Tombstone inscriptions and records often mention birth information.
Military Records
See Wiki Page
Military records often mention birth information.
Marriage Supplements
See Wiki Page
May include birth certificates.
Population Registers
Population Registers FS Collections
Most likely includes birth information for the household members.

Improve searching


Tips for finding births

Success with finding birth records in online databases depends on a few key points:

  • Your ancestor's name may misspelled. Try the following search tactics:
  • Try different spelling variations of the first and last name of your ancestor.
  • Leave out surname prefixes such as "de", "van", "van der" etc.
  • Try a given name search (leave out the last names)
  • Use wild cards, if possible, to represent phonetic variants, especially for surname endings. Example: "-bach" could also be spelled "bag" or "bagh".
  • Consider phonetic equivalents that may be used interchangeably, such as "F" and "V"; "C", "K", and "G"
  • Expand the date range of the search.
  • Try searching with the province name only instead of by the town.
  • If your ancestor's name is common, try adding more information to narrow the search.

Why the record may not exist


Known Record Gaps

Records Start

  • Civil registration of birth in the Netherlands began on 1 March 1811. Some civil birth records exist from 1795 on.
  • Church records started around 1550, but most begin after 1700. Actual record availability varies by locality.

Records Destroyed

  • Floods and wars were the leading cause of destruction for church records. Civil registration records are generally complete, with few exceptions.

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