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Sample strategy to find dutch sources

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Sample strategy

To find sources to add to profiles concerning dutch ancestors, I use this strategy:

More details for married person

1. To find information about birth, marriage(s) and death of a person, mentioned in a marriage source (after 1811), I enter the advanced search form at [Whowaswho advanced search], with surnames (omitting the prefixes), while adding details of the mother as the second person and using "*" for uncertain parts of the names.

For instance, "Femmigje Jansen" married in [1865], showing her parents as "Matthijs Jansen" and "Trijntje IJdinge"

Almost all BMD data for her bio, appear when entering the [Whowaswho form]:

  • Surname: jan*en
  • Firstname(s): fem*
  • Role: All roles

Second person, appears by clicking [Add a person]

  • Surname: *dinge
The resulting list can be sorted by date and shows three marriages and a death, but no birth. An extract of the birth certificate must be presented at marriage, so the next step is to find it.

2. Birth certificate from extract at marriage.

The marriage of "Femmigje Jansen" in 1865 took place in Staphorst, Overijssel and has record number 16.

Go to ZoekAkten and click on the "OV" for Overijssel tab, then click on the link Staphorst. The extracts can be found under "Huwelijksbijlagen", all the available years appear by clicking [Maak een keuze]. In this case, volunteers made an index, so the film "Bijlagen 1860-1872" has a link "index per film" and 1865 can be found, having 37 marriages and starting at image 865. To find the extracts for marriage record 16, multiply the record number by six (in this case five is better) and some fine tuning results in this source:

"Netherlands, Overijssel Province, Civil Registration, 1811-1960," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-15269-50227-27?cc=2026211&wc=9CBC-C68:1029071501,1029110801 : accessed 27 July 2015), Staphorst > Huwelijksbijlagen 1860-1872 > image 943 of 2487; Historisch Centrum Overijssel (Overijssel Historical Center, Overijssel).

This step also shows christening records before 1811 and burial/death records of deceased parents (and sometimes grandparents) of the bride and groom.

Siblings of person

To find brothers and sisters of a person, first find the parents and use the [Whowaswho form]:

  • Surname: jan*en
  • Role: All roles

Second person, appears by clicking [Add a person]

  • Surname: *dinge
  • First name(s): tr*je
The result is list of marriages with every other entry the father Matthijs. The first entry is the marriage of the parents of Femmigje.

Special areas, before 1811

Zuid Holland

Of the small towns and villages in Zuid Holland, copies of the DTB books are scanned at the site [GaHetNA.nl]. If an ancestor originates from a town in Zuid Holland, for instance a Jongeneel from Sluipwijk, use these steps:

1. Go to [http://pauwel.blogspot.nl]
2. Click on the link of Sluipwijk
3. Choose the period and click on the link for the surname you are looking for, for instance Jong - Cortje between 1796 and 1812
4. The site GaHetNA opens with scans of families in the area of the town, scan 4 shows Jongeneel families
5. At Dirk, married to Lijdia Wensveen, we find Pieter with the details "R 11- 32; R 14-155 1/4-8-1811"
There are two registrations and we already know the dates of birth and christening
6. To follow this indication, my advice is to right-click on the link Collectie duplicaten van de districtsklappers op de doopregisters in de provincie Zuid-Holland, to open this in a new browser tab
7. Scoll up in this new window to find the 'Afkorting' R and copy the code behind 'nummer toegang':
8. Go to the top of the page and click in the link Naar Collectie / Archiefinventarissen
9. Enter the copied code in the field 'Nummer archiefinventaris' and click the button Zoeken
10. There is one result, the archive of Reeuwijk
11. Scroll down and click on the "+" in front of Reeuwijk (DTB)
12. Then "D." is for Sluipwijk, and "a." for GEREFORMEERD
13. We find book 11 for the period 1778 - 1812, click on the link
14. Click on the tab "Alle scans" to see all scanned pages
15. Page 32 of book 14 turns out to be scan 23, underneath you can copy the URL http://proxy.handle.net/10648/3db0bab9-534b-4250-8374-0ab5857f324d as a link to the source.


To find transcripts and records for ancestors in Friesland, the site Tresoar.nl can be used. I use [asksam] to find christening and births. My advice is to use standardised names when searching, to find variants. For instance, Dieuke Pyters from Morra, Oostdongeradeel, married in 1768. Her standardised name is Dieuwke Pieters, her father must be Pieter.

In asksam, I mark the "Dopen voor 1811" option and the field "Zoeken naar", I enter the text including brackets:
[dopeling: dieuwke] [vader: pieter] [doopjaar 174*]
This results in one record for 1742 in Oostdongeradeel, the URL points to the source:


The search in the 1750s shows two results, I think they are too close to the marriage date.

Molier-3 15:13, 10 October 2015 (EDT) I see the asksam option does not work any more. The site AlleFriezen is the site to use. Search options are good, the standardised names are automatically used. So a search for "pyttje sytzes ypma" also shows Pietje.

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The following url combines wiewaswie (whowaswho) with several other archives: https://www.openarch.nl/?lang=en.

Some archievs have changed their url unfortunately. I always use the familysearch.org citation as shown on this page because I expect this is stable for a long time.

posted by Jan Zuurbier