If you have found there were some Dutch ancestors you will want to investigate the following site, especially those with the ‘Family Cards‘ now digitalized and online. This was a system used by the government of The Netherlands as a form of a census. Beginning in 1880 they had each household complete information about those individuals living a certain house. That information was placed on a card, what became known as the ‘Family Card’. Each year the registration was done any changes within each household could then be made. If two children were born into the family between 1881 and 1885, then their names and births were then noted on the family card. If anyone moved away or died, such a note was placed by their name. However, it was always known who had once lived in that house because that information remained on the card. This type of card system continued for years until eventually phrased out between 1939 and 1941 and individual person registration cards were then used.
It was not just names and the residence listed, but maiden names for women, a person’s full birth date, their occupation, religion and occasionally additional information such as any handicaps. The large city of Rotterdam is the only one to date with the scanned family cards to view. In the search boxes place a family surname and check ‘Population Registration’ box (note you can select to have everything translated into England from Dutch). You may have several to look over in an index form (showing names and birth years) but once you select one, click on the icon to the left to view the actual scanned card. The database is free to use and also the ability to download any actual images of the cards you select.
Ever wonder the basis of a Dutch family surname? Available online is the ‘Dutch Family Bank’. Here is a collection of some 300,000 surnames found in The Netherlands. With each family name will be which region most with that name live in the country and some basic background information of its meaning and origin.
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