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The Netherlands

Dutch Reformed, Roman Catholic, and Lutheran are the primary religions. One of the best things about Dutch research -- Dutch vital records began in 1811. Prior to 1811, church records can be in Dutch, French, or Latin. You can also write to the archives in English and get a response in English.
  • Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie (Central Bureau for Genealogy). The bureau, founded in 1945, is a resource for family history and genealogy information and combines governmental and private resources.
  • Dobson, D. (2008). Dutch colonists in the Americas, 1615-1815. Baltimore, Md: Printed for Clearfield Co. by Genealogical Pub.

  • Epperson, Gwenn F. New Netherland Roots. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994.

  • Franklin, Charles M. Dutch Genealogical Research. Indiana: C.M. Franklin, 1997.
  • GenLias - Civil Register. The information in Genlias is taken directly from the Civil Register, the most important Dutch source for genealogical research. Since 1811 the most important events in the life of every person resident in the Netherlands - birth, marriage and death - have been systematically recorded. Marriage records from all provinces are currently being entered into the system. After that most of the participating archives will start entering records of birth and death.

  • Groene Hart Archieven (Green Heart Archives) hold several Dutch papers, including Rijnbode, Rijnlandsche Courant, Schakel, Kroniekweek, and Oranjebulletin.
  • Hull, William I. William Penn and the Dutch Quaker Migration to Pennsylvania. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield Company, Inc., 2007, 1935.
  • Kelly, Arthur C. Names, Names, & More Names: Locating Your Dutch Ancestors in Colonial America. Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry, Inc., 1999.

  • Koninklijke Bibliotheek, 1618-1945. Hundreds of newspapers to online Netherlands archives, including Dutch colonies in Indonesia, Antilles, Suriname and elsewhere.

  • The Leeuwarder Courant (in Dutch). 1752-present.

  • Out of the Phoenix, A Tragic Beginning: Holland Immigrants Triumph Over Tragedy. 1847-1987. Standard Printing Co., 1986.
  • Swierenga, Robert P. Dutch Emigrants to the United States, South Africa, South America and Southeast Asia 1835-1880: An Alphabetical Listing by Household Heads and Independent Persons. Wilmington, Delaware: Scholarly Resources, 1983.

  • Swierenga, Robert P. Dutch Households in U.S. Population Censuses 1850, 1860, 1870: An Alphabetical Listing by Family Heads. Wilmington, Delaware: Scholarly Resources, 1987.

  • Swierenga, Robert P. Dutch Immigrants in U.S. Ship Passenger Manifests, 1820-1880: An Alphabetical Listing by Household Heads and Independent Persons. Wilmington, Delaware: Scholarly Resources, 1983.

  • Utrechts Nieuwsblad, 1893-1967.