Dutch Resources

When looking at the Dutch church records index from the province of Gelderland, you will see a column with a heading of CODE. The below legend provides a translation for this legend as it is listed in that Dutch church index.
Verklaring van de codeletters in de naamlijst
Statement by the code letters in the name list
vader van de dopeling
father of the baptized
moeder van de dopeling
mother of the baptized
overige genoemde personen in de doopinschrijving, zoals getuigen
other persons named in baptism tender, as witnesses
bruidegom, respectievelijk bruid
groom, bride respectively
vader van bruidegom, resp. van de bruid
father of the groom or bride
moeder van bruidegom, resp. van de bruid
mother of the groom or bride
overige in de “trouw”inschrijving genoemde – al dan niet aanwezige – personen
others mentioned in the “faith” registration – whether or not present – persons
overledene, de begravene, degene waarvoor de klok is geluid, of grafechten zijn betaald
deceased, the buried, the one for which the clock is sound, or burial rights have been paid
n.b De overige genoemden zijn soms ook onder B gecodeerd
N.B. The other former are sometimes encoded B
overige in de “begraaf”inschrijving genoemde(n)
others in the “bury” said registration(s)
– als lidmaat van de nederduits-gereformeerde gemeente ter plaatse ingeschrevenen
as a member of the Dutch Reformed Congregation locally attached
– rooms-katholiek die het sacrament van het H. Vormsel heeft ontvangen, of is toegetreden tot een bepaalde broederschap of congregatie
Roman Catholic who has received the sacrament of Holy Confirmation or acceded to a certain brotherhood or congregation
in andere inschrijvingen dan die van doop, trouw en overlijden genoemden
in subscriptions other than those of baptism, wedding, and death such persons

Civil registration (vital records) started in the Netherlands in the year 1811 – with few exceptions in the far south, where it began in 1795. Civil records are public after 50 years (deaths), 75 years (marriages) or 100 years (births).

Birth Records: These contain the childs name, date and place of birth and the parents (if known). Some records may include notes, for example an illegitimate birth.

Marriage Records: Names of both spouses, the date of marriage, ages or dates of birth, places of birth and residence as well as occupations and names of the parents may be included on marriage records. Parents were required to consent to underage marriages. If the parents were deceased, grandparents could give consent. Some records may include information about a bride or groom’s parents and grandparents in these cases. Earlier records will include four witnesses with later records having just two.

Death records: The name of the deceased and as much information as was known by the informant was recorded in death records. The informant was required to have first-hand knowledge of the death. These records frequently mention age, place of birth, residence, address where the death occurred, occupation, and the names of the parents or spouse. It did not include the cause of death. Relatives, neighbors or (in later records) undertakers often served as informants.

This information was gathered from the article Going Dutch by John Boeren in the March/April 2020 issue of Family Tree Magazine