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Why aren’t the births from 1913, 1914 etc. available yet, while they no longer fall under the Privacy Rules?

The death certificates of the Register Offices become public after 50 years, the marriage certificates after 75 years, and the birth certificates after a 100 years. Currently, data on births up to 1913, marriages up to 1945 and deaths up to 1965 are available. Work is ongoing to introduce already public registers into the database. At the bottom of the page 'Sources of information' you can see which registers have recently been added to AlleFriezen.

Punctuation marks regarding ij or y?

Originaly the letter ‘ij’ was pronounced as ‘ee’(in Dutch ‘ie’) in large parts of the Netherlands. Nowadays it sounds like ‘i‘. But actually, this is the other way around. The ‘ij’ was used well into the nineteenth century to indicate the sound of ‘ee’.

The spelling of most Dutch words has in the course of time been adjusted to the pronunciation. There are some exceptions; the word ‘bijzonder’ is (still) pronounced as ‘beezonder’.
In personal names the chance of fossilized spelling is much bigger, as names are not subject to adjusted rules in spelling, and are often copied from older official sources like registers of birth.

This phenomenon is also apparent in place names like Wijckel in Gaasterland and Wijchen near Nijmegen. Nearly all personal names (Christian names and surnames) including a ‘ij’ know a variant with an ‘ie’, e.g. Sijbinga and Siebinga.

The described shift of sound can cause confusion in the right pronunciation and spelling of personal names. Some people wrongly pronounce ‘Sijtsma’ as ‘Sitesma’. Others skip punctuation marks and write Sytsma, Wybenga, etc. In our database names with a ‘ij’ are often written with a ‘y’ to restrict the number of variants. This says nothing about the spelling in the original certificate. Please regard this point during your search. Usually the letters a, o, e or u are followed by an Y.

Reduction of search results

Use of filters

A filter is used to further reduce a search result. This allows you to add an extra selection criterion after a query. For instance by typing a year and selecting the field of years.

Limitations in your query

To limit the number of results, you can select or type “Rol”, “Tweede persoon”, “Plaats en/of Periode”

Which date is conclusive in a separation of marriage?

With an annulment of marriage the official date is the date of registration of the divorce decree in the register of marriages and divorces. This registration had to take place within six months of the court order. In other words: if a divorce decree wasn’t registrated in the register of marriages and divorces within six months after the court order, that court order was not validated and the marriage was not annulled!

My search leads me to the wrong certificate.

This can happen when the certificates are spread over more than one page, when the numbering of certificates has been started anew (e.g. in supplement registers), or when no numbering of certificates was ever present and the reference from the index concerns page numbers (Bnumber). It is difficult to find the relation between the index data and the digitalised certificates. In those case, the problem can be solved by leafing through the register. The registers were (obviously) formed chronologically. With the use of the date of registration (in birth and death certificates) or date of marriage the right certificate can be found quickly.

Logging in / making an account

You do not have to log in, or make an account in order to use this website. This functionality is only for civil servants of the Frisian municipalities.

Printing a certificate

Printing a certificate is free of charge. Please note that not all the municipalities have yet placed their certificates digitally.

How do you print?

The scan of the certificate is shown after clicking the eye-icon in the result screen. There are more icons at the bottom left of the certificate. Select the “selection” icon (third button on the left, the square).
Use the mouse to pull a frame around the area you wish to print. Using the sliding bar you can zoom in or out as you wish on the certificate. Then select the function “bevestigen” (confirm). A new screen will then be opened. Select “OK” and the selected part will be saved as a JPG file on your computer (or will be opened in a viewing program for images). You can now print the selection.

Image not visible?

If you find no image of the scan on your screen, there may be a problem with your internet browser. These problems may be solved with the Plugin of Adobe Flash Player, version 11.6.602.180, that can be downloaded and installed via http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/.

The Plugin needs to be installed separately in each browser, should you use different browsers. A short user manual for Mozilla Fire Fox and Internet Explorer is given below.

What is a GEDCOM file?

The name GEDCOM is an acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmunication that is used for a special format of a text that was developed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This format is used as a standard for communication between the Church and people who supply genealogical data. The GEDCOM format has in the mean time grown to be the de facto standard for the exchange of data between most genealogical programs and systems.

A GEDCOM file is easily accessible, as it consists of flat text, and is therefore adaptable by each text editor.

Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer gives the following warning in the toolbar “This website wishes to install this insert option: ‘Adobe Flash Player Installer’ by ‘Adobe Systems Incorporated’. Click here when you trust the website and the insert option, and wish to install this… Click on this notification in the toolbar and choose ‘Install ActiveX-drive element…’

Mozilla FireFox

Mozilla FireFox asks if you want to save the file ‘install_flash_player.exe’. Agree. A small screen will then open that shows the file you have just downloaded. Click on that image and then on ‘ok’ when asked if you want to open the file.

The next screen will be a safety warning asking you if you want to run the program. Click to run. The next message will inform you that Adobe Flash Player can only be installed after closing FireFox. Close all the FireFox screens and try again.

You will now find the Adobe Flash Player icon on your desktop. It can either be removed or maintained.

Suggestions for viewing scans of certificates

- Don’t confuse the number of the certificate or page with the numbers mentioned after “Paging through the register”. The number of the certificate or page can be found on the original certificate or page.

- If there is no letter in front of a number of certificate, you will find the certificate on both pages that are shown after clicking the eye. The little hand will allow you to move the page. There is no need to turn pages.

- If there is a B in front of a number of certificate, you will find the looked for certificate on the right hand page of both shown pages, or after turning the page, on the left hand side.

- Turn a page by clicking ‘next’ in ‘paging through the register’.

Where do I find certificates of the former municipality of Baarderadeel?

The Frisian municipalities were divided over 91 mairies in 1811. After expulsion of the French, the original 32 municipalities and eleven cities were restored. During the twentieth century, particularly in 1984, several small municipalities merged, resulting in 24 municipalities in 2014. Some former municipalities were divided over two or more new municipalities. This website names the certificates of former municipalities under new municipalities as followes:

 Municipality

Merged into

Year

Current municipality

Year

 Achtkarspelen

 

 

 

 

 Aengwirden

 Heerenveen 

1934

 

 

 Ameland

 

 

 

 

 Baarderadeel

 Littenseradiel

1984

 Súdwest-Fryslân en Waadhoeke

2018

 Barradeel

 Franekeradeel, Het Bildt en Harlingen

1984

 Waadhoeke

2018

 Bolsward

 Súdwest-Fryslân

2011

 

 

 Dantumadeel

 

 

 

 

 Dokkum

 Dongeradeel

1984

 Noardeast-Fryslân

2019

 Doniawerstal

 Skarsterlan (deels Wymbritseradeel)

1984

 De Fryske Marren

2014

 Ferwerderadeel

 Noardeast-Fryslân

2019

 

 

 Franeker

 Franekeradeel

1984

 Waadhoeke

2018

 Gaasterland

 Gaasterland-Sleat

1984

 De Fryske Marren

2014

 Harlingen

 

 

 

 

 Haskerland

 Skarsterlan, Lemsterland en Heerenveen

1984

 De Fryske Marren

2014

 Hemelumer Oldeferd

 Nijefurd en Gaasterland-Sleat

1984

 Súdwest-Fryslân

2011

 Hennaarderadeel

 Littenseradeel

1984

 Súdwest-Fryslân en Waadhoeke

2018

 Het Bildt

 Waadhoeke

2018

 

 

 Hindeloopen

 Nijefurd

1984

 Súdwest-Fryslân

2011

 Idaarderadeel

 Boarnsterhim en Smallingerland

1984

 Leeuwarden

2018

 IJlst

 Wymbritseradiel

1984

 Súdwest-Fryslân

2011

 Kollumerland en Nieuwkruisland

 Noardeast-Fryslân

2019

 

 

 Leeuwarden

 

 

 

 

 Leeuwarderadeel

 Leeuwarden (foar in part*)

1943

 Leeuwarden

2018

 Lemsterland

 De Fryske Marren

2014

 

 

 Menaldumadeel

 Waadhoeke

2018

 

 

 Oostdongeradeel

 Dongeradiel

1984

 Noardeast-Fryslân

2019

 Ooststellingwerf

 

 

 

 

 Opsterland

 

 

 

 

 Rauwerderhem

 Boarnsterhim

1984

 Leeuwarden

2018

 Schiermonnikoog

 

 

 

 

 Schoterland

 Heerenveen en Haskerland 

1934

 

 

 Sloten

 Gaasterland-Sleat

1984

 De Fryske Marren

2014

 Smallingerland

 

 

 

 

 Sneek

 Súdwest-Fryslân

2011

 

 

 Stavoren

 Nijefurd

1984

 Súdwest-Fryslân

2011

 Terschelling

 

 

 

 

 Tytsjerksteradiel

 

 

 

 

 Utingeradeel

 Boarnsterhim en Skasterlan

1984

 De Fryske Marren

2014

 Vlieland

 

 

 

 

 Westdongeradeel

 Dongeradiel

1984

 Noardeast-Fryslân

2019

 Weststellingwerf

 

 

 

 

 Wonseradeel

 Súdwest-Fryslân

2011

 

 

 Workum

 Nijefurd

1984

 Súdwest-Fryslân

2011

 Wymbritseradeel

 Súdwest-Fryslân

2011

 

 

 * The southern part of the original municipality of Leeuwarderadeel (with amongst others: Huizum, Goutum, Wirdum and Wytgaard) was added to the municipality of Leeuwarden. The northern part remained an independent municipality.

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