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Why aren’t the births from 1903, 1904 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. This means that the following certificates are public;
- birth certificates before 1913
- marriage certificates before 1933
- death certificates before 1953

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:

Gemeentenaam

Jaar van opheffing

Rechtsopvolger

Akten te vinden in:

Aengwirden

1934

Heerenveen

Heerenveen

Baarderadeel

1984

Littenseradiel

Littenseradiel

Barradeel

1984

Franekeradeel, Het Bildt en Harlingen

Franekeradeel

Boarnsterhim

2014

Leeuwarden, Heerenveen, De Friese Meren en Sûdwest Fryslân

Leeuwarden

Bolsward

2010

Sûdwest Fryslân

Sûdwest Fryslân

Dokkum

1984

Dongeradeel

Dongeradeel

Doniawerstal

1984

Skarsterlân en Wymbritseradeel

De Friese Meren

Franeker

1984

Franekeradeel

Franekeradeel

Gaasterland

1984

Gaasterlân-Sleat

De Friese Meren

Gaasterlân-Sleat

2014

De Friese Meren

De Friese Meren

Haskerland

1984

Skarsterlân, Lemsterland en Heerenveen

De Friese Meren

Hemelumer Oldeferd

1984

Sûdwest Fryslân en Gaasterlân-Sleat

Sûdwest Fryslân

Hennaarderadeel

1984

Littenseradiel

Littenseradiel

Hindeloopen

1984

Nijefurd

Sûdwest Fryslân

Idaarderadeel

1984

Boarnsterhim en Smallingerland

Leeuwarden

IJlst

1984

Wymbritseradiel

Wymbritseradiel

Leeuwarderadeel*

1944

Leeuwarderadeel en Leeuwarden

Leeuwarderadeel

Lemsterland

2014

De Friese Meren

De Friese Meren

Nijefurd

2010

Sûdwest Fryslân

Sûdwest Fryslân

Oostdongeradeel

1984

Dongeradeel

Dongeradeel

Rauwerderhem

1984

Boarnsterhim

Leeuwarden

Schoterland

1934

Heerenveen en Haskerland

Heerenveen

Skarsterlân

2014

De Friese Meren en Heerenveen

De Friese Meren

Sloten

1984

Gaasterlân-Sleat

De Friese Meren

Sneek

2010

Sûdwest Fryslân

Sûdwest Fryslân

Stavoren

1984

Nijefurd

Sûdwest Fryslân

Utingeradeel

1984

Boarnsterhim en Skarsterlân

Leeuwarden

Westdongeradeel

1984

Dongeradeel

Dongeradeel

Workum

1984

Nijefurd

Sûdwest Fryslân

Wûnseradiel

2010

Sûdwest Fryslân

Sûdwest Fryslân

Wymbritseradiel

2010

Sûdwest Fryslân

Sûdwest Fryslân

 

* 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.

Friese plaatsen database” : A database to find the right municipality in relation to placenames, or the other way around. With possibilities to search via maps of Fryslân from the 19th and 20th century

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