Re: Databases from the Netherlands #general

Evertjan. <exxjxw.hannivoort@...>

Cecilia Nyleve wrote on 07 Jul 2015 in soc.genealogy.jewish:

I used Genlias a little. I found dealing with spelling of the early
19C was tricky. Using wildcards helped.
Genlias is closed now for over 2 years. Use:

wiewaswie lets you search for any 2 different individuals in one
registration, like mother and child, husband and wife or father and mother,
increasing the chance of a right hit, and lessening spurious results.

I also had difficulty with early Jewish families, and could not decide
whether the problem was my search parameters or the data held in
Next to some obvious transcription errors [like Koten for Kohen],
that nowadays can and should be corrected by viewing the actual scans
indeed one has to get yourself acquainted with the habits of those times and

Nice however is, that over here the maiden name is kept forever as the
official name, and the use of the husband's name is only a day-to-day
custom, never extended to civil registration.

The problems of distilling a maiden name encountered in many a US-obit or
SSDI would never apply over here.

Note that in the early 19C it was not uncommon for people to use
patronymics rather than as well as in addition to surnames.
Surnames were extremely uncommon among the Jews before the 1811 civil
implementation, which is well documented in many localities.

Nicknames, like "Haag" in "Abraham Cohen Haag" just meant that the family
came >from Den Haag [the Hague], and could later [1811/1812] be "iconified"
as the family-name "Haagens" or "Hagens", losing the "Cohen" altogether.

As civil BMD-registers ["burgelijke stand"] entries are closed to the public
100 years for births, 75 years for marriages and 50 years for deaths. Newspaper
announcements and sometimes municipal family registers
["bevolkingsregister"] could be available.

I've not tried
Please do.

Evertjan Hannivoort.
The Netherlands.
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