Welcome to this series about Genealogy in the Netherlands. The first part is about primary sources after 1811 in the Netherlands. They will be discussed in three posts, discussing the three primary sources that are available in the Netherlands. These primary sources will give you the basic facts, birth, marriage and death dates, of anyone born after 1811. If a person is born before 1811, but married or died after 1811, some information can also be found in these sources. These sources, however, are good to look at for more than just these primary facts. Many of them give more information than just the three basic dates.
The first primary source you’ll encounter if you work backwards in time is the persoonslijst. Every person of Dutch nationality that died on or after 1 October 1994 in the Netherlands (colonies and the Antilles do not count and will not be discussed here) will have a persoonslijst. A persoonslijst can be requested two calendar years after a person died. This has to be done in writing at the Central Bureau of Genealogy in The Hague. (See www.cbg.nl for more information)
The persoonslijst is a simple computer printout, but carries a wealth of information about the person. This is the information that can be found on a persoonslijst:
a. Surname of the person
b. First names of the person
c. Birth date and birth place
e. Names, birth dates and birth places of the parents, as far as they were entered on the persoonskaart
f. Data about marriages of the person, if they were married. This data was transcribed from the persoonskaart.
g. Addresses. This isn’t an obligatory field, but most cards have at least one address on it, with date as to when the person lived there, but some cards contain more addresses, and you can follow a person when he or she moves around.
h. Date and place of death
i. Children, mentioned are surname, first names, birth date and place. Children appear on the persoonslijst of the father and of the mother. Note: when the persoonslijst was made, it was mandatory to note all children born after 1 January 1966 on their parent’s persoonslijst. Children born before 1 January 1966 could be left out of the administration, so beware of this when looking at this field. Also, the youngest child is listed first, and the oldest is listed last.
If you want to properly source a persoonslijst, use this format: Persoonslijst: CBG, persoonslijst [first names and surname] ([year of birth]-[year of death].
For an example of a persoonslijst and what can be gleaned from it, see Looking for Lamboo part I.
For other posts in this series, see the How-to Guide to Genealogy in the Netherlands.