About the Netherlands Marriage Index, 1524-1972
General collection information
This collection contains marriage records from the Netherlands between 1524-1972. All records are transcribed in Dutch, but some original records may have been written in Latin. The collection is index only, however; each record includes a link to the original online source, which may include additional information and images.
Using this collection
Records in the collection may include the following information:
When researching this collection, you may come across multiple dates. The earlier dates are the date the banns were published and usually occur three weeks before the wedding takes place.
Knowing some common Dutch phrases will help you to explore these records:
If your family was Catholic, they are likely to have multiple marriage records. Catholic marriages were not legally recognized between 1648 and 1795. To legally marry, Catholics often had a second ceremony performed by the Dutch Reformed Church or in court.
Collection in context
Trouwboeken, or marriage record books, are among the oldest records found in the Netherlands. Church records are particularly useful because the practice of keeping civil records wasn't used in the Netherlands until 1811 when it was introduced by the French.
Although some churches already kept marriage records, the 1563 Council of Trent decreed that Catholic churches should start keeping records of baptisms and marriages. Shortly thereafter, the Protestant church also began keeping records of baptism, marriage, and burial. Records varied by parish, however record keeping became more widely practiced in 1578, when the Netherlands became a Protestant state.
Hoitink, Yvette. "Church Records." Dutch Genealogy." Last Modified April 19, 2005. https://www.dutchgenealogy.nl/church-records/.
Centrum Voor Familiegeschiedenis. "Finding Ancestors in Church Books." Last Modified April 4, 2018. https://cbg.nl/kennis/basiskennis/voorouders-in-dtb/.