Key Words for Dutch Genealogy: Tuesday's Tip

Author: Brenda Leyndyke / Labels: ,

One of the obstacles to researching records of a foreign country can be the language differences.  Once I was ready to research with Netherlands records, I knew I was going to need a little help in this area.  So, I turned to Family Search for help.  It was there that I found dutch genealogy words.

To find these words one needs to go to the Family Search wiki for "Netherlands Language and Languages".  Here you will find Dutch language help for key words, dates, times, and other words.

Here are a few words that will help you get started:

baptism           dopen, doop, gedoopt
birth                 geboren, geboorte
burial               begraven, begraaf
child                 kind
death                overleden, overlijden, gestorven
father               vader
husband          echtgenoot
marriage         huwelijk(en), trouwen, gehuwden, getrouwd
month             maand
mother            moeder
town                stad, gemeente, dorp
wife                 huisvrouw, vrouw, echtgenote
year                 jaar

The Family Search wiki for dutch words has helped me when translating records from Dutch to English.  Eventually, I decided to purchase an English/Dutch Dictionary, which is helpful too.

If you are doing any Netherlands research be sure to check out the Family Search "Netherlands Language and Languages" wiki.


Peter said...

Being Dutch, please allow me a few remarks.
All English words in this list are nouns, some of the translations show both nouns and verbs.

baptism = doop
to baptize = dopen
baptized = gedoopt

birth = geboorte
born = geboren

burial = begrafenis
to bury = begraven

death = overlijden
deceased or died = overleden or gestorven

to mary = trouwen
maried = getrouwd

town = stad
municipality = gemeente
village = dorp

It is not all that important but it may add to a proper understanding of what is being read.

If I can be of further assistance, please let me know.

Kind regards

Brenda Leyndyke said...

Peter, Thank you so much for clarifying this. I am sure it will help Dutch researchers.

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