About the Netherlands, Civil Marriage Index, 1795-1953
General collection information
This collection contains church records for individuals who were married between 1795 and 1953 in the Netherlands. All records are in Dutch.
All data in this third-party database was obtained from WieWasWie. Ancestry does not support or make corrections or changes to the original data. To learn more about these records, please refer to WieWasWie's website.
Using this collection
The registry information may include the following:
The collection is searchable by any of the recorded details. Women (both brides and mothers of each spouse) are always listed by their maiden names.
This collection only contains an index of civil marriages. If you are looking for marriages registered by the church, try searching the Netherlands, Marriage Index, 1524-1972 additional information.
Collection in context
In 1795, civil marriage records (or "Trouwboeken" in Dutch) were first collected in the Netherlands. Dutch law requires citizens to have a civil marriage registration. Often, a religious ceremony also was performed, but it was invalid without a civil registration. Couples choosing to have both types of marriages may have multiple marriage dates.
Before 1935, couples who wished to marry had to publicly declare their intent. This was often done in the bride's hometown, the groom's hometown,or an area in which either previously lived.
Hoitink, Yvette. "Civil Registration." Dutch Genealogy. Last Modified April 19, 2005, https://www.dutchgenealogy.nl/civil-registration/.
Hoitink, Yvette. "Marriage Record." Dutch Genealogy. Last Modified April 25, 2005, https://www.dutchgenealogy.nl/marriage-record/.