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Showing posts with label Netherlands. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Netherlands. Show all posts

03 April 2013

Netherlands, Marriages, 1565-1892

In posts over the last few months, I have discussed various collections of births, deaths and burials from the Netherlands. These are located at Now, it has been brought to my attention that I have not also mention that a database of marriagess for the period 1565-1892 is also available.
That database which now has over 560,000 records is name search able, and provides great information for each marriage. The record below is the marriage of Benjamin Abraham Cohen and his wife Hanna Marcus Dwingersma.

This collection can be of great help in linking families together. It can be searched at Netherlands, Marriages, 1565 -1892. As always, Familysearch can be searched free of charge.

01 March 2013

Netherlands Deaths and Burials, 1668-1945

 Some of the Deaths and Burials for the Netherlands have now been added to the Historical Collections at  The collection, which is name search able, includes over 200,000 records for the period of 1668-1945.

The information provided in the record can be very helpful in locating your family members. The original source film numbers are also included. Below is the death of Sara Levi.

The entire collection can be found at the following link  Netherlands Deaths and Burials 1668-1945.

20 November 2012

Knowles Collection -Jews of Europe updated

The growth that continues to take place has made it possible to update the Knowles Collection - Jews of Europe database. The database was last updated in August of 2012 to include the records of 82,800 people. Today's update increases that number by 60%.  The number of people who are now  included in the records is over 134,700.
The majority of the growth comes from two major sources;
  1. The 1869 Hungarian Census. This database is now about 70% loaded into the collection. This collection is possible because of the wonderful work of Marelynn Zipser, who has spent years extracting this information. My thanks to her for making this accessible for everyone.
  2. Headstones from Cemetire- du Pere-Lachaise, Paris, France. This information was gathered in August of 2012, by myself as I was in Paris speaking at the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) conference.
In addition to the sources above, the database has also benefited from the family histories that people have continued to add. I am most grateful to all of those who have shared the records of their families
with me, as so many are now able to document their own families.

09 January 2012

Netherlands Births and Baptisms, 1564-1910 part 2

A little update about the previous post is in order. The collection of Netherlands Births and Baptisms, for 1564-1910 is actually a collection of various databases. One of those databases is the Netherlands, Gelderland Province Civil Registration, 1811-1950, which includes the records of the Glucksteins.
This collection has the images of the records. The records will need to be translated, but they are still a great tool for anyone doing their family history work. The record below is for Joseph Gluckstein, mentioned in the previous post.

A special thanks to Taco Goulooze for this information. Its nice to have people looking out for me. The above database can be found at

Netherlands Births and Baptisms, 1564-1910

I have written at various times in this blog about the Gluckstein family, who were cigar makers who left the Netherlands and made their way to London where members of the family established the J. Lyons and Co.. A truly remarkable family, whose members continue to leave an incredible legacy all over the world.
Because of the many records that include the family members, there are over 150 Glucksteins listed in the Knowles Collection- Jews of the British Isles, as well as many other related families. However, finding the family in the records of the Netherlands has not always been as fruitful a search. Now, its possible to find some of those Dutch families with the help of
In the Historical Records Collections section of, the following collection can be found.

A search of the database found the records of five children of Lehman Gluckstein and his wife Helena Horn. They are Joseph, Alexander, Salomon, Harry and Bertha. Although the images of the original documents are not shown, the information, such as for Joseph below, gives the FHL Film Number where the documents can be found.

While the record is not complete for the entire country, in fact this couple had at least one more of their eleven children born in the Netherlands, it is a great way to jump family back to the Netherlands, and to fill in those missing family members. Since www.familysearch is a free database, what can be lost for trying?

15 November 2010

Dutch influence within the Jewish communities of the Caribbean

The history of the Dutch influence in the Caribbean begins far before the largest groups of settlers arrived. Because of the strength of their naval fleet in the late 1500's, the Netherlands became a major force in global commerce throughout South America and the Caribbean as early as middle of the 1600's. Through the Dutch East and West India Companies, the Dutch extended their territories wherever they could.

Another reason for their ability to become a strong player in extending their markets was the fact that because of the war with Spain, many money people, such as bankers and traders, had moved their businesses from Antwerp to Dutch cities, such as Amsterdam and Leiden. Having such great access to capital markets enabled the Dutch to move ahead with expansion.

In the 1590's the first two ships sailed out of Amsterdam headed for the spice markets of Maluku. Both ships returned having made large profits for their owners. The success of these voyage led to the establishing of businesses to further trade through Africa, South America and the Caribbean. All of this expansion put the Dutch in direct competition with other countries, which led to all countries invading possessions of each other, trying to keep control of their interests. Many of the Caribbean locations changed hands numerous times because of this.

Generally, the Dutch were very good to the Jews who settled throughout the Caribbean, they gave them freedoms and because of this the Jews were successful.
In Suriname, where the first Jews arrived in the late 1530's, they were allowed to own their own plantations, in fact by the mid 1700's they owned one fourth of the plantations. Where once it flourished, today the population of Suriname is small, perhaps only a few hundred.

Another Dutch controlled island, Curacao, was totally accepting of the Jews as well. The Jews began arriving in the 1650's, many coming from Brazil. The Jews were so well accepted that they were the only foreigners who didn't have to leave the city at night. By the 1800's, the island was home to the largest Jewish community in all the Americas. In Curacao, the Jews became successful businessmen and because of their language skills they were in demand as interpreters, which made Curacao a major port of commerce for both Europe and the Americas. Not all communities became established as Suriname or Curacao. Places such as Aruba or St. Maarten never became as big a player in the commerce. They however did have their own communities.

The influence the Dutch had did not stop with the Caribbean, it reached far greater than that. The Jews of Curacao and the other Caribbean Islands, were amongst the first Jews into North America. A search of the early records of places such as Newport, Charleston, New Orleans and almost all pre-1850's communities, will show how these Jews helped settle the early North American communities.
In earlier posts on this blog, I have discussed 2 resources available to researchers that would be most helpful in researching Dutch Jews in the Caribbean. On 20 Oct 2010, I wrote about AKEVOTH- The Dutch Jewish Genealogical Data Base (, which is home to the records of the Jews of Holland. Many of the early Caribbean families will be listed there. Also, on that same date I wrote of the website which house the photos of Jono David. He is "documenting the Jewish world, one photo at a time". In his collection, he has indeed preserved much of the visual history of these communities. Both of these sites would be very helpful for those searching for Dutch Jews in the Caribbean.

20 October 2010

AKEVOTH - Dutch Jewish Genealogical Data Base

The earliest records compiled into the Knowles Collection were the records of the late Isobel Mordy. As I have written before, her work, which was done before the time of home computers and the Internet was, and is a great source for researchers looking for their Jewish families. Her records were mostly from sources within the British Isles. These records however, did include the families that had immigrated in London. One of the largest of these groups were the Cigar Makers who came from Amsterdam.

Now almost 30 years after her death, the availability of records is one of the wonderful things about doing family history work. One of the best examples of these databases is This site, is dedicated to The Research of the family origins and heritage of Dutch Jewry.
This site is not only a must for those researching in Holland, but also anyone who had family who left there for places such as London or the Caribbean, as the origins of the family may be found in the data base. It is truly one of the most friendly sites for research, those behind it have done a remarkable job. The menu at the right shows just some of the topics that can be researched. It should be searched by anyone with any interest in these records.