Netherlands, Limburg Parish Register Transcripts - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Foreign Language Title[edit | edit source]

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Collection Time Period
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The transcripts collection of parish registers from the Limburg Province covers the years 1600 to 1822.

Known Issues[edit | edit source]

All Towns/Municpalities records have four sections: Baptisms, Deaths, Marriage (Bride), and Marriage (Bridegroom). It appears that there are no “Death” records for the Town/Municipality of Baarlo. However, the deaths section and all of the images are there. They are at the end of the Marriages (Bride) section, starting with image 77.  So to find deaths in the town of Baarlo, go to the Marriages (Bride) section then enter “77” in the image number box. That will take you to the beginning of the deaths section.

Record Description
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Most of the transcripts are arranged in alphabetical order and have been transcribed from parish registers. The alphabetizing rules used for names such as 'van BEUGEN' will be listed under B for Beugen. The transcript records start with a title page describing the place, church name, type of record, and dates that follows, and then comes the lists of names in alphabetical order. Some names may not have been transcribed exactly as in the original; so you may want to check the originals. The information is typewritten in the form of a spreadsheet.

Netherlands Limburg Catholic Church Parish Register Transcripts Death.jpg

Record Content
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The key genealogical facts found in most parish records transcripts include:

Netherlands Limburg Catholic Church Parish Register Transcripts Christening.jpg
  • Surnames and given names of principal
  • Names of parents
    Netherlands Limburg Catholic Church Parish Register Transcripts Marriage.jpg
  • Names of witnesses
  • Date of the event

How to Use the Records[edit | edit source]

Church records are crucial for family history research prior to 1811 when civil registration was implemented. By using the family surnames and parent’s names, you can compile family groups. Witnesses may be extended family members. In order to use these church parish transcripts you must know at least your ancestor’s surname and the place where he/she lived.

Record History
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Some of the records were destroyed in wars and fires. As a result, government officials began collecting copies of some of the church records in the 1700s. Duplicate records were maintained by the parish priests prior to 1796. An abstract or transcription of most of these duplicates is housed in state archives. Some of these registers were also collected at the Diocesan Archive. In 1929 the government ordered that all pre-1811 records be sent to the state archives and most parishes complied with this new rule. Those registers deposited at the regional and municipal archives have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library for research. Use the transcripts, where available, to supplement the original parish registers that are missing or illegible. Be aware that transcripts often differ slightly from the originals. The parish register transcripts include various towns in the Limburg Province, Netherlands.

Why This Record Was Created [edit | edit source]

Copies or duplicates of the parish records were used as Civil Registers.

Record Reliability
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The parish register transcripts in the Netherlands are an excellent source for accurate information on names as well as dates and places of birth, marriages, and deaths. After 1811, it is also recommended to research the civil registration to verify and complement information. Between 1588 and 1795 the Dutch Reform Church was the state church, so it is also recommended to research those registers for those years.

Related Web Sites[edit | edit source]

There is also a site call Genlias which is a compilation of indexed civil records from the Netherlands, including some from Dutch colonies, mostly dating from 1811 until the mid-1900s. It can be found at It is in Dutch, but with an option to view and search in English. While it is not complete as yet, it is extensive, with records still being added. Images for many of the indexed records on Genlias can be found in the collections on 

Related Wiki Articles[edit | edit source]

Netherlands Church Records
Netherlands Church History

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Sources of Information for This Collection:[edit | edit source]

"Netherlands, Limburg Parish Transcripts, 1600-1822", database, FamilySearch Record Search (; from the General Archive in Maastricht (Rijksarchief te Maastricht), Netherlands.

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Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection[edit | edit source]

  • United States. Bureau of Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet ( Setpemper 29.2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B,line 71.
  • Mexico, Districto Federal, Catholic Church Records 1886-1933, digital imagbes, from FamilySearch Internet ( April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Femandez Jimenez, 1 Feb, 1910, San Pedro Apostol, Cuahimalpa, Districto Federal, Mexico Film number 0227023