The province itself, of which the north western area once was part of the ancient, larger region of Frisia, has 646,000 inhabitants (2010).
Records after 1811
Birth records (1811-1902), Marriage records (1811-1922), and Death records (1811-1942) are available at Tresoar
Records before 1811
Birth records, Marriage records, and Death records before 1811 are available at Tresoar
Family Names Register of 1811
In 1811, families were required to choose a surname. Prior to this, families generally used the system of patronymics. http://www.ristenbatt.com/genealogy/dutch_sn.htm and http://home.earthlink.net/~gverver/dnc.htm offer detailed explanations of this naming practice.
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