Friesland or Frisia is a province in the northwest of the Netherlands. It is situated west of Groningen, northwest of Drenthe and Overijssel, north of Flevoland, northeast of North Holland, and south of the North Sea. In 2010, the province had a population of 646,000 and a total area of .
The capital and seat of the provincial government is the city of Leeuwarden, a city with 91,817 inhabitants. Since 2009, John Jorritsma is the King's Commissioner in the province. A coalition of the Labour Party, the Christian Democratic Appeal, and the Frisian National Party forms the executive branch. The province is divided into 24 municipalities.
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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