Meertens Instituut in the Netherlands is an archive and research institute for the study of Dutch language and culture. They have digitized material, including thousands of hours of audio material, as well as a surname mapping tool. The databases at Meertens do not contain genealogical records, but instead map the occurrence of different types of records throughout the country. 






Birth Marriage and Death records #OnGenealogy

Netherlands Birth, Marriage, & Death Records



  • Estate Inventory Database – An estate inventory or probate inventory is an official document in which the possessions of a person or household are described. For more information, see the Estate Inventory Database.









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Netherlands Residence Records











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Netherlands Daily Life Records



Names & Surnames

  • Dutch First Name Database – The Dutch First Name Database enables you to search a file containing some 20.000 first names including explanations of the names and all sorts of other information on names.
  • Database of Surnames –  The Database of Surnames is a source of information for anyone interested in the origin, meaning and distribution of family names. More than 320,000 family names are included in the Dutch Family Name Bank. These names show the number of name carriers according to the Municipal Personal Records Database of 2007 and the 1947 census shown in distribution maps.
  • Names and Onomastics in the Netherlands and elsewhere (NNN) – Names and Onomastics in the Netherlands is an onomastic documentation system in which you can find information on names and onomastic subjects.

Netherlands surname mapping tool at Meertens listed at OnGenealogy



  • Morphological Atlas of the Dutch Dialects (MAND) – In the database of the MAND, you can search on transcriptions, word categories, word stems and places in the Netherlands.
  • Dutch Dialect Database – Hundreds of hours of sound fragments have been made accessible in the Dutch Dialect Database. On this speaking map authentic conversations between dialect speakers from all over the Netherlands can be heard.
  • Lexical Database of Dutch Dialects – The Lexical Database of Dutch Dialects gives access to a growing number of old and modern Dutch dialect dictionaries. A standard Dutch entrance links all separate dictionaries into one huge network. 
  • Database of Dutch words borrowed by other languages – The Dutch language has borrowed all kinds of words from other languages, but other languages have borrowed Dutch words as well. These are made available in the Database of Dutch words borrowed by other languages, which contains more than 18.000 entries. 
  • Etymology Database – In the Etymology Database all relevant etymological publications of Dutch are presented in chronologic order.
  • Dynamic Syntactic Atlas of the Dutch Dialects (DynaSAND) – The DynaSand is an online tool for dialect syntax research. DynaSAND consists of a database, a search engine, a cartographic component and a bibliography.





Ethnological Keyword Database (VTB) – In the Ethnological Keyword Database all ethnological books en articles from the library of the Meertens Institute can be found with the help of keywords.




Folktale & Culture

  • Dutch Folktale Database – The Dutch Folktale Database enables you to search for historical and contemporary fairy tales, legends, saints’ lives, jokes, riddles and urban legends.
  • Dutch Folksong Database – The Dutch Folksong Database was launched on 22nd June 2007. This database gives access to more than 125.000 songs, from the Middle Ages to the modern times.
  • The new Winkler – In 1874 J.H. Winkler registered a large number of translations of the Parable of the Prodigal Son in Dutch and Frisian dialects. In 1996 this exercise was repeated by dr. Harrie Scholtmeijer, who at that time worked at the Meertens Institute, and resulted in 82 new dialect translations. 




Religion & Church

  • Database Patron Saints – The Database Patron Saints entails data about the worship of a number of patron saints in The Netherlands and Flanders.




  • Database Old Dutch Sizes and Weights – The Database Old Dutch Sizes and Weights entails historic metrological data from the end of the 18th century and beginning of the 19th century.



  • Diachronic corpora – Various researchers are developing and enriching their own corpus for diachronic research. The Meertens Institute makes these corpora available for scientific research with permission of the owners.
  • Plant Names in Dutch Dialects (PLAND) – The database called PLAND of the Meertens Institute contains the popular names of plants in the Dutch language area. 
  • Vragenlijstenbank – Questionnaire Bank – The Questionnaire Bank contains all questionnaires and questions about dialect use, folklore and names that were sent to informants by the Meertens Institute between 1931 and 2005, to gain insight into the variation in language and culture within the Dutch language area.



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