Personal index card

Index cards used for registering each person residing in the Netherlands at the register of births, deaths and marriages.

As of 1 January 1940 personal index cards had to be filed at one of the registers of births, deaths and marriages for all persons residing in the Netherlands, including those who were not Dutch citizens. The personal index cards were officially called ’personal family index cards‘, because the index card for the head of the household (generally the man) listed the children as well. Unlike the previous system of family index cards, however, children were issued individual cards as well.
Personal index cards were compiled at birth or upon arrival in the Netherlands. These cards followed the holders throughout their lives, at least while they lived in the Netherlands. Personal index cards are kept at the different communities, municipal archives and the Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie.

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