Civil registration certificates are now linked to other certificates. With LINKS you can build up your family tree in the civil registration period much easier and in shorter time. And it provides you LINKS, that weren't easily to find with manual searches.

Most of the marriage certificates now show you direct links on the right side of the screen. These link you directly to the marriage certificates of the parents of the bride and the parents of the groom and also the marriage certificates of the children of the wedding couple. These links are sorted by date. The quality of the link is indicated with +, ++ or +++, where +++ indicates a link of the highest quality. Most links have this quality.

In the near future also other links will be added. For example the birth certificates or the death certificates.


A nice example is this marriage certificate from 1827, that links you to the marriage certificate of the parents of the groom, where the names of both parents are spelled different. Or this certificate from 1837, that links you to 4 certificates of the children with the names of the parents spelled different.

What is LINKS?

LINKS is a abbreviation for “Linking system for historical family reconstruction”. It aims at reconstructing all nineteenth and early twentieth century families in the Netherlands. LINKS is a cooperation project between the International Institute of Social History and CBG|Netherlands Centre for Family History.

The reconstruction of the Dutch population is based on the civil registration index of WieWasWie. This index contains not only the names of born, deceased and married persons, but also the names of their parents, places of birth, ages and partly their occupational titles. The parents can be linked again to their own certificates, making it possible to create links to all persons. Also the availability of professional titles in this index is extremely important for scientific research.

More information about the origin and the linking proces of LINKS can be found in the following article of Gen.magazine in 2014. However this is in Dutch only.

The project was financed by the Department  of Education, Culture and Science through The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), file nr 640.004.805