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DTB-registers DTB is the Dutch abbreviation for Dopen (Baptize), Trouwen (Marriage) and Begraven (Deceased). Since 1811 every Birth, marriage and dead is registrated in the city. Before 1811 the registration of Birth, marriage or death were done by the churches. Therefore it is important to know if your ancestors were religious.

Civil registry The civil registry was introduced by Napoleon in 1811. Every Birth, marriage or death is registrated by the government in separate registers. The government is always the municipality where the activity has taken place.
The deed consists of number of mandatory data and numbered in order of creation.  Every year the numbering is reset and at the end of the year an index is created.  Year indexes are combined to collections and most common are the 10-year collections. For example: 1811, 1812, 1813-1822; 1823-1832; 1833-1842 ect.

The date of a deed number is the registration date and not the date of birth or marriage. The actual date of birth or marriage is written within the deed. The registration date is most of the time 1,2 or 4 day later then the event, but sometimes also earlier. The deeds of marriages are only indexed by names of men.

Civil lay notary Notarial archives older then 75 years old are open for public. The archive of a notary consists of deeds written by him/her. Most common deeds are:
* will (testament)
* transfers of properties (real-estate)
* marriage settlement (antenuptial contract)
* partition of the joint / community property
These deeds could contain valuable information for Genealogy