The following is an extract from an article in the MyHeritage Blog:
We have just added over 5 million Dutch records to MyHeritage SuperSearch™, including Birth, Marriage and Death records from the Rotterdam City Archives. Hailing from the Dutch province of South Holland, this collection represents an extremely valuable part of Rotterdam heritage from the early 19th century and on.
Rotterdam in 1888 (Image Credit: Wikipedia)
The three collections included are:
- Rotterdam, Netherlands, Death Index, 1811-1960 – Records typically include names, death dates, death places, spouse’s names, parents’ names, marital status, and birthplaces.
- Rotterdam, Netherlands, Birth Index, 1811-1913 – Records typically include child’s name, parents’ names, and child’s birth date and place.
- Rotterdam, Netherlands, Marriage Index, 1811-1935 – Records typically include names, ages, birthplaces, and parents of bride and groom, and marriage date and place.
The new records cover an interesting time period in the history of Rotterdam. The second half of the 19th century was a time of great change in the city as it grew and developed into the large city it is today.
A major factor for its rapid growth was the opening of the Nieuwe Waterweg or New Waterway. Built between 1866 and 1872, it connected Rotterdam port with the sea, making the city accessible to seafaring vessels.
The growth had a network effect on the city; once rapid growth began, many more ports were built, and the job market expanded tremendously. Workers came from all over the world to work and live in Rotterdam.
You can read the full article at http://goo.gl/RCnt7f.