FAQ : Frequently Asked Questions

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1.   Search tips

2.  "Helaas is er niets gevonden" appears. What to do?

3.  Other spellings of names in the search results

4.  The icons of entries

5.  More information about the sources in Zeeuwen Gezocht

6.  Adding new files (updates)

7.  An individual entry is not found

8.  Ordering photocopies

9.  Identifying and reporting errors in the data

10. Printing entries

11. Sources of information found on websites and in publications

12. Consulation of certificates, entries and documents

1. Search tips

The search box consists of a number of search fields. In three search fields a red asterisk (*) is indicated. This means that at least one of these three fields must be used for a query.

Contrary to the note [?] besides the search field 'Prefix' you can not add inserts (van, de, van de, op ?t etc.) in the search field ?Last name?, but only in the search field 'Prefix'.

The search field "All Fields" can be used to refine your query with a second last name or professional title. The search function will automatically add "and" between the keywords in this field. In this field you can also search with a specific date (dd-mm-yyyy).

Maximum numbers of results
The speed of displaying the search results is limited up to 5000 entries to burden the system unnecessarily. If more are found, you offered no filters.
Please try to limit your search results with additional search terms, eg source. See Extended search.

Multiple keywords per field
In the other search fields you can also search for multiple words, but you need to use the word OR between the words. Example in the search field 'Last name': Malipaart OR Maliepaart OR Malipaard and in the search field City: Flushing OR Middelburg.

You can use the following wildcards to one or more letters left open to so convenient to name variants to search. The wildcards you can use are:

* (asterisk) for multiple characters, but then used after the third letter (eg Malip*t can yield: Malipaart, Malipaert, Malipart)

_ (underscore) for one character (eg. Mal_paard produces: Malipaard and Malepard). This wildcard you can use to replace the first letter (eg. _la_ina in the search field 'First name' returns: Klazina, Klasina, Clasina, Clazina, but also Blasina en Blazina).

You can also combine the two wildcards: Mal_p*t returns: Malipaart, Malepaart, Malepart, Malipart.

To search a phrase in a fixed sequence, useful for double surnames (eg Jansen van Rosendaal), then put those words in double quotation marks ("...").

In most cases, in addition to an opportunity to refine search results are presented. Refine by Source, for example, role and place. The results are sorted in default sort. This may be different for each source. In most cases, a different sort will be chosen.

The results are by default sorted by last modification. This means the records which are the most recently added or re-added to the database. You can also choose to sort by last name, first name and date.
The sort option is only available if there are fewer than 5,000 results. To sort on 'Role' and 'Place' you can use the refinement options (on the right side of the search results).

Display your search results
You can watch the search results in two ways: as a list view and detail view. The list view displays up to 20 standard entries. To see the next you must browse for the next pages. To view the details of each entry you must click on the appropriate entry. The detail view shows all data directly. These results can also be browsed.

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Types of sources
Please note that the various acts of civil registration are selected as separate sources. That means that the certificates of recognition in the registers of birth, divorce certificates in the registers of marriage and the excerpts from death certificates of deceased persons elsewhere should be selected as seperate sources. Especially in the latter type of document you should take into account that when a person in another place died than his legal residence, the registrar of the municipality sent an extract of the death certificate to his colleague from the municipality where the deceased officialy lived. He overwrote this extract in the register of deaths.

2. "Helaas is er niets gevonden" appears. What to do?
a. There are too many search arguments. Tip: use only one search and then limit the result to the extent necessary, to give more arguments.
b. There is an early years and / or year-end imported. Hint: Broaden the search result by any date range.
c. There is another filter. Tip: Turn off filter.
d. There is a typing error. Tip: The error recovery.
e. The search word does not occur. Tip: In that case, try a different search word.

It is also possible that the information have not been added to Zeeuwen Gezocht. Verify that the if required view of the page.

c. The document you were looking for is not yet public. Back in time marriage certificates are considered public from 1935, birth certificates from 1910, death certificates from 1960.
d. The requested person does not come from Zeeland.
e. The name of the place is not correct.

3. Other spellings of names in the search results
It is possible to show multiple spellings of a first name and/or last name with a query in the search results. Next to the search field "Last name" and next to the search field "First name" is a button which you can turn this option on (green V-small) or off (red cross).

The synonym lists of names and surnames are the result of 10 years Zeeuwen Gezocht. Suggestions? Please give us feedback.

4. The icons of entries

In MAIS-internet icons are used for individual entries.

persoon The default icon for individual entries
geboorteakteCertificates of birth and recognition civil registration
huwelijksakteCertificates of marriage of the civil registration and marriage registrations by churches before 1800.
scheidingsakteCertificates of divorce civil registration
overlijdensakteCertificates of death and extract of certificates of death civil registration
begraafakteBury registration
fotoPicture of a person named in the image bank

5. More information about the sources in Zeeuwen Gezocht
The Source page provides information about the available resources in Zeeuwen Gezocht. There is also background information available. On the page Tools there are links to other websites with information about people with links and websites with information relevant to your research, including a map showing all the former municipalities in Zeeland over the period 1816-1970. On this map you can see where municipalities were located.

6. Adding new files (updates)
With the old website Zeeuwen Gezocht with ISIS at least twice a year new data was added to the database (updates). With the new site (as of October 27, 2011) we can easily add new files and refresh mutated files. The last uploaded files are always just below the search window and there is even a sort option "last modification". Through Zeeuwen Gezocht we can inform you about newly added files. Through setting up an RSS feed or entering your email address (top right) you will be informed immediately when a new post on the blog is posted (in Dutch). Another option to keep informed is to follow Gezocht Zeeuwen on Twitter. On the page New page on this website we keep track of new files added.

7. An individual entry is not found
Not all files in the database of the previous website Zeeuwen Gezocht are available in the new website. This will happen the coming time. Therefore it is possible that a person can not be found. There is a pagge of not converted files which we will add. The size of these files is generally small, except for the file Middelburg Population 1900-1937 (94,000 name entries). This file was in its present form unsuitable to be added to the database MAIS-Flexis.

8. Ordering photocopies
It is still not possible to order photocopies. This will soon be realized.

9. Identifying and reporting errors in the data

Using Feedback please inform us any inaccurate information you have found. Importing data from various genealogical sources is a human work. It is possible that reading and input errors occur. You should keep in mind that even by the officials of the civil registry mistakes are made, or that the informants did not have the right information. All reports are collected and checked. Corrections are added regularly, but in practice they go over a few months because this work is rather labor-intensive.

10. Printing entries
In the previous version of Zeeuwen Gezocht there was the ability to print an entry. Unfortunately, this option on the new site is yet not possible. We're working on it.

Entries can be printed using the print option from your browser (the program you see websites).

11. Sources of information found on websites and in publications
Zeeuwen Gezocht contains a wealth of sources. It is important that you process the information you find in publications and on websites well. We recommend that you do not mention the name of the website links, but the name of the specific source of reference to the found data originates. In the detail screen is displayed listing the top of the source indicated. The statement itself is often the name of the archive or collection from which the data obtained are listed. These notices must take over. There you can add: Zeeuws Archief, Zeeuwen Gezocht website.

12. Consultation of documents and entries
For the original records and entries should go to the Zeeuws Archief. However, you can - fee - copies (printed on paper) order. As the acts of civil status is concerned, we add the next few years the scans to the data. These scans are paid to download. On Zeeuwen Gezocht Blog, we keep you informed about the progress of this project.

[last updated: December 6, 2011]



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