Dutch Genealogy More Private

by Bradley Jansen June 5th, 2016 9:52 am

There is an interesting article on Dutch genealogy circulating on Facebook that caught my attention.  In particular, there is a point of how the Dutch genealogists are more respectful of privacy.  "Differences between Genealogy in the Netherlands and the US" by Yvette Hoitink offers some good insight into genealogy in the Netherlands which includes this section:

10: Privacy

Dutch society puts a much higher value on privacy than American society. In the Netherlands, privacy laws restrict access to records of people who were born less than 100 years ago. This makes it difficult to trace living cousins. As a professional genealogist in the Netherlands, you need a private investigator license to research living people; one of the reasons I do not offer this service. In the US, much more information is part of public records, and available to anyone.

The full article can be read here:


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