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History and Timeline of the Netherlands

Understanding the historical context of our ancestors' lives help us learn about and locate our ancestors. Those with Dutch ancestry will want to visit the historical timelines of the Netherlands, recently published by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The timelines are divided into the following groups:

  • Formating of the Netherlands: 50 BC-1588
  • The Dutch Republic at War: 1568-1813
  • The Golden Age: 1600-1700
  • The Kingdom of the Netherlands: 1813-1914
  • World wars and post-war reconstruction: 1914-1966
  • The Dutch struggle against the waters: 1953
  • The last decades of the 20th century: 1967-2000
  • The start of the 21st century

View the timelines here. They are viewable in Dutch, German, English, Spanish, and French.

Thanks to Evert van Dijken for pointing us to this great resource. Evert is a member of the Legacy Dutch Translation Team.

Legacy's Historical Timelines

Legacy comes with a variety of historical timelines that can be inserted/combined with an ancestor's timeline. Read about this here.

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