Circumcisions and Births in Amsterdam 1697-1811

An indispensable source for Jewish genealogy.

The circumcision booklets of Amsterdam were written in Hebrew, and are generally of good reading quality.

The number of remaining booklets is very low. About 100 booklets could be retrieved and they form part of the collection of Death, Marriage and Burial indexes at the Municipal Archive of Amsterdam (Stadsarchief Amsterdam).

Since no birth records are known to be kept by the Jewish community before 1785, the circumcision booklets are the only proof of the birth of Jewish boys in Amsterdam up to that year. In 1785, the city government ordered the births of children to be registered.

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  • Author: Jits van Straten
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  • Tags: Jews, Jewish history, Jewish genealogy, circumcisions, births, Amsterdam, Stadsarchief