Original cadastral map
The initial Cadastral Register of 1842 forms the base of the Aezel.eu website. All the details and specific elaborate chart material has been made interactive and is coupled to present day maps. The accompanying registers are being entered where possible to the present day.
By zooming in on the map, you will notice that not all the minute plans are visible as yet. We are working hard to realise this. However Aezel.eu data-entry groups are not yet operative in all municipalities. Approximately half of Limburg is now cooperating in the Aezel.eu project. Many of the minute plans are available digitally and have been Geo-referenced (made interactive), but these have to be double checked and linked. Quite a lot of work still has to be done and who knows? Perhaps you are interested to help us?
At a more detailed level, with the help of the so called assist maps, the entire history of plots and premises can be charted. With only a few mouse clicks it is revealed who owned which plot from 1842 to 1970. Many scans of the original sources have been included.
Searching is quite simple. It is possible to either enter only a minimal number of fields or opt for a more specific search query via the generic search window. By selecting less options the number of hits will increase. Only the first 50 hits shall be shown. On the map this is visualised by an orange box around the corresponding entries listed. By selecting ‘Search” it is possible to keep returning to the outcome of your list of the first 50 corresponding hits. To prevent skipping back to the entire Limburg map, a marker will show up in the specific area, until you press search again.
By selecting ‘Name’, ‘first names’, ‘Profession’ and ‘Residence’ we are looking at the original references of owners as listed in the Cadastre. They could be the inhabitants, although this is not always the case.
If you would like to find out who owned property in Sittard when in fact being a resident of Maastricht, then enter Sittard at ‘Municipality’ and enter Maastricht at ‘Residence’.
Please be aware of the fact that the names have been taken from their original sources. The spelling may differ from the current writing or may contain errors. By using a little creative spelling or by using the wildcard system (see search window*) could help you find the desired results.
- By using the wild card system when using the Search function it is possible to locate land, plots and or premises owned by for example the Church or Council. Type for example ‘Kath*’ (Dutch for the abbreviation of Catholic), ‘Prot*’ for Protestant or ‘Ref*” (for Reformed Protestants) and this will result in substantially more hits than by entering the complete word, as this is most often spelled differently throughout the last few decades. For example Katholijk instead of Katholiek. The “’Sounds like”’ function within AEZEL tackles these phonetic discrepancies within its system. This also applies for finding names which sound similar such as Jansen, Janssen, Jansse etc. or place names which spelling has been altered such as Venloo to Venlo. Applying the shortcut of entering the first few characters plus an asterisk (*) will enable you to find most names.
If you are looking for an organisation (Church, parish or Council etc.) who is the owner of certain property, land or premises, in a the certified period, fill the complete name in the input field ‘name’ and/ or use the wildcards. For example if you are looking for civil property in Roermond fill in the place name at Municipality for a maximum of hits. And for Maastricht you can find all its assets under the entry stad* under the search option ‘name’.
Under ’Type’ In the search index you can also include specific features such as mill, oven, field ,ect. Also other types of descriptions from the original sources can be selected. For example house, barn, chapel or cemetery. Please be aware of the fact that if you are looking for oven this could also be entered as ‘bakhuis’,( oven in English) or even more difficult under ‘building’ The original entry in the Cadastre is leading. Seek and thou shall’t find is the main motto here. A tip is to look for bak* ?
Toponyms are place references, be aware of this when using wild card entries. De Boschstraat can be found in the list of 6 selected items in Houthem (now spelled Bosstraat) but not in Maastricht. Because originally the name here was written as S Hertogen Bosch straat or Bosch straat. So by searching for Bosch you will see a greater number of hits. The result list will show the results in order of place name. On the map you will see the first pages of those hits marked by an orange box. When searching for the Boschstraat in Maastricht this should be part of the selection Maastricht (several pages).
Should you encounter an error, please report this by using the yellow button in the top right corner. Do check the FAQ section first to see if there is an explanation for your remark.
Once you have selected a hit a new window will open showing the details of the selected property or premises.
Should you wish to return to the list, please re-select ‘Search’, here you will find your selection of previous hits. These can then be altered or deleted.
At the bottom of the property menu you will see a small image of the original source (Minute map and or PKL) on which the entry is based. By clicking source a new window will open under the tab Heritage. It is possible to download the scan by pressing the button on the left.
If you open up Minute plans via the topic “Discover’ with the theme ‘Geography in the main menu you will see the map of Limburg divided up into the Municipalities (‘’Gemeenten’’ as listed in 1842 ) By scrolling with a mouse or by using the button in the left hand corner it is easy to zoom in or out. You can zoom in onto your current location by using ‘Find my location’ in the top left hand corner.
Once the Minute plans have been entered into the system, these will have been colour coded. This proces has not yet been completed for all the municipalities involved, however, in most cases they are all prepared and have been geo-referenced (given the correct coordinates) and once checked the system will be updated.
The colour intensity or translucency can be adjusted by using the on screen slider in ‘Opacity’ slider’. This function makes the background layers more or less visible.
The standard setting for ‘Background layer’ is the topographic map. By selecting the drop down menu this can be changed to, for example: a current satellite image, relief map or satellite imagery of the drought period in 2018. By using the on screen slider in ‘Opacity’ slider’ the background layers can be made more or less visible.
The background layers can have a surprising effect and can reveal the past in one instant. A must have function in case of the Omgevingswet ( Dutch Environment and Planning Legislation).
- Fortification: open Geography in the main menu and select the button ‘Original Cadastral Map’. Type Stevenweert in the search window under Municipality “ On the screen you will see the fortification. By selecting ‘Options” it is possible to switch between various backgrounds. By moving the Opacity fader or sllde to the left or right you can clearly see how the situations has changed from 1842 to the present.
- An old castle: ”Open up ‘Original Cadastral Map’ under Geography and enter ‘Grasbroek’ under Toponnyms in the search window. On the map you will now see the location Limbricht-Born and the Kasteel (Castle) Grasbroek dating back to the 16th Century. By changing the background layer to relief map the historic remains of the old Motte and bailey defences in plot C24 en C12, man-made fortifications. From the Middle Ages. In various places in Limburg remains can be seen in the relief map or drought map of Motte-and-baileys or burial grounds.
- Two mazes: Enter “Dolgaard’ (maze) under Toponym in the search window in the section ‘Original Cadastral Map”. This brings you to the right of the location Kasteel Arcen. Again it is possible to adjust the Opacity slide to reveal the background layer. By selecting ‘relief map’, not one maze but two mazes appear. These have been long gone but can be revealed by the satellite image. The name dolgaard in Dutch, says it all – A-maze-ing!
War History: Type ‘Venlo’ in the search window under ‘Municipality’ and select Cadastre number E45. (Plot number). You are now on the heath By using the Opacity fader and choosing ‘relief map’ a pattern of circles in the earth becomes visible. The are the grenade attack impacts on the landscape dating back to World War II aimed at the “Fliegerhorst” Venlo-Herongen. Bomb craters can be found in other parts of Limburg, especially in the woods, as well as the remains of the battlefield trenches and are clearly visible on the relief map and/ or drought map 2018.
Under ‘Options’ the various elements listed in the index on the left hand side can be made visible or invisible. It is also possible to switch between the outline of the municipality borders before and after municipal mergers (Herindeling).
Under "Show popup with properties" you can choose between a number of options. Namely ‘show after click’, ‘show after hover’or ‘do not show’. By selecting the first two options, either by clicking on a specific place or by placing the mouse pointer, the properties of this plot, land or premises, will become visible. Mind, this only works if you are zoomed in far enough.
- * and ? can be used as wildcards (Starts with: search term*, Ends with: *search term, Contains:*search term*)