FAQ


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  1. I want to log in and I can't.
    Only persons with an authorization (eg to edit the website) can log in. You do not need to log in to consult data and download scans
  2. I see an error or have a comment about the data in AEZEL. How can I pass this information on?
    On each page there is a yellow button 'Report' placed in the top right corner. This button takes you to a notification form and you can post your comment. The visible data is automatically sent.
    Do check the questions and answers below and the scan of the original source (if it is available), because the data will be literally be copied from the source presented.
  3. I can't find a 1931 birth certificate. What can I do?
    Archives are in general only made public after twenty years, but there are a few exceptions. Mostly privacy issues are at stake. For example, notary records are only made public after about 75 years. Registers in which births, marriages and deaths are recorded sometimes have even stricter disclosure rules. For example, certificates of birth are only published after 100 years, registers of marriages after 75 years and registers of deaths after 50 years. The church records generally follow the legal rules or legislation.
  4. Why is the name of the same person presented in various spelling options in AEZEL?
    That is quite possible. AEZEL relies on the data presented in the original deeds and registers. The official or priest, or registrar, was usually a different person for each different (life) event. Often those involved could not write. The name is recorded by ear and can therefore differ (Keizer, Keiser, Keijzer, Keijser, Keijzers, Keijzers). And if millions of data entries were to be transcribed or copied, even a slight misprint could slip into the system, making it untraceable. Despite checks, because documents, for example, were difficult to read. However, our overall error rate is absolute minimal.
    To solve this problem, we've built in a "sounds like" feature so that the person you're looking for can still be traced. After all, that's what it's all about. Via this 'sounds like' function you will also find Johan, Johannes and Joannes with the first name Jan or Kuipers with the last name Cuijpers.
    We also recommend to use the wildcard function when searching (see search screen): Starts with: search term *, Ends with: * search term, Contains: * search term *) this will yield more hits.
    A similar 'sounds like' function is being developed for toponyms and professions, where there are often different spellings and designations for the same concept.
  5. Why are the minute plans not visible in all municipalities?
    We are working hard to realize this. The registers, in particular the Initial Cadastre Register (OAT-Oorspronkelijke Aanwijsbare Tafel in Dutch ) are almost all ready but not yet linked, because the map material is not yet ready. Many minute plans have been prepared but are not yet visible and have yet to be checked. So all in all a lot of work! (And who knows, perhaps you would like to help?). AEZEL groups are not yet active in all municipalities. About half of Limburg cooperated with AEZEL. Especially in South-East Limburg there are still blank spots. See under Participation.
  6. Are all scans already included in AEZEL?
    No, not yet, but we are working hard on that. A large part of the scans can still be found at www.allelimburgers.nl. The datasets have been transferred. This will also be done for the scans within a few months, after which alle Limburgers can be removed from the air. 
    We have also started the 'archive brigade project', a collaboration between the LGGI and the archives, which aims to scan the missing church registers (and eventually the civil status registers) and link them to datasets already entered.

  7. How can I register as a volunteer?
    To register as a volunteer, please contact the contact person in your area. He or she knows whether an AEZEL group is active in your region or can refer you to the central AEZEL organization. For a number of specialized vacancies we are recruiting separately. For these please contact Corry de Koster.

  8. Do I have to be a member of an association to be a volunteer?
    No that is not necessary. See under Participation.
  9. What knowledge is required to be able to work as a volunteer at AEZEL?
    No specific knowledge is required, except for some specific vacancies. See under Participation.
  10. I have a project or collection of interest and I want to know if I can join AEZEL, What are the conditions?
    Please contact the contact person of your region and present him / her your project. He / she can provide further information and forward your questions. There is the possibility to start your own project (after consultation), provided this fits in with the overall objective of AEZEL. One of the conditions is in any case that a project must produce applicable formats for other comparable projects and that you share your data via AEZEL.
  11. If I participate with my collection and data, who will own it?
    You remain the owner of the data you share. You just share it with others, so that your data provides context to and gets more status through links to other collections. The result is a win / win situation.