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Detailed interactive mapping of migration in The Netherlands in the 20th century


People do not always stay in the place where they were born. The website "Migration in The Netherlands in the 20th century" presents maps that show the dispersion of people during the 20th century at the level of municipalities. The maps show the distances people move from their ancestors, for several generations. This is important to understand the dispersion of, for instance, dialects, family names, traditions and cultural expressions. Per municipality it is shown where the ancestors of the current residents came from, and where descendants of the inhabitants of a century ago were born and where they live nowadays.

There are maps of The Netherlands that show where residents, who were between the ages of 30 and 50 in 2007, of some municipality were born. But also maps that show the place of birth of their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. Reversely, one can start with the persons that were born in a specific municipality between 1880 en 1900, and choose maps that show where their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were born and their place of residence in 2007.

It is not only possible to choose one of the 443 municipalities of The Netherlands as a target area, but also one of 40 regions, 24 dialect areas, or 12 provinces. For each of these target areas, the birthplaces of ancestors or the current residence of decedents are still shown at the municipality level.

To get an impression of whether males and females have different migration patterns, it is also possible to explore dispersion along the matrilineal or patrilineal lines. 


demography, migration, dialectology, The Netherlands, 20th century, 

CLARIN Centre: 
University of Utrecht
Project leader: 
Gerrit Bloothooft

Gerrit Bloothooft and David Onland, Utrecht University
Jan Pieter Kunst, Meertens Institute KNAW
Clarin-NL has supported the project financially.