Translated title of the publicationFriesland and the Dutch Introdution of House Numbering (1806) : Keys to obtain, localize and integrate historical inhabitant data
Shortly after the 1806 foundation of the Kingdom of Holland, a system of house numbering was implemented nationwide. For the so-called ‘verponding’, a real estate tax, all cities and villages were divided into neighbourhoods distinguished by letters, in which all houses and buildings were numbered in continuous order, with no regards to streets or the use of the odd/even principle. This system forms a barrier in historical house research because it makes localization of buildings difficult. Using the Frisian region as a case, this article concerns the legal introduction and practical implementation of the oldest nationwide system of house numbering. Increased knowledge on this subject will expand possibilities for demographic and socio-economic research, because the 1806 house numbers became one of the central elements of government administration in the first half of the nineteenth century. By connecting the house numbers with the parcel numbers of the 1832 cadastre, historical data from censuses, civil, and electoral registers, etc. can be localized accurately. When presented in a historical geographic information system (GIS) the house will be the central unit to which all historical data with a geographical component can be linked. Connections with early modern administrations can be established too. This will open up possibilities to make cultural, spatial and temporal connections between the data.
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)39-60
JournalDe Vrije Fries
StatePublished - 16 Dec 2016

    Research areas

  • house numbering, historical gis, inhabitant data, fiscal sources, Friesland

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