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Archives: Research in Leiden, Holland

Leiden Municipal Archives
June 22-23, 2000
Boisotkade 2A, P.O. Box 16113, 2301 GC Leiden
tel. 071.5120191 or 071.5165355
fax 071-5120528
e-mail: gemeentearchief at leiden.nl
web: http://www.leiden.nl/gemeentearchief

The Leiden Municipal Archives house what is often called the Leiden Collection. These include many original birth, marriage, and death records as well as other kinds of data and books. Many of these records have been indexed by personnel at the Archives who wrote the most important information onto index cards and then bound these together into small books. The cards are arranged in alphabetical order. I believe the LDS has microfilmed many, if not all, of these index books. Sometimes, important information can be found in the originals that is not found on the index cards. I have written some notes regarding Bodines from these index cards on another page. Click here to see those.

Listed below are some of the resources I investigated at the Municipal Archives concerning the Bodine (Bodijn, Bodin) surname. I first want to describe the two main churches that these records pertain to.

Pieterskerk / Peter's Church

This church was constructed between 1400 and 1565. It is a massive building that still exists today. It is known to some Americans as the church where the Pilgrims worshipped before coming to America. They arrived in Leiden in 1609. Many of them left on the Mayflower in 1620 to start a new life in America. Besides the Pilgrims, Huguenots also worshipped in the Pieters Church. Some of them may have been Bodines related to those who wound up in America. Or it's possible that even some of the Bodines who ended up in America actually spent some time attending the Pieters Church. That is just speculation, though. Below is a picture of the Pieters Church.

View of Pieters Church in Leiden

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Front | Right side | Pilgrim plaque | Left side | Inside facing front | Inside facing back

Hooglandskerk / Hooglands Church

This is another large Protestant church in Leiden. It is not too far from the Pieters Church. It was originally a wooden chapel, built in 1314. Soon afterwards, it was rebuilt in stone. From 1380 on up, it was enlarged many times, but never finished. Many Huguenots also worshipped in this church and are recorded in the records. Among them are quite a few Bodines. Below is a picture of this church today.

View of Hooglands Church

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Left side | Steeple


City Death Records of Leiden, Holland

These are in several volumes. If I remember correctly, these books are indexes of the originals. I was told that the originals themselves would not contain any other important information. Some of the abbreviations you need to know are these:

HK: This stands for Hooglandskerk or "Hooglandse Church."

PK: This stands for Pieterskerk or "Pieters Church."

PKOB: I think this refers to Pieter Church's "Old Batiment" meaning some kind of walled enclosure around or near the church where a cemetery was located. I believe poorer people were buried there. Richer people were buried in the church itself.

PKNB: This refers to Pieter Church's "New Batiment." I don't think either the new or old batiments exist today.

PKB: I'm not sure what this means, but probably something to do with the Pieter Church.

Bolw: This was one of the places just inside the old city wall where people were buried. It might refer to "bulwark" or "bulwork west."

A grave in the church was about the normal dimensions of a grave on top, but it was usually quite deep and could accommodate many bodies.

In the Death Records, usually, the actual name of the person who died was not given. Instead, it might say "kind van - son of" and would refer to the father or the husband. For instance, in the first entry below, we see that the son of Pieter Bodeijn died on April 12, 1620 and was buried in the Hooglandse Church. This family was living in the Marendorp area of Leiden.

In the column Address are the names of some neighborhoods as they existed in Leiden at that time. They may still have those names today, but I'm not sure. I would imagine that the neighborhood would be somewhere near where they were buried.




Burial Place


Book 3: 1620 to 17-7-1627 (A - Kor)

12 April 1620 Bodeijn, Pieter kind van Marendorp HK  

Book 5: 18-7-1627 to 1635 (AA - Hup)

3 Maart 1628 Bodeyn, kind van Levendaal PK  
19 Aug 1635 Bodeyn, Giljaem kind van b/d Morspoort PK  
16 Oct. 1635 Bodeyn, Jacob kind van Steenschuur PK  
22 Oct 1635 Bodeyn, Jacob vrouw van - PK  
19 Oct. 1635 Bodeyn, Jan Bakkersteeg PK  
14 Juni 1629 Bodijn, Pieter kind van A'damse Veer HK  
31 Maart 1632 Bodeyn, Pieter kind van Botermarkt HK  

Book 8: 1636 to 1644 A - Corn.m

9 Juli 1643 Bodeyn, kind van Marendorp PK  
5 Juli 1640 Bodijn, Abraham de huisvr.v. Marendorp PK  
12 Nov. 1644 Bodein, Abraham kind van Marendorp PK  
24 April 1638 Bodijn, Jacob kind van Marendorp HK  
17 Mei 1641 Bodeyn, Jacob kind van Molensteeg PK  
11 Oct. 1638 Bodeyn, Jan kind van Katal.steeg PK  
16 Juli 1640 Bodeyn, Jan kind van Schoolsteeg PK  
29 Maart 1638 Bodien, Pieter vrouw van Breestraat HK  
6 Mei 1643 Bodeyn, Pieter Marendorp PK  

Book 10: 1645 to 1654 A - Corn.j

17 Oct 1650 Boudijn, Abraham kind van Bouwel.steeg HK  
25 Jan 1648 Bodeijn, Jan vrouw van Vest HK  
4 Maart 1651 Bodijn, Pieter zoon van Haarlemstraat HK  

Book 12: 1655 to 1664 A - I

21 Aug 1655 Budijn, Jan b/d Zijlpoort HK  
29 Aug 1655 Bodeyn, Jan kind van - PKOB  
3 Sept. 1655 Bodeyn, Jan kind van - PKOB  
19-24/11'56 Badin, Nicolaes kind van - PKB  
27/1-2/2'64 Bedijn, Claes kind van Clooster PKNB  
24-30/8'64 Bedijn, Claes kind van Kamp PKNB  
22 Jan 1655 Medien, wed. van de oude Piet   PK This entry had a note penciled in saying this was Maria Couseyn wed. Pieter Pieters Bodiyn.

Book 15: 1665 to 1666 A - Kre

8 Sept 1667 Bodeyn, Abraham Haarlemstr. HK  
24-30/1'66 Bodein, Andries kind van Rapeburg PKB  
28 Nov 1665 Bodijn, Johannes Wed. van Doelsteeg HK  
28 Dec 1675 Bodeyn, Jan kind van - PKB  
4-10/171 Bodij, Pieter vrouw van - PKB  
10 Febr. 1671 Bodey, Pieter kind van Marrend. Achtergr. HK  
22-29/7'73 Bodijn, Pieter kind van - HK  
7 Dec 1665 Bodeyn, Salomon kind van Langegracht HK  
- I'm not sure why some of the dates above don't align with this book. Some of the dates were not readable or they were written as I have them above.

Book 17: 1677 to 1685 A - Coel

28 Oct 1679 Boudijn, Jan kind van - PKB  

Book 19: 1686 to 1695

7-14/7'91 Bodeyn, Jan kind van - Bolw  
12-19/2/95 Bodey, Mary - Bolw  
22-30/6'86 Budijn, Claas Haverstraat Bolw  
5-12/1'92 Bodijn, Claes - Bolw  
12-19/11'89 Bodeyn, Pieter Dulhuis Bolw  
13-20/3'88 Boudeyn, Abigail - Bolw  

Book 21: 1696 to 1710

18-25/4'05 Bedijn, Andries kind van - Bolw  
21-28/9'97 Bodijn, Daniel kind van - Bolw  
10-17/1'99 Bodijn, Jan - Bolw  
16-23/1'06 Bedeyn, Curig vrouw van - Bolw  
13-20/11'06 Bedijn, Quiringh kind van - Bolw  
10-17/1'99 Bedijn, Nicholaes kind van - Bolw  
29/6-6/7'09 Bedijn, Klaas kind van - Bolw  

Notarissen / Notaries

There are a number of microfiche on the notary publics who worked in Leiden. The librarian said we might have more luck finding Bodines by looking at the records of notaries who we know signed Bodine documents. Often families worked with the same notaries all the time. The only one I know of who signed a Bodine document was Carel Outerman; so my wife looked through the files on Karel Outerman from 1631 (envelopes 115:1-11 in drawer 48). She got through 115:1-4, but did not find anything. They're very difficult to read.

Uitgaande attestaties / Church testimonies, 1620 - 1889

The originals of these are located at the Archives, but they have also been indexed in four large blue books. These were testimonies that were written up by the church showing that the member was in good standing. They were used when moving from one place to another, usually within Holland. There are several Bodijn's mentioned; although, the only one that perked my interest was a Pieter Bodine who moved to near Hamburg (Hamborch), Germany. This was written on 4-6-1661 (I guess this is in the European format meaning June 4, 1661) in the Hooglandse Church. All the index says is "Bodijn, Pieter nr. buiten Hamborch. The librarian explained to me what this meant (nr. stands for nar). It says that Pieter Bodine moved from the Hooglandse Church area of Leiden to somewhere near Hamburg, Germany around June 4, 1661. I couldn't find the original, but it is somewhere at the Archives. From the looks of the originals I did see, they don't provide much more, if any, information.

Update: I have since found out that a Pierre Bodine married a Magdalena Forback in an Altona (a Hamburg suburb) church on August 22, 1680. He was listed as a Frenchman. This reference is from a book by Schubert. I don't know anything else about the book. I would assume that this Pierre Bodine could be the same as the Pieter Bodine mentioned in the Leiden record above.

Available Pieterskerk / Pieters Church Records

Grafboeken (Gravebooks), 1581 - 1828

These are records of who owned the tombs inside the church. This church still exists and many of the tombs are still readable. However, the stones have been moved at least two times for renovations in the church. Many were not put back in their original positions. These records are described below:

Soort: op persoonsnamen van eigenaars van grafruimten in de Pieterskerk

Vorm: fiches

Plaats index: laden 137-140

Origineel: inventaris Kerkvoogdij (Pelinck) inv.nrs. 751-760

Kopie of microfiches van originell: geen

Bijzonderheden: zie Genealogische Bijdragen Leiden en Omgeving 1 (1986/86) ME 13-15

The names of the grave owners and some of the info has been abstracted and indexed and they are located in a card file, handwritten on pieces of 3" x 5" paper. It's a big help to finding who the owners were. Otherwise, one would have to read through the old gravebooks and try to decipher the priest's handwriting. (That wasn't an easy task even when I knew where the record was.) There are two Bodines mentioned in the card file: Peter and Abraham.

1) The first abstract from the gravebooks which contains the name Bodijn says this: Pieter Bodijn koopt van de kerk 11.10.1610. This just shows that Pieter Bodijn bought grave #80 from the Pieters Church. This entry may be in archive index book 752 or 753. I looked some in book 753 and couldn't find it. It's more possibly in book 752. (These indexes would say which actual gravebook the abstract comes from.) I didn't see that he had bought grave #80, but I assume it because of the next entry.

2) The next abstracts are in a different gravebook, the one from 1663 (see pictures below). The abstracts say this:

-Abraham Bodeijn 29.02.1664 verkoopt 08.02.1666 aan Cornelius Jansen, de Ridder

-Abraham Bodin (Bodeijn) enft van moeder Mariya Cosijns (codicil 18.09.1647) 29.02.1664 (notaris)

-Pieter Bodeijn (Bodin) vöor (before) 1647 laat na aan weduwe Maria Cosijns Zie (see) 29.02.1664

These three entries are all found in one location in the Pieterskerk gravebook from 1663 (N. H. Kerkvoogdij Archives, no. 755: Pieterskerk, met register op voornamen, 1663 e.v., 1 deel). It is in folio 155, number 80. I took some pictures of the book and page (see below). There was an index in this book that went by first name. It helped me find the right page for Abraham Bodijn. I checked the original gravebook (marked 1663) that has the entry where these names occur. Here below is an image of my copy of that entry. (Click on the image for a slightly larger picture - 110 kb. Hit Back on your browser to return here.)

Entry for Abraham Bodine in 1663 gravebook

The librarian transcribed and translated it for me. Basically, it is the transferral of the family grave to Abraham Bodijn, son of Pieter Bodijn and Maria Cosyns. Pieter is the one who first bought the grave from the church in 1610. This is what it says, more or less (I have underlined questionable parts of the transcription):

fo. 155 nr. 80 Pieter Bodeijn

Dit graf nu gestelt op Abraham Bodin, als hem van zijn moeder Marya Cosijns, in haer leven boelhouster van Pieter Bodin, by-codesillen gemaeckt, van date den 18 September 1647. Gs gemaect by- Carel Outerman, notaris ons verkent, den 29 September 1664 ons versocht.

This grave is now transferred to Abraham Bodin to be received as a legacy from his mother Marya Cosijns, when she was alive the administrator (boelhouster) of Pieter Bodin, by appendix willed on the date September 18, 1647. This record was made by Carel Outerman, notary known to us, on September 29, 1664 made a request to us.

It appears that this request was probably made by Abraham in the year 1664. I guess his mother, Marya Cosijns, had willed the grave to him. I have copies of Peter and Maria's will and administrations, but so far I don't understand much of it. Their will and other administrations are over 100 pages and it is all written in 1600's Dutch! Click on this link to see more about the wills and administrations of Peter Bodine and Maria Cosijns.

Click on the links below to see two different views of the Grave book from 1663.

Opened to Peter's page | Closed, title of book

And here is a picture of where I think Peter Bodine's grave used to be located. I'm sitting by the spot.

Possible location of Peter Bodine's grave

All the graves were cleaned out a long time ago, but the grave slabs still cover the floor and many are still readable. However, the slabs have been moved several times and many were not put back in the correct places. I believe Peter's was misplaced. At least, it is not in the place where I think it ought to be. I do believe we located the area where he should have been buried. We figured this out by reading the section header in the 1663 Grave book. It says that the graves in that section are "in the middle of the church, beginning with the north mother (noortmoer) pillar, going to the last circular pillar in the west." Of course this was in Old Dutch, but the people working in the church when we visited were a great help. They were not exactly sure about the word "noortmoer," but it seems it referred to one of the main pillars, the northeast one located in the middle of the church. (I was recently told that 'noortmoer' is probably 'noordmuur' meaning "northern wall.") The graves then seemed to proceed toward the front of the church in numerical order. It went something like this:

NE Pillar...1.....2.....3.....4.....5.....6.....7.....8.......SE Pillar



...............................so on and so forth..............................

NW Pillar................so on and so forth...............SW Pillar

I'm just going by memory on these grave numbers, but it was something like that. Following this pattern, and heading west, we located where grave #80, Peter Bodine's grave, should have been. However, the numbers after grave 70 or so were all messed up and many, including #80, were missing. His grave is located toward the front of the middle church, in front of where the altar used to be. See the picture above.

We did not have time to look through the rest of the records listed on this page, but I believe they are readily available on microfilm from LDS Family History Centers.

Trouwboeken (Pieterskerk marriage records), 1585 - 1795: These are on microfiche, but would be tedious to read. The Municipal Archives have made abstracts of these records putting them in a more readable form. They are arranged in alphabetical order by last name.

Doopboeken (Pieterskerk baptism records), 1621 - 1811

Available Hooglandsekerk / Hooglandse Church Records

Uitgaande attestaties (Church testimonies), 1620 - 1889

Trouwboken (Hooglandskerk marriage records), 1597-1795

Doopboeken (Hooglandsekerk baptism records), 1621-1811

Available Waalsekerk / Walloon Church

Trouwboeken Waalse (Vrouwen) kerk (in het Frans), 1604-1811

The following is some kind of summary from the notebook Hulpmiddelen Bij Uw Onderzoek at the Leiden Municipal Archives. It comes from the section called "Overzicht van de Indices (Klappers).

Soort: op bruiden en bruidegommen

Vorm: banden

Plaats index: in opslag

Origineel: BS 167-177

Kopie of microfiches van origineel: F 12 in lade 12

Bijzonderheden: Dat een bruidspaar in de klapper voorkomt wil niet zeggen dat ze ook echt in de Waalse kerk (de Vrouwenkerk of de Gasthuiskerk = l'Hôpital) getrouwd zijn; om dat met zekerheid vast te stellen moet het origineel, op microfiche, geraadpleegd worden.

Trouwboeken Waalse (Gasthius) kerk (in het Frans), 1638-1738

Trouwboeken Waalse (Vrouwen) kerk (in Nederlands), 1646-1795

Doopboeken Waalsekerk (Waalsekerk baptism records), 1599-1811
Soort: op acheernamen en patroniemen
Vorm: Leidse boekes
Plaats index: kast 11 plank B-H
Origineel: BS 270-276
Kopie of microfiches van origineel: F 31 in lade 15
Bijzonderheden: Ook opgenomen in het "fichier" van de Eglises Wallonnes, o.m. met lidmaten en andere vermeldgingen; op microfiches te raadplegen bij het Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie te 's-Gravenhage.

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