Tea Valley near Bandung, Indonesia, where Anne Louise Slockens lived for a couple of years.
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Dutch population registers lead to international research: Anne Louise Slockers

Populations registers list all persons who lived in a Dutch municipality, regardless of their nationality or place of birth. Anna Louise Slockers, who was born in Waverley near Sydney, Australia, lived in Baarle-Nassau for about 20 months. Thanks to this registration we know a lot about her family.

Civil registration (Baarle-Nassau, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands), population register 1914-1925, district A, page 316, household of Adrianus Ludovicus Slockers, line 4, Anne Louise Slockers, 3 October 1922; “Zoek een persoon,” database with digital images, Regionaal Archief Tilburg (https://www.regionaalarchieftilburg.nl : viewed 19 July 2020), search results for ‘Anne Louise Slockers’.

Explanation of the columns

Anne Louise’s entry reads as follows, translated into English:

1. Line: 4
2. Date of registration: 3 October 1922 [ditto, see line 1]
3. Family name: Slockers [ditto, see line 3]
4. First name(s): Anne Louise
5. Sexe: female
6. Relationship to the head of the family: daughter
7. Date of birth: 1 April 1919
8. Place of birth: Waverley near Sydney, N.S.W. Australia
9. Marital status: single
10. Changes in marital status: [blank]
11. Religion: Roman Catholic [ditto, see line 1]
12. Profession: [blank]
13. Address: [blank, but living with her parents at Dorp A41]
14. Date of arrival in the municipality: 3 October 1922 [given for the whole family]
15. Previous residence: ex officio registered, coming from Bandung, Dutch East Indies
16. Date of departure from the municipality: 16 May 1924
17. Next residence: Curacao
18. Date of death: [blank]
19. Legal residency: [blank]
20. Remarks: [blank]

Waverley Cemetery, near Sydney (photo credits: Pixabay, user pattyjansen)

International career

This page in the population register of Baarle-Nassay shows the Slockers family. Head of the family is Adrianus Ludovicus Slockers, of Baarle-Nassau. When he was 21 years old, he moved to Rotterdam to start a job as an office employee. In 1911 he emigrated to the Dutch East Indies for the first time. [source: Stadsarchief Rotterdam]. He returned to Rotterdam, where he married Maria Henrica Apolonia Nooijen in 1916. [source: Stadsarchief Rotterdam] In 1918 the Slockers couple emigrated together to the Dutch East Indies.

As a merchant, he lived in several countries. The page from the population register shown above, mentions three places in the Dutch East Indies: Surabaya, Bogor (then Buitenzorg) and Bandung. But there is also Australia, where his daughter Anne Louise was born, and Curaçao, one of the Lesser Antilles.

We did not do a full research on Adrianus Ludovicus Slockers, but we did find his death in Dordrecht, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands in 1955. [source: Regionaal Archief Dordrecht]

The famous colored houses of Willemstad, Curacao, where the Slockers family lived.
The famous colored houses of Willemstad, Curacao. (photo credits: Pixabay, user patrick_worldwide)

The newspaper Amigoe di Curacao reported the death of Maria Henrica Apolonia Slockers-Nooyen in 1958. [source: Delpher] Her daugther Anne Louise Slockers lived – at that time – with her in Curacao. According to the same newspaper Anne Louise Slockers – who never married – was a high school teacher for many years. [source: Delpher, with a photograph of Miss Slockers!]

Anne Louise Slockers left Curacao in 1974 with the ship Neptunus. [source: Delpher] She died in Amersfoort in 2013, at the age of 94. [source: Online Familieberichten]


Although the Slockers family only lived in Baarle-Nassau for less than two years, the population register reveals details of a much bigger part of Adrianus Ludovicus Slockers’ life. Details on this page led us to look for the Slockers family in Curacao, where they lived for many years. We recommend that you always look at all the records that are available for a person or family. They may tell you more than you thought beforehand. It is all part of the reasonably exhaustive research, one of the principles that good genealogists adhere to.