One reader contacted me to ask:
I have lost a Dutch records site. It was called Dutch Municipal Records, and the URL was http://digitalestamboom.nl.
That site now appears to be totally dead, because even the home page gives a 404 result.
Can you refer me to a current URL? Or is the site simply gone?
What was the Digitale Stamboom?
The Digitale Stamboom, the Digital Family Tree, was a website created by a vendor of website software for genealogical information. Several archives used this software. Their genealogical information was available on their own websites, but also via a central Digitale Stamboom search engine that searched in the databases of the archives who used the platform.
The vendor stopped supporting the software, and the archives moved their data to other platforms.
Where to find the data that used to be on the Digitale Stamboom
Many archives provide their genealogical databases as open data, which you can search at Open Archives. Open Archives has an English user interface and is a good place to start searching for information that used to be on the Digitale Stamboom.
Here are the municipalities that participated in the Digitale Stamboom, and links to their current websites:
- Alkmaar: Regionaal Archief Alkmaar
- Amersfoort: Archief Eemland
- Delft: Stadsarchief Delft
- Den Haag [The Hague]: Haags Gemeentearchief
- Eindhoven: Regionaal Historisch Centrum Eindhoven
- Haarlem: Noord-Hollands Archief
- Leiden: Erfgoed Leiden
- Rotterdam: Stadsarchief Rotterdam
Do you have a question about genealogy in the Netherlands? Feel free to ask and perhaps your question can be answered in the next “Ask Yvette.”