Ask Yvette – What happened to the Digitale Stamboom?

One reader contacted me to ask:

I have lost a Dutch records site. It was called Dutch Municipal Records, and the URL was

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.

Homepage of Digitale Stamboom in 2018 (no longer active)

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:

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About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, MLitt, CG®, QG™ is a professional genealogist, writer, and lecturer in the Netherlands. She has a Master of Letters in Family and Local History from the University of Dundee, and holds the Certification of Genealogist and Qualified Genealogist credentials. Yvette served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists and won excellence awards for her articles in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. Yvette has been doing genealogy for over 30 years. She helps people from across the world find their ancestors from the Netherlands and its former colonies, including New Netherland. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.

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