Dutch Genealogy News for April 2018

Here is an overview of the new sources, projects, and news about archives that were announced last month.

Online records

main steet with church

Main street with church in Ooltgensplaat. Credits: G.J. Dukker, collection Cultural Heritage Service (CC-BY-SA)


  • After a landmark verdict, whereby a copyright holder successfully sued the Erfgoed Leiden archive for putting postcards online, many archives have taken down large parts of their image collections. Erfgoed Leiden had not been able to establish the copyright holder of the anonymous postcard and published it as an orphaned work, but the judge found that that was not permissable and awarded the copyright holder the sum of 75 euros per postcard. Hundreds of thousands of photos have been taken down by archives across the country. Erfgoed Leiden is going to appeal the verdict.


  • The Noord-Hollands Archief recently made their catalog, finding aids, and indexes available as open data. This allows other websites to re-use the information. [Source: Noord-Hollands Archief]


  • The Streekarchief Langstraat Heusden Altena is looking for volunteers to index the civil registration and church records. [Source: SALHA]
  • The Regionaal Archief Alkmaar started a project to georeference maps using volunteers at Vele Handen. The volunteers have already finished the work and the maps will be available shortly. [Source: Vele Handen]
  • The Drents Archief is looking for volunteers to index the registration of people entering the pauper colonies. [Source: Drents Archief]
pauper colony

Willemsoord colony. Collection Rijksmuseum (public domain)

About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, CG® is a professional genealogist in the Netherlands. She holds the Certified Genealogist credential from the Board for Certification of Genealogists and has a post-graduate certificate in Family and Local History from the University of Dundee. She has been doing genealogy for over 30 years and helps people from across the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.


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