Dutch Genealogy News for April 2024

Here is an overview of the new sources, projects, and other news from the past month.


  • The stories of 2100 Engelandvaarders [England sailors] are now available at the National Archives website. Engelandvaarders were Dutch citizens who went to the United Kingdom during World War II, where they were debriefed by British and Dutch security services. The interrogation reports are now online at the website of the National Archives.
  • Petitions to the parliament of the Batavian Republic 1796-1801 are available via the National Archives.
  • Income tax records from about 1850 to 1930 for some municipalities in Friesland have been made available via Alle Friezen. In the search > Advanced search option, select the source “Kohieren hoofdelijke omslag.”
  • Transcriptions of 1623 poll tax records of various places in Holland (hoofdgeld) are now available via Genealogie Rijnland.
  • Indexes and scans of aldermen court records of various places in the east of North-Brabant have been added to the Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum.
  • Several verdicts of the court of ‘s-Hertogenbosch have been added to the criminal verdicts database at the BHIC website.
  • Automatically generated transcriptions of various notarial archives of Tilburg, Hilvarenbeek, Loon op Zand, Raamsdonk Geertruidenberg (mostly from the 1700s) and aldermen court records of Hendrik Luiten Ambacht (mostly from the 1500s through 1700s) are now available via the Regionaal Archief Tilburg website at Transkribus.
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Market in Tilburg with the Heike Church that also served as town hall, 1742. Credits: Jan de Beyer, via Geheugen van Tilburg (public domain)


  • A new project will index population registers from Gouda region. Volunteers can report to Vele Handen.


  • Surrender and adoption files of people born before 1970, created by the Raad voor Kinderbescherming (Council for Protection of Children), have been transferred to the National Archives. From June, interested parties will be able to receive permission to consult these files in the reading room.
  • The Council for Culture has issued an advisory report “Dealing with shared sources from colonial history” with recommendations concerning the handling of colonial archives and documentary collections.
  • The Spaarnestad Photo foundation has stopped as of 1 April 2024. The collection with 12 million photos will remain at the National Archives. It will take several months to transfer the descriptions of the photos to the infrastructure of the National Archives.  A selection of over 400,000 photos is already available on the National Archives website.
  • 700 boxes with records from the Fraeylemaborg, a noble manor in Groningen, will become available to the public. The records will first be organized and described in a finding aid, and will then become available at the Groninger Archieven.
  • The research archive of P. Reinders has been transferred to the Gelders Archief and can be consulted in the reading room. P. Reinders researched World War II, with a focus on identifying soldiers in anonymous graves. See the finding aid for details.
Dutch girls laying flowers on the graves of a temporary graveyard for killed Canadian soldiers. Edderwolde, The Netherlands, 1945.

Dutch girls laying flowers on the graves of a temporary graveyard for killed Canadian soldiers. Edderwolde, The Netherlands, 1945.

About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, CG®, QG™ 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 diploma 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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