Dutch Genealogy News for December 2017

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


  • The newspapers Volkskrant, Trouw, and Het Parool for the period 1945-1995 have been added to the national newspaper website Delpher. The publication was made possible thanks to a licensing agreement that allowed the Royal Library to publish these papers, which are protected by copyright.
  • The notarial records of West-Friesland in Noord-Holland for the period 1843-1925 have been published on the West-Fries Archief website. The images can be accessed via the finding aids. The index is not complete yet, but a part of the records can already be searched via the Personen search engine.
  • Population registers of several towns in West-Friesland have been added to the West-Friesland archives website. A partial index is available.
  • The notarial records of Hooge en Lage Zwaluwe (1812-1925), Raamsdonk (1587-1935) and Terheijden (1569-1925) in Noord-Brabant have been scanned. The images are now available at the Tilburg Regional Archives website (follow the links in this announcement). A crowd sourcing project to index the records will start this year.
  • The heritage society of Loon op Zand in Noord-Brabant have made 4345 prayer cards available on their website.
  • WieWasWie added birth records of Bloemendaal, Haarlem, Haarlemmermeer, Velsen, and Zandvoort for the period 1903-1912. This completes the indexation of the birth records of Noord-Holland for the period 1811-1912.
  • The Gelders Archief finished indexing the Gelderland death records from 1950-1960. The index and scans are available via the Personen search engine on their website.
  • Indexes of the guardianship records of the manor of Bredevoort for 1712-1720 have been added to the GenealogieDomein website.
  • Transcriptions of the church records of Putten in Gelderland are now available at the Putten municipal archives website.
  • Transcriptions of church records from Geleen, Mook, Sevenum in Limburg and Straelen just across the German border from Limburg have been added to the GenBronnen website.
  • Indexes of church records, census records, and tax records of Grafhorst, IJsselmuiden, Kampen, Kampereiland, Kamperveen, Mastenbroek, and Wilsum in Overijssel have been added to the website of the historical society Jan van Arkel.
  • 240,000 birth records of the former Dutch East Indies have been added to the index at RoosjeRoos. They now have over half a million indexed records from the Government Almanacs of the Dutch East Indies. The almanacs and the index only give the names of the persons involved, not their parents.

Girl with a baby in a slendang. Credits: Th. van de Burgt, collection Nationaal Archief (CC-0)


  • The Amsterdam Archives announced that they will digitize 10 million pages in the next two years, including the Civil Registration, Social Services, Municipal administration, Municipal Police, and the Notarial records. Their free scanning-on-demand service will also continue with digitization of records that are requested by users.
  • The project to index the Amsterdam Notarial records is making great progress. Project manager Pauline van den Heuvel announced on Twitter that 150,000 records have already been indexed by the volunteers. The indexed records can be accessed online (free registration required).
  • Civil birth and death records of Texel have been used to create family reconstructions and are available at the Genealogie Den Helder website.
  • The Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum launched a project to tell the stories about the 1900 Brabant war casualties since World War II. The online honor gallery includes the basic information about each person, and the public is asked to submit photos and stories about them.
  • The Suriname Slave Registers Project announced that the data entry and verification have been completed. The registers will come online on 1 July 2018. (Source: Facebook announcement).

Slave camp in Suriname. Credits: Jacob Eduard van Heemskerck van Beest, collection Rijksmuseum (public domain)


  • Several record groups about Loon op Zand for the period 1981-1996 have been transferred to the Tilburg Regional Archives, where they can be viewed in the reading room. (Source: Regionaal Archief Tilburg announcement).
  • References to World War II archives used to be published on the ArchievenWO2 website. These references have now been transferred to the Netwerk Oorlogsbronnen [War Sources Network] website, organized thematically.

Liberation of the Netherlands. Credits: Nationaal Archief / Spaarnestad Photo, SFA008000603 (no known copyrights).

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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