Dutch Genealogy News for December 2018

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

Online sources

  • The Regional Archives in Tilburg published several abstracts of court and notarial records of Tilburg, Loon op Zand, Oisterwijk and Moergestel. See the blog post for details.
  • A report on the field names of the former municipality of Princenhage is now available online. Go to Downloads > Erfgoedrapporten Overig > Veldnamen in Princenhage.
  • The Bosch’ Protocol, the court records of ‘s-Hertogenbosch for 1501-1793 can now be searched via the Erfgoed ‘s-Hertogenbosch website.
  • The historical society Enschede-Lonneker published an inventory of graves in the municipality of Enschede.
  • Address books from the Zaanstreek (Zaandam, Koog aan de Zaan, Wormerveer, Krommenie) for the period 1882-1968 have been digitized and are available via the Zaandstad Municipal Archives website.
  • Abstracts of orphan chamber records of Oud-Vossemeer (1554-1650) were published on Geneaknowhow (PDF).
  • Transcriptions of real estate sales tax records from the 1700s in several towns in Gelderland were published on GenealogieDomein, organized per town.
  • The photo collection of the “Zeeuwse Landbouw Maatschappij” [Zeeland Agricultural Society] have been scanned. 400 photos that are in the public domain are now available via the Zeeuws Archief website. The photos include several photographs of people who held a position in the society.

Mr. J.M. Kakebeke, vice president 1873-1889


  • The Regional Archives in Tilburg acquired the records from two Catholic churches that closed its doors: the St. Anna parish in Molenschot, and the St. Gerardus Majella parish in Hulten. [Source: RAT]
  • The Gelders Archief restored the 35 most requested records that could not be made available because of their material state. This includes records from the Court of Gelre, court records, monastic records, and records from the archives of noble families. After the restoration, the records can be consulted again. [Source: Gelders Archief]

“Ritterbouck” or Knight book, one of the restored items


  • 228 volunteers have transcribed Dutch newspapers from the 1600s. 90% of the 46,031 have been entered already. These newspapers are currently available in Delpher, indexed using OCR (optical character recognition) technology, but the gothic script led to many errors. The typed results will be uploaded to Delpher in the future. [Source: Meertens Instituut]
  • The records of the St. Catharina hospital in Grave (1291-1965) will be restored and digitized thanks to a grant from Metamorfoze, a government program to preserve at-risk paper collections. After digitization, the scans will be available at the Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum website. [Source: BHIC]
  • Volunteers are wanted to index the cards of people who were arrested in Rotterdam during World War II. Details on how to volunteer can be found at the Netwerk Oorlogsbronnen website (Dutch only). The index and cards will be published online by the Rotterdam City Archives after the project is finished.
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Rotterdam after the bombing in World War II. Credits: Rijksdienst Cultureel Erfgoed (CC-BY-SA)

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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