Dutch Genealogy News for December 2019

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

Online sources

  • MyHeritage added an index of notarial records from many different archives in the Netherlands over the period 1600 to 1935. This information was already available on the website of the participating archives and on Open Archives, but is now available for record matching for people who have their tree at MyHeritage.
  • The Tilburg archives have no made 500 charters available via their charterbank, about 1/3 of the total that they keep. Digitizing and describing the charters will continue in 2020.
  • Transcriptions of several Limburg church records have been added to GenBronnen.
  • Population registers from Schoterland in Friesland have been added to Alle Friezen.
  • Passenger lists of the Holland America Line (HAL) for the period 1900-1920 have been added to WieWasWie.
Departure of an emigrant ship

Departure of an emigrant ship. Credits: Steenkamp, collection Nationaal Archief


  • A large collection of family names was added to the Family names database of the Central Bureau for Genealogy. These names were collected in a dictionary of family names in Belgium and Northern France, whose compiler agreed to add the names to the database.
  • The website Geheugen van Nederland (Memory of the Netherlands) moved to a new website. The website contains almost 800,000 digitized images of more than 90 archives, libraries and museums.


  • The Minister of Education, Culture, and Science has to make a decision about opening the Central Archives of Special Jurisdiction prior to 2025. A foundation has requested access to try and locate war criminals. The National Archives denied this request because the records are closed to the public until 2025. A judge ruled that the minister that’s responsible for the National Archives has to make a new decision about the closed status of the records, after which the National Archives has to make a new decision about this particular case. [Source: InformatieProfessional].
  • The Erfgoedcentrum Achterhoek en Liemers acquired records of the Groenlo families Kuiper and Harperink, predecessors of the Grolsch brewery. The records have been scanned and are available online.
Brewer, print by Jan and Casparus Luyken, 1694.

Brewer, print by Jan and Casparus Luyken, 1694.

Cultural Heritage

  • The Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie (New Holland Water Defense line) has been added to the preliminary list of future World Heritage sites. [Source: Rijksdienst Cultureel Erfgoed]


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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