Dutch Genealogy News for February 2020

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

Online sources

  • Over 24,000 more magazines and 5,000 books from 1940-1960 are now available via Delpher, after the Royal Library came to an agreement with representatives of copyright holders.
  • Scans and indexes of population registers of Terneuzen in Zeeland (1850-1938) have been added to the Zeeuws Archief website.
  • Scans of population registers from the province of Groningen (1850-1900) have been added to Alle Groningers. There is no searchable index yet but the scans often include contemporary handwritten indexes and some registers are arranged alphabetically.
  • Scans of the marriage supplements of Leeuwarden have been added to Alle Friezen. They are accessible from the index entry for the marriages, by browsing to image 2/2.
  • The migration of the website of the Amsterdam City Archives is making good progress. The Woningkaarten [Residence cards] have now been migrated and are available again via indexes.
  • The aldermen’s court of Tilburg (1408-1811) is being restored and scanned. The first batch of scans has been added to the finding aid.
  • The Historisch Centrum Overijssel indexed the birth records of Holten (1896-1902) and Markelo (1829–1839, 1853–1871). The indexes are available via Archieven.nl, WieWasWie, and Open Archives.
  • Passenger lists of the Holland-Amerika Lijn (1900-1920) are now available via the Rotterdam archives.
Departure of an emigrant ship

Departure of an emigrant ship. Credits: Steenkamp, collection Nationaal Archief (CC-0)


  • The Venlo Municipal Archives has a new website. The central search function will give results in genealogical indexes like population registers (bevolkingsregister), civil registration (burgerlijke stand) or prayer cards (bidprentjes).
  • War Lives is a new website to document the lives of people in World War II. The information is shown as a timeline that combines records from different archives and other organizations.



  • Notarial records from Texel and Schagen from the early 1800s are being scanned, and are temporarily unavailable in the reading room of the Regionaal Archief Alkmaar.
  •  The notarial records of Chaam and Raamsdonk have been indexed by volunteers. In time, these indexes will be added to the Regionaal Archief Tilburg website.
  • The Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum has started a volunteer indexing project prison records in Brabant. Volunteers can go to the Het Volk website to participate.
  • Several archives in the Netherlands are doing pilots with Handwritten Text Recognition using Transkribus. The first results are promising. Scans and transcriptions of several Haarlem notarial archives and and Dutch East India Company records are now available for download.

Transkribus example


Church photo

Dutch Reformed Church of Maartensdijk. Credits: A.H.C. Schollen, Cultural Heritage Service (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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