Dutch Genealogy News for January 2019

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

Online sources

  • The Digital Charter Bank Netherlands has launched. It contains over 170,000 charters from the Middle Ages through to the 1800s from archives throughout the Netherlands. Summaries are provided for most charters, some have scans as well.
  • The Utrechts Archief published data on almost 100,000 railway workers from the period 1836-1920. The Utrechts Archief has the records of many of the railroad companies in the Netherlands. The index and scans of personnel registers can be consulted on the Utrechts Archief website.
  • Several newspapers from the West-Friesland area of Noord-Holland are now available via Delpher.
  • Indexes of the 1811 census (“registre civique”) of several towns in Noord-Holland was added to the Ooijevaar website.
  • A name index of verdicts in criminal cases in Assen, Drenthe (1838-1888) is now available via AlleDrenten.
  • Several archives published scans of records that were made public as of 1 January 2019. See Dutch Records that were public as of 1 January 2019 for more information.
Charter with seals hanging from the bottom, some missing

Agreement regarding the murder of Floris V, count of Holland, 1299.


  • Free scanning on demand for many Noord-Brabant records. The Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum, the Provincial archives of Noord-Brabant, now offer free scanning on demand for many records that are over 110 years old. You can browse their catalog for the scan on demand icon next to the archival description.



  • The Waterlands Archief has a new website that provides access to records about the area around Volendam, Edam, and Purmerend.
  • The website Volkspetitionnement 1878 provides access to the names of over 300,000 protestant and 164,000 Catholics in the Netherlands who signed a petition in 1878 for religion-based schools. You can search the website by name or click the map to see who signed the petition per municipality.

5 Hoitinks signed the petition


  • Volunteers have finished indexing the notarial archives of Geertruidenberg (1811-1935). The index will be added to the Regionaal Archief Tilburg website later this year. [Source: RAT]
  • A subsidy was granted to digitize the oldest part of the city records of Utrecht (1340-1577). The records span 24 meters (80 feet) and the project is estimated to take three years. The records will become available via the Utrechts Archief website. [Source: HUA]
  • The Deventer Library made an agreement with the Royal Library and Google to digitize 7,500 old books from their collection, including many important publications from Overijssel and the former university of Harderwijk. The books wills become available for free via Google and Delpher. [Source: Bibliotheek Deventer]
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.


  1. Josephine Isaacs says

    Thank you Yvette. I found an important piece of information in the railway workers records!
    It is very useful to see what’s new online.

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