Dutch Genealogy News for January 2020

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

Online sources

  • Almost 30,000 books were added to Delpher. The new addition includes children’s books, school books, travel stories, books about female laborers, and a lot more. The majority of these books is in the public domain and can be accessed on the Delpher website. More recent books can be viewed in the Royal Library reading room. See the full list.
  • The Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum wasted no time and has now published the indexes and scans of Noord-Brabant records that became public as of 1 January 2020: birth records (1919), marriages and divorces (1944), death records (1969), and prison registers of Breda and ‘s-Hertogenbosch. These can be searched via the BHIC website.
  • Scans of court and orphan chamber records of several towns in West-Friesland (in the Noord-Holland province) can now be consulted via the West Fries Archief website.
  • The website Van Helsdingen Genealogie published transcriptions of church records from the Salland region in Overijssel (Zwolle, Wijhe, Olst, Kampen).
  • Indexes of church records from before 1811 from Nistelrode, Uden, and Ravenstein were added to the Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum website.
  • Transcriptions of several church records of Gennep and Roosteren were added to GenBronnen.
  • Scans of the repertoriums [contemporary handwritten indexes] of notarial records of Lochem 1811-1935 are now available at the Erfgoedcentrum Zutphen website.
Notary in Haarlem, 1787. Credits: Wybrand Hendriks, collection Rijksmuseum (public domain)

Notary in Haarlem, 1787. Credits: Wybrand Hendriks, collection Rijksmuseum (public domain)


  • The website of the Amsterdam City Archives is changing to a new system. The migration is almost complete. Records that still need to be migrated include some cemeteries and scans of some of the population registers.
  • The Sound Toll project finished and the Sound Toll website was transferred to the Huygens ING, the institute for history of the Netherlands. The website has the toll payment registers of the Sound (passage between Denmark and Sweden) from 1634 to 1857. Many Dutch skippers that sailed to the Baltic can be found in these records.

Sound toll, Braun and Hogenberg (public domain)


  • The Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum is scanning the town records of many villages in the eastern part of the Noord-Brabant province for the period before 1811. See the news announcement for the full list. During digitization, the records are unavailable in the reading room.
  • The notarial records of Chaam and Raamsdonk have now been indexed. The records will become available via the Regionaal Archief Tilburg website.
  • The aldermen’s court records of Moergestel, Alphen en Chaam, and Drimmelen and Standhazen are being digitized. During the digitization, the records are not available in the reading room. Once finished, the scans will become available via the Regionaal Archief Tilburg website.
  • Volunteers have started indexing the land tax records from the area around Zaandam. See Vele Handen for the project and to report as a volunteer.
  • Population registers from Gouda, Krimpen aan den IJssel, Krimpenerwaard, Waddinxveen, and Zuidplas will be indexed by volunteers. Volunteers can report to Vele Handen.
  • Notarial records from West-Friesland between 1552 and 1935 will be indexed by volunteers. They can report to Vele Handen.
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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