Dutch Genealogy News for January 2022

This is an overview of the new sources, projects, and other news announced last month.


  • Passage lists of the Holland America Line 1900-1969 are now online at the Stadsarchief Rotterdam website. The records are called passenger lists, but they are actually passage lists: financial records showing who purchased tickets. It only includes the person who bought the ticket, not the other people in the party.
  • Indexes of notarial records of Chaam, Gilze en Rijen, Hilvarenbeek, Loon op Zand, Moergestel, Oisterwijk, Raamsdonk, Terheijden, and Udenhout 1811-1935 are now available at the Regionaal Archief Tilburg website.
  • A collection of photos of Moederheil, an institute for unwed mothers in Breda, is now available at the Stadsarchief Breda website.
  • Mortgage books of Wymbritseradeel 1605-1636 are now available at Alle Friezen.
  • Marriage records of Drenthe 1933-1945 are being indexed and added to the Drents Archief website. The 1945 marriage records include several Canadian soldiers.
  • Birth records of Oldenzaal 1870-1896 have been indexed and are available at Collectie Overijssel or WieWasWie.
  • Various transcribed tax and serf records from the eastern part of Gelderland were added to Genealogiedomein.
  • Photos made by Bernard F. Eilers are now in the public domain and available via Het Geheugen. Eilers pioneered a technique to create color photos using multiple exposures.

Kalverstraat in Amsterdam, 1936-1968. Credits: Bernard Eilers, Het Geheugen (public domain)


  • As the lockdown is lifted, archives have reopened again. Most require an appointment. Check the website of the archive for specifics.
  • The Gelders Archief now offers free scanning-on-demand for 400 private archives. The scans can be ordered via the finding aids in the Archieven section of their website. The free service already existed for government archives.
  • The Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum launched a podcast, “Het Geheugen van Brabant [Memory of Brabant]. The podcast is available in Dutch only.
  • Several records became public on 1 January 2022. See the article for an overview. Not all public records will immediately be available online.
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Gelders Archief. Photo by author


  • A new project will research traces of slavery in Overijssel. [Source: IJsselacademie]
  • A new collaboration has started to improve access to maritime sources: The Netwerk Maritieme Bronnen [Network Martime Sources]. [Source: Maritien Portal]
  • A volunteer project is improving the indexes of Friesland death records at Alle Friezen, adding more names to the indexes. The results should be online by April 2022.
  • Several notarial records from Overijssel 1882-1947 are being digitized and will become available via Collectie Overijssel. [Source: Collectie Overijssel]
About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, MLitt, CG®, QG™ is a professional genealogist, writer, and lecturer in the Netherlands. She has a Master of Letters in Family and Local History from the University of Dundee, and holds the Certification of Genealogist and Qualified Genealogist credentials. Yvette served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists and won excellence awards for her articles in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. Yvette has been doing genealogy for over 30 years. She helps people from across the world find their ancestors from the Netherlands and its former colonies, including New Netherland. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.

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