Dutch Genealogy News for July 2017

Here is an overview of new records and projects that were announced in the past month.

Online Dutch Records

  • Notarial records of the following municipalities in Friesland are now available via AlleFriezen, mainly for the 1920s and 1930s: St. Annaparochie, Balk, Beetsterzwaag, Bolsward, Drachten, Dronrijp, Franeker, Giekerk, Hardegarijp, Heerenveen, and Marrum.
  • Zoekakten updated its links to FamilySearch with a range of links to scans of notarial records in Zeeland and Zuid-Holland.
  • Zoekakten now includes links to scans of the birth, marriage, and death records from Aruba.
  • Scans of the population registers of Hoorn, Avenhorn, Ursem, Wevershoof, Abbekerk, Midwoud, Sijbekarspel, Wijdenes, and Wognum have been added to the website of the West-Fries Archief. Volunteers are indexing the records via VeleHanden. The resulting indexes are published in the Personen section of the website.
  • Scans of the population registers of Maasland and Schipluiden are now available at the Collectie Delft website.
  • Did one of your ancestors work for the Royal Family? Staff registers of the Royal Household from 1814 until 1940 have been added to WieWasWie.

Lackeys walking alongside the Golden Carriage of the Royal Family. Credits: Ron Kroon, collection Nationaal Archief (CC-0)

Project News

  • The West-Fries Archief announced that the cadastral records 1832 of the municipalities of Hoorn, Wognum, Blokker, Zwaag, and Berkhout have been added to the geographic information system HisGis. A total of 12,240 plots on 43 cadastral maps have been plotted.
  • Streekarchief Midden-Holland started a digitization project of genealogical records. This includes civil registration records, marriage supplements, and the register of Belgian refugees. Later this year, volunteers will start indexing the scans. The project is done in collaboration with FamilySearch.

Archives News

  • As of 1 July 2017, the province of Flevoland has a separate Regional Historical Center: Het Flevolands Archief. Until now, the archives of the province of Flevoland were kept by Nieuw Land Erfgoedcentrum, a heritage center that combined several functions. That is now split up, and the archives will form a separate organization. The Flevolands Archief collaborates with Het Utrechts Archief. This newest province of the Netherlands, which mostly consists of land reclaimed from the sea in the 1900s, does not have many old records; only of the former islands of Urk and Schokland.
  • The diaries and scrapbooks of Peter André Kater, the chief inspector of the Amsterdam Police  about 100 years ago, were recently discovered.  The books have been turned over to the Amsterdam City Archives, who have made scans available online.

Scrapbook showing photos of suspected prostitutes and pimps. Credits: Pieter André Kater, scrapbook with notes of prostitutes, pimps, and suspicious persons, about 1930; call no. 5, Archief van Pieter André Kater, Record Group 31041; Stadsarchief Amsterdam.

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. Lindy Green says

    Hello, I am trying to find out how to get a birth certificate of someone born in Aruba. Do you know where I should contact for please?

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