Dutch Genealogy News for July 2019

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

Online sources

  • Open Archives started a pilot to search scans by content. This works for typed records only. It uses Optical Character Recognition technology to make the records searchable. You can submit your own URLs of records hosted on Archieven.nl or that use the software by Picturae (e.g. Tilburg, West-Brabant, Zutphen, Alkmaar archives).
  • Scans of criminal verdicts of the court of Breda were put online by the Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum. They can be accessed from the finding aid and via the index.
  • Many justice of the peace court records from Gelderland have been scanned. You can order missing records via scanning-on-demand (free).
  • Indexes of Dutch Reformed baptisms (1667-1811), marriages (1715-1811), and Jewish births (1757-1810) from Wageningen have been added to the Wageningen archives website.
  • Several notarial records from Kampen have been added to the website Kampen Notarieel.
  • Scans and indexes of church records of Hoorn and Medemblik have been added to the Westfries Archief website.


  • The Foundation for Suriname Genealogy (SSG) launched the website AlleSurinamers.org. The website provides links to online records about Suriname, including databases, digitized archives, and special collections.
map showing plots next to a river

Map of plantations in Suriname (Nationaal Archief, Map Collection Leupe, 4.VEL call number 1679A)


  • The Amsterdam City Archives is moving a large part of their records to a new repository. As a result, the reading room for originals is closed until October, and scanning-on-demand is on halt as well.
  • The National Archives acquired records of the intelligence services for the period 1914 to 1939. The finding aid is online and the records can be viewed in the reading room or ordered via scanning on demand for a fee. (Source: National Archives)


  • The Tilburg archives is preserving and scanning the aldermen’s court of Tilburg (1408-1811). The first 50 meters (approx. 160 feet). The scans will become available at the website of the Regional Archives of Tilburg in 2020. The remaining more than 50 meters are scheduled to be scanned in 2020 and will become available in 2021.
  • The National Archives did a pilot project to study how the Central Archives of Special Jurisdiction can be made full-text searchable. This archive contains the records of suspected collaborators who were tried after World War II. The records will become public in 2025 and experiments are currently underway to find out how these records can best be provided to researchers. (Source: National Archives)
  • The records of the Amsterdam hospital archives until 1578 will be preserved and digitized. A finding aid will be created that includes an index on the persons and geographical location mentioned in the records. The second phase will transcribe the most important sources. (Source: Amsterdam City Archives)
  • Millions of prayer cards from the collection of the Central Bureau of Genealogy are being scanned by FamilySearch volunteers. The results will become available on FamilySearch and the CBG website.
Prayer card of Johanna Buis

Prayer card of Johanna Buis

About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, CG® 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 certificate 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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