Dutch Genealogy News for July 2020

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


  • Breda and the former municipalities now belonging to Breda have been added to HisGis, the historical geographic information system.  The map viewer shows the plots and ownership in Breda in 1832.
  • 1200 maps of Drenthe from the 1600s to 1900s can now be consulted at the Drents Archief website.
  • The Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum added scans of the aldermen’s court records of Dinther (1590-1698), Erp (1751-1807), Lith (1797-1810) and Oss (1786-1788) to their website. The scans can be found via the Wat Zit Er In [What’s included] page on their website.
  • Films of the Wieringermeer and IJsselmeerpolders can be consulted via the Flevolands Archief website.
  • Open Archives added millions of parish and civil registration records from Belgium to their website. This means you can now search for Belgium and Dutch records using the same search engine.
  • Transcriptions of church records of Beugen, Boxmeer, and Sambeek, have been added to GenBronnen.
  • Transcriptions of court, church, census, and tax records of Holten can be found via the Oudheidkundige Vereniging [Heritage society] Holten.
  • Trascriptions of various church, court, and tax records from East-Gelderland have been added to Genealogiedomein.

Farm in Aalten. Credits: collection Nationaal Archief (CC-BY-SA)


  • The Alkmaar Regional Archives now offer free scanning on demand for many of their collections. For instructions, see the article about Dutch archives that offer free scanning on demand.
  • The Deventer City Library, now part of the Historic Center of Overijssel, acquired the earliest book printed in Deventer, the Liber Bibliae Moralis (1477). [Source: Bibliotheek Deventer]
  • At the National Archives, a manuscript map of the island of Goeree-Overflakkee from 1585 has been rediscovered. The map shows the village of Dirksland and its harbor. The map had been put into a drawer with duplicates in the 1970s and had been considered lost. It was discovered during preparations of a map digitization project. This map will be digitized at high resolution.

Goeree-Overflakkee map


  • The Oosterhout aldermen’s court records are being digitized. Once completed, scans will be available via the Regionaal Archief Tilburg website.
  • The indexing project of population registers from The Hague is making great progress. This project will index more than a half million family cards from the 1939-1939 population register of The Hague. Many people isolating at home have been working on the project, so it is going more than twice as fast as expected. [Source: Haags Gemeentearchief]
  • The Gelders Archief completed a project to index Gelderland marriage records from 1923 to 1942. The index will be made available via the Gelders Archief website.
  • A new podcast about New Netherland will launch in September: “Dutch New York Stories,” with Dr. Andrea Mosterman. [Source: Marcurius newsletter]
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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