Dutch Genealogy News for July 2021

Here is an overview of all the new online sources, projects, and other news that was announced last month.


  • German marriage records of Dutch people are now available via WieWasWie. About 40% of these abstracts date from World War II, the rest are older.
  • The Netherlands Institute for Military History published a database with 22,500 personal files of Dutch prisoners of War during World War II. Some of them include photos.
  • The residence cards of Buren, Beusichem and Soelen have been scanned and are available via the Regionaal Archief Rivierenland website.
  • The Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum added cause of death records of municipalities in the east of Noord-Brabant to their website.
  • Town administration records of Dongen, Geertruidenberg, and Moergestel up to 1811 and the have been added to the Regionaal Archief Tilburg website. Go to the Archieven section and search for record group 925, 2600, or 818, respectively.
  • The regional archives of Goeree-Overflakkee will be indexing national militia records. Volunteers can email the archives via the address in the Facebook announcements.
  • The papers of Herman Bavinck, a leader of the Dutch Reformed Church, have been digitized by the Free University of Amsterdam. See his online archive.
  • Photos of the provincial planning service of Zeeland have been added to the Zeeuws Archief website. The collection contains almost 700 photos from the period 1958-1995.
  • The British Library uploaded several topographical maps from their collection to Flickr. This includes several maps of towns in the Netherlands.

Manuscript map of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, about 1660. Credits: British Library, Flickr (public domain)


  • The Regionaal Archief Rivierenland will be digitizing and cataloguing the national militia records 1815-1861 of the municipalities whose records they keep. (Source: Facebook).
  • The Utrechts Archief is indexing records of billeted soldiers during World War II. Volunteers can report to Het Volk.
  • Volunteers are indexing population registers of various municipalities in Zeeland between 1900-1938. Volunteers can join at Vele Handen.
  • The Regionaal Archief Tilburg is restoring and digitizing the remainder of the Aldermen’s Court records of Tilburg and Goirle. The preliminary batch of digitized records has been approved and scanning is now underway.
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Market in Tilburg with the Heike Church that also served as town hall, 1742. Credits: Jan de Beyer, via Geheugen van Tilburg (public domain)

Other news

  • The Dutch Water Defence Lines and the Colonies of Benevolence have been recognized by Unesco and placed on the World Heritage List.
  • The Gelders Archief now provides free scanning-on-demand for the records of the manor of Bronkhorst and the manor of Ammerzoden.
  • The Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum launched their own digital repository. Until now, they used the repository of the National Archives, but with the decision that the national government will withdraw from regional archives, they have now created their own service. The repository will be used for digital and digitized records created by the province of Noord-Brabant, the municipalities, and other organizations whose records are kept at the BHIC. (Source: BHIC)
  • Afelonne Doek has been appointed as National Archivist of the Netherlands and director of the National Archives. She will be the first woman to hold this position. (Source: National Archives)
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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