Dutch Genealogy News for July 2023

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


  • The colonial records of Curacao, Bonaire and Aruba 1828-1845 have been digitized. Scans are available via the finding aid at the Nationaal Archief website. These records contain government, court, and notarial records and are crucial for researching ancestors who lived in the colony, encluding enslaved ancestors.
  • Dutch documents from New Paltz in New York from the 1600s and early 1700s have been digitized and translated and are now available via New Palts Historic Documents.  See the news article at Mid Hudson News for more information.
  • The family records of the Van Asch van Wijck family in Utrecht have been digitized and can be consultated at the Utrechts Archief website.
  • Birth records of Hensbroek, Hoogkarspel, Hoogwoud and Hoorn (1853-1902) have been digitized and indexed and can be consulted at the Westfries Archief website.
  • The Westfries Archief digitized several records about the Dutch Revolt (1566-1578). You can click to the finding aids to see the scans.
  • Court martial verdicts in ‘s-Hertogenbosch in North Brabant (1839-1883) have been added to the index at the Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum website.
  • Several aldermen’s court records in the east of North Brabant have been indexed and are now available via the Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum website.
  • The indexes for church records of Overijssel before 1811 have been scanned and are now available at the Collectie Overijssel website. The indexes are not full-text searchable but have to be browsed manually. These are the indexes that used to be available in the reading room.

Church and market in Zwolle. Credits: H.J. van Hoogstraten, J.G. Scheurleer, collection Collectie Overijssel (public domain)


  • The Noord-Hollands Archief is scanning notarial records of Haarlem prior to 1811, civil registration birth records of North Holland 1913-1922, birth records (1811-1902) and marriage records (1811-1922) of Loosdrecht, and building records of Bloemendaal. The records will become available online later this year. [Source: NHA]
  • The Nationaal Archief is digitizing the colonial records of Curacao, Bonaire and Aruba (1707-1828). Scans will become available via the finding aid.
  • Gelderland started a new project to index Gelderland civil registration records that have become public in recent years. Volunteers can report to Vele Handen.


  • The West-Brabants Archief now has in-house digitization stations. This will allow them to provide scans quicker, and will reduce the need to transport the original records. Their free scanning-on-demand service has already produced over 300,000 scans.
  • Erfgoed Brabant, the heritage organization for North-Brabant may move to the building of the Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum in the old citadel of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. [Source: BHIC]
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. Wesley Johnston says

    I have a photo of the left half of the square in your Zwolle painting — just the church, lots more people and tables, no horse. I took the photo 24 May 2007 – a bright sunny day.

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