Dutch Genealogy News for June 2020

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


  • The National Archives launched a beta version of their new presentation of archives, which includes millions of new scans. See the blog post for more information and instructions on how to participate.
  • The Rotterdam City Archives added almost 400,000 scans and indexes of birth, marriage, and death records from the 1800s and early 1900s from Rotterdam and the surrounding municipalities to their website.
  • The Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum made 400,000 scans of death duties files from Noord-Brabant available via their genealogy search engine. The index was already available, but you can now click through to the scans.
  • The Historisch Centrum Overijssel published a finding aid with the Corona Collection, a series of photos documenting the corona measures in Overijssel.
  • The Drents Archief digitized registers and maps related to land tax in Drenthe from the 1800s. They can be consulted via the finding aid.
  • The Zeeuws Archief digitized city ledgers and poor accounts from Terneuzen, Axel, Biervliet, Philippine and Sas van Gent. The scans are available via the finding aids, see the links at the bottom of the announcement.
  • The Regional Archives of Tilburg scanned the aldermen’s court records of Alphen en Chaam (1570-1811), Moergestel (1455-1811),  and of Drimmelen and Standhazen (1569-1811). The scans are available via the finding aids (Alphen and Chaam, Moergestel, Drimmelen and Standhazen).
  • The Utrechts Archief has digitized the medieval town records of Utrecht. Utrecht has the oldest surviving town records in the country, which go back to 1122, when Utrecht received a town charter. The scans are available via the finding aid.

Confirmation of town privileges of Utrecht by emperor Henry V, 1122


  • Zeeuwen Gezocht, the genealogical database of the Zeeuws Archief, now has more than 10 million entries from millions of Zeeland records. Congratulations!
  • The new website Aezel presents information about persons, heritage, and geography in Limburg. This includes several genealogical indexes and scans of records. The website is under construction but will in time replace Alle Limburgers.
  • After the landmark court ruling that anonymously published works fall in the public domain after 75 years, many archives have put parts of the image collections back online. It is worth revisiting the online image collections of the archives in the area where your ancestors lived.
  • Several new finding aids of the Gelders Archief now have free scanning-on-demand enabled, including several of Arnhem institutions, of the house Ruurlo, and brick factories. Use the Archieven section of the Gelders Archief website for research.
  • The Canon of the Netherlands, fifty windows into the history of the Netherlands for educational use, has been renewed. The articles are available in English via the new Canon of the Netherlands website.


  • The New Amsterdam History Center just released a project mapping the first decades of history of New York, with an encyclopedia of its first people and places. See the Mapping Early New York website.
  • The Regional Archives of Tilburg received a grant to restore and digitize the second half of the Aldermen’s Court records of Tilburg. The first half has been done already and is available via the finding aid. It will take an estimated two years to do the other half.
  • The Historisch Centrum Overijssel is scanning several notarial records from Overijssel in the 1800s and early 1900s. While they are away for digitization, they are not available in the reading room.
  • The Noord-Hollands Archief and Netwerk Oorlogsbronnen [War Sources Network] will collaborate in a project to enter the causes of death of people who died in Haarlem during World War II into a database. Volunteers can help via the Het Volk website.
  • A new volunteer project started to transcribe the resolutions of the States General. The transcriptions created by volunteers will be used to train a computer model to automatically transcribe the rest. Volunteers who can read old Dutch can join at Vele Handen.

Resolution books


  • Robert Charles Anderson’s new book The Mayflower Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth, 1620 was just published. This includes the pilgrims who lived in Leiden. It can be purchased via American Ancestors.’


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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