Dutch Genealogy News for June 2021

This is an overview of new sources, projects, and other news that was announced last month.


  • Village records from Berkel, Enschot and Heukelom (1579-1813), Hilvarenbeek (1392-1810) and Oisterwijk (1390-1814) have been digitized. Scans can be found in the finding aids at the Regionaal Archief Tilburg website (links in blogpost).
  • Cadastral records from Limburg since 1842 are available via Aezel.
  • Scans of manumission records from Curacao are now available via the finding aid of the Ministry of Colonies.
  • Passenger lists of the Holland America Line (1920-1940) are now available at the Rotterdam City Archives website.
  • Notarial records from the late 1500s to 1842 of several municipalities in Noord-Holland have been added to the Regionaal Archief Alkmaar website.
  • Birth records of Markelo, Oldenzaal, Nieuwleusen, and IJsselmuiden have now been indexed. They can be searched via Open Archives.
  • The Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum has added hundreds of travel documents (1901-1956) to their website.

Certificate of Dutch citizenship, BHIC


  • The book¬†Archiving people: A Social History of Dutch Archives¬†by Eric Ketelaar can be downloaded from his website.


  • All archives are now open again, most by appointment only. Check the website of the archives before visiting.
  • The Regionaal Archief Tilburg has started to offer free scanning-on-demand. This service is not available for all their finding aids yet.
  • The National Archives has made several data sets relating to World War II available as open data.
combed city

Rotterdam after the bombing in World War II. Credits: Rijksdienst Cultureel Erfgoed (CC-BY-SA)


  • The symposium De IJsberg Zichtbaar Maken [Visualizing the Iceberg], about the results of a project to apply artificial intelligence for handwritten text recognition and indexing, is now available on YouTube. You can turn on captions and then select the settings cog to pick your language if you don’t know Dutch.
  • The Brabants Historisch Information Center has its own channel at Giphy, showing animated GIFs based on movies in their collection. The GIFs have already been viewed more than 10 million times.
  • Radboud University is launching a project to scan and index the civil registration birth, marriage, and death records from Suriname since 1826. [Source: RU]
  • A new project, Globalise, received a grant of 3.8 million euros to improve digital access to the archives of the Dutch East India Company. A digital infratsructure will make the records available for advanced research techniques. Artificial Intelligence will be used to transcribe and index the records.


About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, CG® is a board-certified genealogist in the Netherlands. She has been doing genealogy for almost 30 years. Her expertise is helping people from across the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.

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