Dutch Genealogy News for June 2022

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


  • Almost 28,000 books have been digitized and added to Delpher. Most of the books are in the public domain and can be accessed online. More recent books can be consulted in the Royal Library reading room.
  • Medieval manuscripts have been added to the online collections of the Athenaeum library of Deventer.
  • Several civil registration records of Loon op Zand from the 1900s have been added to the Regionaal Archief Tilburg website.
  • Indexes of church records of several towns in the east of Noord-Brabant have been added to the search engine of the Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum.
  • Criminal verdicts of the district court in Breda (1922-1926) have been indexed and can be searched via the Brabants Historisch Informatiecentrum.
  • Several transcriptions of church records of Goeree-Overflakkee have been added to HoGenDa. Go to Bronnen [Sources] and click the letter for the name of the town, e.g. “Stad aan ‘t Haringvliet.”
  • The records of mortgages in Tiel (1811-1838) have been digitized and can be consulted via the finding aid. This source can be helpful when tracing property before the cadastral administration started in 1832.
  • The records of the aldermen’s courts of Made (1795-1810) and Hooge en Lage Zwaluwe (1559-1811) have been digitized. See the finding aid for Made and Hooge en Lage Zwaluwe for the images. The records are mostly unindexed, though some of the names of parties are included in the archival descriptions for the case files.
  • The Drents Archief discovered the earliest known color photos in Drenthe in one of their photo collections, from circa 1910. The collection is available via their image bank.
  • Over 8,000 maps of Rotterdam and the surrounding area have been digitized and added to the image bank of the Rotterdam City Archives.

Map of Delfshaven, 1526. Credits: Collection Rotterdam City Archives (public domain)


  • The website Verhalenkaart 1672 [Story map 1672] tells the story of the siege of Groningen by the bishop of Munster in 1672. The story is told using a map by Jannes Tideman from 1672. The website is in Dutch but the map is interesting to look at even if you do not speak Dutch.


  • The Noord-Hollands Archief is digitizing building files of Haarlem 1888-2010. The records are temporarily unavailable. The files in the public domain will be published on their website. [Source: NHA]
  • Photographer Paul Paris will donate his collection to the Cultural Heritage Service. The collection starts in 1982 and includes many photographs of landscapes, monuments, and towns in the Netherlands, including aerial photos. The photos will become available in the service’s image bank. [Source: RCE]
  • The Noord-Hollands Archief has started a research project into confiscated Jewish real estate during World War II. During World War II, property with Jewish owners was conviscated by the German occupation and sold to others. After the war, the rightful owners often had difficulties reclaiming their property, were charged back taxes on disowned properties, or failed to reclaim their property altogether. [Source: NHA]
  • The National Archives of the Netherlands is digitizing the interrogations of the “Engelandvaarders” [England Goers]. During World War II, several people from the Netherlands escaped to England to be trained as pilots and help fight the Nazis. Upon arrival in England, the men were interrogated to establish whether they were trustworthy or spies, and to provide strategic information about the situation in the Netherlands. These interrogations are now being digitized. [Source: Nationaal Archief]
  • Volunteers have finished indexing the Red Cross records about forced laborers in World War II. The project is overseen by the National Archives. The indexes are now being checked. They will become available via the Nationaal Archief and Oorlogsbronnen [War Sources] websites in 2023.

Forced laborers in Germany working in the war industry. Credits: Nationaal Archief (CC-0)


  • scan buttonCollectie Overijssel now offers free scanning on demand. Collectie Overijssel is the heritage center in Zwolle that keeps the records of the province of Overijssel and the city of Zwolle. You can search the finding aids and click the scan button where available (one call number per request, maximum of two requests per week). The scans will be sent to your email within two weeks. See the list of Dutch archives that provide free scanning on demand for the other archives that provide this wonderful service.
  • The roof of the Regional Archives of Tilburg has been fixed, after it began leaking last year. The reading room and library has been closed for the renovation and is expected to open again in August. [Source: RAT]
  • Het Utrechts Archief has started the project to get their own digitial repository for digital preservation of born digital and digitized records. [Source: HUA]
  • The Amsterdam City Archives have signed an agreement with the National Archives of Suriname. They are going to collaborate on presentation, preservations, and oversight of archives. [Source: Amsterdam City 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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