Dutch Genealogy News for June 2023

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


  • Residence cards of Voorburg 1922-1939 have been indexed and can be consulted at the Haags Gemeentearchief website. These cards list the residents per address.
  • Several church records from the east of North Brabant have been added to the BHIC website.
  • The photo collection of Johan van Eerd is now available via the BHIC website. These include photos from the 1930s-1970s, including World War II, mainly from the area around Veghel in North Brabant.
  • Real estate tax records from the Tielerwaard region 1681 have now been made searchable. They can be consulted at the Regionaal Archief Rivierenland website. Select the place name and then “Doorzoek alle bestanden van dit stuk” to search the records.
  • Transcriptions of tax records from the east of Gelderland have been added to Genealogiedomein.
  • Scans of birth, marriage, and death records of Suriname are now also available on the website of the National Archives of the Netherlands.
  • Books and magazines published by the Utrecht historical society Oud Utrecht (1924-2021) have been digitized. They can be consulted via the Utrechts Archief website. Because of copyright restrictions, recent issues can only be consulted in the reading room.
  • An index of Suriname wills 1744-1825 was published at Alle Surinamers.
  • An index and scans of records about St. Eustatius’s enslaved population 1862-1863 is now available via the website of the National Archives. Both these collections can also be searched via the Coleccion Aruba website.
  • An index and scans of records about Aruba’s enslaved population 1840-1863 is now available via the website of the National Archives.

Register of deceased slaves, Aruba, with names of the deceased, their mother, age, date of death, and owner. [Source]


  • The new website Verleden Tekst makes records from Oosterhout and the surrounding areas searchable. It used handwritten text recognition technology to automatically transcribed the records. See the blog post earlier this month for more information about that project.
  • A new website highlights the Ship Voyages of the Middelburg Commerce Company, which was involved in the international slave trade. During 300 voyages, about 31,000 enslaved Africans were transported to different parts of the world. Click “EN” at the bottom for an English version. The website allows searching via the map, by ship, or by person (mainly officers). Each voyage links to the original sources about the voyage  in the finding aid, including scans. These sources include muster rolls, journals, and account books.

Screenshot of website showing voyages


  • The Zeeuws Archief is going to preserve and digitize records about people from the Dutch East Indies and Moluccas in Zeeland. The project is part of the national program “Indisch Erfgoed Digitaal” [Digital Indies Heritage]. [Source: Zeeuws Archief]
  • The Noord-Hollands Archief is digitizing more notarial records from Haarlem. The records are away for digitization and will be back around August. [Source: NHA]
  • The population registers of the Gouda region 1920-1939 are being indexed. Volunteers can join the Vele Handen project.

Map of Gouda by Johannes Blaeu, 1649 (public domain)


  • The Utrechts Archief is running out of space and is transferring records to the Gelders Archief. There is a list of affected records. After the move, these records will have to be ordered at least five days in advance for consultation in the reading room. [Source: HUA]
  • Several archives are experimenting with handwritten text recognition. The real estate tax records from Tielerwaard mentioned about are one example. In the past month, I also received scans from the Noord-Hollands Archief that I had ordered via their scanning-on-demand service, which were sent to me as a searchable PDF. They apparently applied handwritten text recognition technology before sending it. What a great service!


  • Two Dutch lines were featured in the UK series Who Do You Think You Are? Andrew Lloyd Webber discovered a line of entertainers, and brothers Chris and Xand Van Tulleken learned more about their aristocratic ancestors. I did research for both of these episodes.
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. Thank you Yvette for sharing all of this information and sources. I

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