Dutch Genealogy News for June 2024

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


  • Death records of Suriname (1846-1915) have been digitized and indexed and are available on the website of the National Archives of Suriname.
  • The Ward Registers of Paramaribo, Suriname 1828-1847 have been digitized and indexed and are available on the website of the National Archives of Suriname.  The ward registers are annual recordings of all the free people living at each address.
  •  The birth records of Olst (1822-1830) and Raalte (1903-1907) have been indexed and are now available via Open Archives.
  • Marriage records from 1947 and 1948 of several municipalities in North Brabant have  been digitized and indexed and are now available at the Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum website.
  • Many registers of the Orphan Chamber of The Hague(1482-1852) have been digitized and are available through the finding aid. These records related to the administration of the assets of minor children (full or half orphans) and people who were placed under curatorship.
  • The archives of nine prominent Zeeland families have been digitized and are now available via the Zeeuws Archief. The families are: de Huybert, Schorer, Mathias Pous-Tak van Poortvliet, Van Doorn, Sprenger, family company Spoors and Sprenger, A.A. Brown, Mauritz, and Clijver. See the announcement for links to the finding aids.
  • Transcribed poll tax records (1623) for many places in Rijnland (mostly in South Holland) have been aded to the Genealogie Rijnland website.
  • Indexes of baptismal and church membership records of Broek op Langedijk and Zuid-Scharwoude can be found on the Familie Kaas website.
  • The church records of the province of Limburg before 1811 have been digitized. Scans are available via the finding aid.
St. Martinus Church, Venlo

St. Martinus Church, Venlo, Limburg. Credits: Cultural Heritage Service (CC-BY-SA)


  • Birth, marriage, and death records of Weststellingwerf in Friesland are being digitized. The results will become available via Alle Friezen, which already has the BMD records for the rest of the province.
  • The CBG | Center for Family History is digitizing and indexing the police pedigrees 1940-1945. During World War II, police personnel had to submit a three-generation pedigree chart of themselves and their spouses to see who had Jewish ancestors. Only those without Jewish ancestors were allowed to serve. The results will become available to CBG subscribers at the CBG website.


  • Historisch Centrum Limburg now offers free scanning-on-demand. You can use the scan button in the finding aids to request scans. See a list of Dutch archives that provide free scanning on demand for instructions.
  • The National Archives acquired a collection from the Bureau of Registration and Information of Fired Personnel (BRIOP) from the Department of Defense. The collection is relevant for people researching military personnel in the 1800s and 1900s. It includes records about military personnel, prisoners of war, and volunteers and resistance workers during World War II.  See the finding aid for the collection. The records themselves can be consulted via (paid) scanning-on-demand or in the reading room.
  • Tresoar, the provincial archives in Friesland, received a collection of diaries, letters, and other documents from Willem de Boer (1924-1980) about his service in the Dutch East Indies in the late 1940s.  [Source: Tresoar]
  • Records of the municipality of Koggenland and its predecessors Obdam and Wester-Koggenland (1990-2014) have been transfered to the Westfries Archief. The finding aid shows the records that can be consulted in the reading room. This will be the last transfer of physical documents from the municipality, since all later documents are digital and will be transferred electronically to the archive’s digital repository.
  • The Paleography Work Group at the Waterlands Archief is retiring. The group has worked since 1985 and transcribed a wide range of sources tthat are available in the archive’s library. Two of the current members have been there from the start!  A big thank you to all these volunteers. [Source: Waterlands Archief]
  • The Noord-Hollands Archief hired a photographer to document the agricultural transition in North Holland. The photos will become part of the Provincial Atlas, a collection of images that shows how North Holland developed over time. Every year, a different photographer documents a current theme. [Source: Noord-Hollands Archief]

View of Heiloo, late 1700s. Credits: Anonymous artist, Provincial Atlas North Hollan (public domain).

About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, MLitt, CG®, QG™ is a professional genealogist, writer, and lecturer in the Netherlands. She has a Master of Letters in Family and Local History from the University of Dundee, and holds the Certification of Genealogist and Qualified Genealogist credentials. Yvette served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists and won excellence awards for her articles in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. Yvette has been doing genealogy for over 30 years. She helps people from across the world find their ancestors from the Netherlands and its former colonies, including New Netherland. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.

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