Dutch Genealogy News for March 2018

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

Online records

  • Many civil registration records from the Dutch East Indies have been published by FamilySearch and can be accessed via the Catalog and place name. Access to these scans is limited to Family History Centers, where they can be viewed on internet computers. [Source: Indische Genealogische Vereniging]
  • Population registers (1820-1850) and World War I refugee registers (1914-1918) from Nijmegen are now available in the Digital Reading Room of the Nijmegen Regional Archives.
  • The Amsterdam City Archives scanned about 450 Amsterdam charters, mostly from the 1400s and 1500s. They can be accessed via Finding Aid 5055.
  • Eric Schmidt published transcribed and indexed sources from Zeeuws-Vlaanderen (southern part of Zeeland) on his website. This includes church and town records from Aardenburg, Axel, Cadzand, Heille, Nieuwvliet, Retranchement, Sint Anna ter Muiden, Sint Kruis, Sluis, Terneuzen, Zaamslag, and Zuidzande.
  • Indexes and transcriptions of court records of Aalten and Bredevoort were published at GenealogieDomein.
  • Digital images of the tax records of The Hague, Haagambacht, Hondertland, Monster, Rijswijk, and Wateringen from the 1500s were added to Van Papier naar Digitaal.
  • Het Utrechts Archief published almost 200,000 pages of medieval records of the Dom Chapter, the administration of the church in Utrecht. The scans can be accessed via the finding aid of the Dom Chapter.

Income register from 1394, call no. 626-1 (public domain)


  • The Gelders Archief announced they’ve increased the capacity of their popular free scanning on demand service. Researchers may now request two files per week to be scanned. [Source: Gelders Archief]
  • Access restrictions on files regarding pardons for death penalties have been partially lifted. Archives can now provide acccess if the person requesting the pardon is deceased. Since the death penalty was taken out of the criminal code in 1870, in practice this means that all the records are now available to researchers. They can be accessed at the National Archives in The Hague, record group 2.09.71. [Source: Staatscourant 29 March 2018]

Execution of the holy Euphrasia, 1710. Credits: Casper Luyken, collection Rijksmuseum (public domain)


  • The International Institute of Social History is looking for volunteers to index membership cards of the Amsterdam diamond workers union. The majority of members were Jewish.
  • The Breda City Archives has started a volunteer project to improve the index of the civil registration of Breda and surrounding municipalities by completing the names and adding the dates of birth and death rather than just initials and record dates. See the project page for more information.
  • The Eemland Archives has started a volunteer project to index the population registers of Soest (1850-1919). See the project page for more information.
  • The Gelders Archief started a volunteer project to create abstracts of the Court Records of Arnhem before 1800. [Source: Gelders Archief]
  • The Tilburg Regional Archives has added notarial records of Hooge en Lage Zwaluwe, Terheijden, Raamsdonk, and Oosterhout to the VeleHanden [Many Hands] website to be indexed by volunteers. See the project page for more information.

Public notary in his office. Credits: Job Berckheyde, collection RKD.

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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