Dutch Genealogy News for March 2020

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


  • The National Archives has made several of their publications available online, in the finding aid of the archive-of-the-archives. Publications include atlases for the Dutch East Indies and West India Company, archival guides to Japan, Ghana, and South Asia, and several other publications.
  • The Regional Archives Tilburg have added 1000 charters to their charter bank, over half of their collection of approximately 1600 charters.
  • Published letters by Groninger emigrant K. Jz. Beukma, who wrote from New York in 1835, are now available on the Groninger Archieven website.
  • An index of population registers for the area around Haarlem in Noord-Holland (1849-1927) has been added to the Noord-Hollands Archief website.
  • Census records for Zwolle in 1830 and 1840 were added to the Historisch Centrum Overijssel website (Inventaris > Bevolkingsboekhouding).
  • The West-Fries Archief digitized marriage records from the 1800s from several towns in Noord-Holland. They are available via their website. Most are not indexed yet.
  • Military enlistment records for Friesland (1863-1914) were added to AlleFriezen.
  • Over 1000 photos by the Drenthe photographer Willem de Vries, school teacher in Linde from 1910 to 1944, were scanned and are available via the Drents Archief website.

School photo of the public school Kerkenbosch in Zuidwolde, about 1900-1910. Credits: W. de Vries, Drents Archief (public domain)


  • Archives in the Netherlands are closed during the corona-epidemic. Most archives have also stopped their scanning-on-demand services. For more details and suggestions for alternative activities, see Effects of corona on Dutch Genealogy.
  • The National Archives of the Netherlands published a recommendation to treat the corona epidemic as a hot spot in terms of archival preservation.  The hot spot methodology allows governments to mark records for permanent preservation even if they are created in work processes for which the records are routinely destroyed.  [Source: NA]
  • The finding aid for the Mennonite church of Borne, Overijssel, is now available at the Historisch Centrum Overijssel website. The records have not been digitized.
  • The Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum received a register with Dutch and German war criminals (1947-1957) who were imprisoned in the Breda prison. The register will be public in 2028. Researchers may request permission to use the register sooner. [Source: BHIC]
Dome prison in Breda

Dome prison in Breda. Credits: Cultural Heritage Service


  • Tresoar took down some of their older websites, including the digitized library, due to security concerns. Some collections are available in other places, see the links on the Tresoar website. For other content, Tresoar is working on alternative presentations.
  • A new website for medieval manuscripts will be built by Huygens ING. The website will first feature manuscripts from the Huis van het Boek [House of the Book], Tresoar, and Athenaeumbibliotheek. The manuscripts will be digitized and at least 200 will be described in detail. Other institutes may follow later. The project will start in September 2020 and take two years. [Source: Historiek]


  • Universities and other organizations in Belgium have started MamaMito, a project to collect data about the mitochondrial lines of participants. People can enter their maternal line including documentation (before 31 August 2020). The documentation will be verified. From September, the researchers will select a group of participants for mitochondrial DNA analysis and then compare the results. The aim is to provide more insights more insights into mitochondrial DNA inheritance and reliability of documentation. A similar project in the past studied the male line using Y-DNA to determine the amount of situations where the biological father was not the documented father.
  • Population registers of The Hague (1913-1939) are being indexed by volunteers at Vele Handen.
  • The Zeeuws Archief is digitizing records creating by organizations involved in madder (“meekrap”) production, a red dye. The largest record group to be digitized is that of the Royal Cooperation Wilhelminapolder in Zeeland.  [Source: Zeeuws Archief]
  • The Noord-Hollands Archief is using artificial intelligence to describe the collection of Press agency De Boer, which contains two million photos from 1945-2004. Volunteers at Vele Handen [Many Hands] will help to create training data. The results are expected by 2022. [Source: NHA]
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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