Dutch Genealogy News for May 2018

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

Offline records

Normally, we start this monthly overview by listing all the records that went online. Last month, most of the news has been about records that have gone offline:

  • Many archives took the population registers for the period 1910-1938 offline because of new privacy laws.
  • Many archives took photographs of unknown photographers offline, after a judge ruled in favor of a copyright holder and made an archive pay several thousands of euros for publishing postcards from the 1940s that the archive considered “orphaned works” because the archive had not been able to identify the photographer. The case has been appealed and a new verdict is expected in the middle of 2019.

Online records

  • The cadastral records of Gelderland of 1832 are now available in the historical geographic information system HisGis.
  • The Archief Eemland published the address books of Amersfoort for the period 1851-1979.
  • The Historical Society for North-East Friesland published several indexes of Frisian records at the Dokkum regional archives. This includes municipal correspondence and church records.
  • The Military Pupils Registers were indexed by the Indies Genealogical Society and is available via the UGC website. These were 2,505 pupils who signed up for the Dutch East Indies Army.
  • The Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum published indexes of many death records from Noord-Brabant between 1943 and 1950. They can be consulted in the Stamboom [Genealogy] section of the website.
  • The Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum published indexes of notarial and court records from North-East Noord-Brabant. They can be consulted in the Stamboom [Genealogy] section of the website.
  • Scans of the Centraal Testamentenregister, the central index of wills 1890-1973, is available at FamilySearch, with easy waypoints available at ZoekAkten. The index is organized by year of birth (1793-1918). It gives the name of the notary and date the record was created.
  • Zoekakten has created waypoints for scans of the East Indies Pension records that are available at FamilySearch.
  • ZoekAkten has created waypoints to access scans of the muster rolls of officers and enlisted men that are available at FamilySearch.

Soldiers. Collection Rijksmuseum (public domain)



Jan Trouw in his Dutch East Indies Army uniform. Personal collection (orphaned work)


  • The Central Bureau for Genealogy in The Hague announced that their reading room will close as of 1 July 2018. People who want to access the books from the CBG library or the records from the CBG archives can order these to consult in the reading room of the Nationaal Archief. The CBG made this decision to focus on digital services. [Source: CBG]
  • 55 items from World War II, including medals, letters, and personal identification cards, were donated to Frisian museums and archives. The items were donated during the annual collection day. The items will be analyzed before determining which collection they will be donated to. [Source: Tresoar]
Woman carrying food distributed by allied forces, World War II

Gathering the goodies. Image credit: Nationaal Archief

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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