Dutch Genealogy News for May 2021

This is an overview of new sources, projects, and other news that was announced last month.


  • Erfgoed ‘s-Hertogenbosch added scans of the Smulders card catalog of the court records of Den Bosch to their website. These cards index the aldermen’s court records before 1811.
  • The Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum added photos by Martien Hermsen to their online image collection. These photos show the area around Mill in World War II.
  • A new index was published of the Admission registers of Haarlem, 1719-1776.
  • Transcriptions of several Limburg church records were published at GenBronnen.
  • Police reports from Leiden during World War II can now be searched online.
  • Scans of army enlistment records of Tilburg are now available through the Regionaal Archief Tilburg website.
  • Transcriptions and indexes of several tax records from the east of Gelderland were added to GenealogieDomein.
  • WieWasWie has added new automatic links between marriage records and the birth records of children born to that record.
  • The National Archives added several scans to the finding aids of their map collections: Topographical service (4.TOPO), foreign maps collection Leupe (4.VEL) and its supplement (4.VELH).

Topographical map of Bourtange, 1852. Credits: call no. 7.13.4, 4.TOPO, National Archives (public domain)


  • A new website, Zoek in Transcripties, was launched. The website presents automatically transcribed and indexed records of various archives in the Netherlands. Artificial intelligence was used to create the transcriptions, index, and a modernized translation. The initial content include records from the Dutch East Company, and notarial records from Utrecht and Noord-Holland. New content will be added.

Automatically created transcription at Zoek in Transcripties, with search term highlighted


  • The Netherlands is slowly coming out of COVID-19 lockdown. Most archives have reopened, by appointment only. Please check the website of the specific archive for details.
  • The Utrechts Archief announced their online collection is available again, after it was taken online as the result of a ransomware attack in March. No data was lost. Scanning-on-demand will resume at a later date.
  • The Regionaal Historisch Centrum Limburg announced that part of their collection is unavailable because of a renovation of the depots. See the RHCL website for details.
  •  Rijnbrink, the Historisch Centrum Overijssel (HCO), and the library Deventer/Athenaeumbibliotheek have come to a collaboration agreement about a collection of historical books about Overijssel. These books will become available to the public through the reading rooms of the HCO and Athenaeumbibliotheek.
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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