Dutch Genealogy News for November 2019

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

Online sources

  • About half the records from the Aldermen’s Court of Tilburg and Goirle (1408-1811) are now available via the Regionaal Archief Tilburg.
  • The Regionaal Archief Tilburg added several more charters to their charterbank. The majority of the charters from before 1550 are now available.
  • THe records of the Sint-Catharinadal priory in Oosterhout (1271-1900) have been described and scanned. The finding aid and images can be consulted at the Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum website.
  • An index and images of enlistment registers for conscripted soldiers of the province of Utrecht are now available at the Utrechts Archief website.
  • Transcriptions of the common grounds books of Voorst, Gietel, Teuge, Silvolde, Aard, and Appen in Gelderland are available on Voorst Municipal Archives website.
  •  A “wapenboek” [book with coats of arms] of Gelre from about 1400 was digitized by the Royal Library of Belgium and is available via their website.


  • The archive law of 1995 will be replaced. The draft of the new version is now open for public consultation. One key difference is that government records will be transferred to public archives after ten years instead of the current twenty. Not all transferred records will e public: if they contain personal information or state secrets, for example, access will be restricted.
  • Two records groups at the Gelders Archief are now available for (free) scanning on demand: The archives of the Heidemij and the manor of Hernen. You can view the records in the “Archieven” section of the Gelders Archief website and then click the scan-on-demand icon.
  • Het Utrechts Archief now has an online chat, available from Tuesday through Friday from 1.30 to 4.30 PM (GMT+1). You can find the chat in the footer of the Utrechts Archief website. Chatting is an easy way to get help during your research, just like you would ask a question in the reading room.


  • The Gelders Archief is looking for volunteers to index the marriage records of Gelderland for the period 1923-1942. Volunteers can sign up at the Vele Handen [Many Hands] website.
  • The New York City Municipal Archives applied for funding to digitize ledgers from the “Old Towns” records collection. These start in the Dutch period in 1645. [Source: NYC Department of Records]
View of New York with ships in the front

Johannes Vingboons, View of Nieuw Amsterdam (New York), c. 1655. Source: map collection Leupe, National Archives, the Netherlands.

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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