Dutch Genealogy News for November 2021

This is an overview of the new website projects, and other news announced last month.


  • Scans of birth, marriage, and death records of Zoetermeer are now available via Alle Zoetermeerders and WieWasWie.
  • The Regionaal Historisch Centrum Vecht en Venen [Regional Historical Center Vecht and Venen] has made the first born digital records that are kept in their digital repository available online. The first online collections are photos of Stichtse Vecht and De Bilt. They are available in the online collections.
  • The Authorization Books [guardian appointments of Ferwerderadeel (1702-1811) and Idaarderadeel (1785-1809) have been indexed and scanned and are now available on AlleFriezen.
  • The town records of Terheijden (1569-1810) have been digitized. The tax records are especially useful for genealogists. The scans can be found in the finding aid at the Regionaal Archief Tilburg website.
  • Indexes of several civil registration records and aldermen’s court records from Noord-Brabant have been added to the Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum website. See the announcement for details.
  • Shows from the Multiculturele Televisie Nederland [Multicultural Television Netherlands] network are available via the Utrechts Archief website. The programs include topics for migrants from the Antilles, Morocco, Suriname, and Turkey.
  • Transcriptions of serf registers from the manor of Zutphen in East Gelderland have been added to Genealogiedomein.
  • Transcriptions of various church records from towns on the island of Goeree-Overflakkee have been added to HoGenDa. The website requires a membership.
  • Scans of the Water Board of Amstel, Gooi and Vecht records (1438-1990) are now available online.

Atlas of the water board of Amstelland (public domain)


  • The Royal Library, the War Sources Network and the Indisch Herinneringscentrum [Indies Memorial Center] are creating a web portal with digitized records about the former Dutch East Indies. The digitized material will become available online in 2024-2025. [Source: Historiek]
  • The Regionaal Historisch Centrum Limburg is reorganizing and digitizing the records of the Militair Gezag Limburg [Military Authorities Limburg] 1944-1947. They will become available at the RHCL website.
  • Collectie Overijssel is asking people to submit transcriptions they made of records in their collection. They will be made available online with the records. [Source: Collectie Overijssel]
  • The Gelders Archief is looking for volunteers to transcribe Hanseatic trade voyages from the archives of the city of Arnhem. The results will be used in a research project by the Radbout University. See the Hanzesteden website for more information.
  • Notarial records of Tiel (1925-1935) are being scanned and are currently not available in the reading room. They will become available at the Gelders Archief website in 2022.
  • The Drents Archief acquired 23 short videos from the Stuart family in Assen, with images from the 1930s and 1940s. The material will be digitized and published via the Drents Archief website.
  • The Zeeuws Archief is digitizing the records of nine important families from Zeeland (De Huybert, Schorer, Pous-Tak van Poortvliet, Van Doorn, Spoor, Sprenger, Brown, Mauritz, Clijver. The records will help fill gaps as the result of the destruction of government archives in World War II.

Schorer family archives call no. 101, with playing card


  • Due to COVID-19 measures, capacity in archives is limited. Most archives require reserving a seat in advance. Some archives have closed since employees are working from home. Check the websites of the archives for details.
  • A new Archive Law has been submitted to the Tweede Kamer, the Dutch House of Representatives. It includes several changes to make sure digital information will be preserved. Under the new law, records will be turned over to archives after ten years rather than the current twenty years. [Source: Nationaal Archief]
  • The records of the Free University of Amsterdam will be transferred to the Amsterdam City Archives. The records, covering the 1880-2002 period, will be described and an online finding aid will be available. [Source: Geheugen van de VU]
  • The Utrechts Archief will renumber the notarial records of Utrecht. The old “U-numbers” (e.g. U001a001) will be changed. The old numbers will still be published, but will not be the call number anymore. You can still search by the old numbers. [Source: Het Utrechts Archief]
  • The Utrechts Archief has a new scanning partner for their scanning-on-demand service. This will speed up the service so records will be available within three weeks rather than five.
About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, CG® 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 certificate 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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