Dutch Genealogy News for October 2017

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

Online records

  • The Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum (the Noord-Brabant provincial archives) made 100 meter [about 350 feet] of notarial records available online, mostly from the 1800s. 250,000 records have been indexed, so you can search by name. View the Notarial records.
  • Brabant prison records of more than 300,000 criminals have been added to the Brabant Historisch Informatie Centrum website, for a total of 400,000 criminal records. The records can be found on the Genealogy section of their website.
  • The military draft records of Amsterdam are now available at the Stadsarchief Amsterdam website.
  • Population registers, district registers, and family cards of Schiedam are now available at the SchiedamGEN website.
  • Over 56,000 old books from the Leiden University have been digitized by Google and are now available via Google Books and Delpher. [Source: Universiteit Leiden announcement]
  • City directories of Groningen are now available via Archieven.nl.



  • The Amsterdam Notarial Records have been added to the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.
  • The Regionaal Archief Nijmegen, the regional archives of Nijmegen, changed their website so it now works better on mobile devices.
  • As of 1 November, the West-Brabants Archief is joining the Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum and Regionaal Archief Tilburg in offering the option to ask questions via chat in the evening. This is a fun way to ask quick questions to archivists at these archives.
  • The National Archives in The Hague have now made a high-resolution scanner available in the reading room. Visitors can use this free service to scan records to a thumb drive. [Source: Announcement Nationaal Archief]
  • The Nationaal Archief and the Arsip Nasional Republik Indonesia, the national archives of the Netherlands and Indonesia, have signed an agreement with future plans. The archives collaborate to digitize colonial archives. [Source: Announcement Nationaal Archief.]


  • The records of the “Domaniale Mijn en Akens-Maastrichtse Spoorweg Maatschappij,” a Limburg mining and railroad company, are being inventoried to make them more accessible. The records span 208 meters [about 650 feet] and cover the period from 1797 to 1980. They contain the oldest mining records in the country. [Source: Announcement Regionaal Historisch Centrum Limburg]

Domaniale Mijn. Credits: Collection Rijckheyt (public domain)


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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