Dutch Genealogy News for October 2018

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

Online sources

Example of Guyana record with water damage


  • The Brabant Collectie (Brabant Collection) of the Univesity of Tilburg and Brabants Heem, an organization representing 123 local history societies in Noord-Brabant, have started a project to digitize magazines and newspapers from Noord-Brabant. [Source: GMS]
  • Maps of the IJsselmeer [IJssel lake] polders in Flevoland are being digitized [Source: @HFArchief]
  • 164,622 civil registration records from Breda have been indexed by volunteers via the crowdsourcing platform Vele Handen. The results will be published at the Stadsarchief Breda website.
  • The Indische Genealogische Vereniging, the genealogical society for the East Indies, is collaborating with Jeroen van Luin from the National Archives to index the supplemental pages of the Dutch East Indies Army. The index will be published via Open Archives. [Source: IGV]

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


  • In Drenthe, several pages from a population register from Diever from 1942 were found in a milk can. The records were hidden during World War II to prevent Germans from accessing information about the residences of Jews and young men who were called up as forced laborers. The severely damaged pages and the milk can were donated to the Drents Archief. [Source: Drents Archief]
  • The Regional Archives Alkmaar acquired a charter from 1661, signed by the famous statesman Johan de Witt, authorizing an annual tax for Noord-Scharwoude to maintiain the dikes. [Source: Regionaal Archief Alkmaar]

1661 charter

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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