Dutch Genealogy News for October 2020

Here are new websites and sources that were announced last month.


  • The Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum added several indexed and scanned notarial records from the east of Noord-Brabant from 1900-1925 to their website. See their announcement for a full list of places and dates.
  • The New York State Archives created a new research guide with links to scans, translations, and published translations of their New Netherland records.
  • The Regionaal Archief Tilburg scanned several church records from in and around Tilburg from 1650-1811 that were missed during earlier digitization projects. The registers have not been indexed but the scans can be browsed via the “Zoek in Registers” feature. See the announcement for an overview of the scanned registers.
  • The Regionaal Archief Tilburg finished their project to scan and index all population registers from the municipalities in the Tilburg area. The records contain more than 1.3 million names! You can search the records via their website.
  • Church membership records of Franekeradeel in Friesland were added to Alle Friezen.
  • The Leiden University Libraries have digitized over 1000 post-medieval manuscripts and records. They can be accessed via their Digital Collections.

Cryn van Zuyderhoudt (1704-1784), ABC-boek. (Leiden University: LTK 1889)

Archives, Libraries, Museums

  • A compilation of several church records from Zeeland were added to GeneaScript.
  • The Advisory Committee for a national policy on colonial collections advised the Netherlands to return art looted during the colonial era. Read the NL Times article for more information.
  • The Beeld en Geluid [Image and Sound] institute won an award for archiving audiovisual material of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands, in collaboration with the National Archives. [Source: Beeld en Geluid]
  • The Regionaal Archief Rivierenland, the regional archives that manages the archives of several municipalities in the west of Gelderland, started a pilot for a free Scanning on Demand service. You can order two call numbers per week. You can order the scans via their finding aids at Archieven.nl (recent or fragile records are excluded).
  • The court records of Tuil prior to 1811 will be transferred from the Gelders Archief to the Regionaal Archief Rivierenland. [Source: Gelders Archief]

View of Tuil, 1810. Collection Gelders Archief (public domain)


  • A new project started to index the notarial records from west-Gelderland between 1811 and 1935. See the Vele Handen project for more information and to volunteer.


  • Nature published an article “Dutch Population Structure across Space, Time and GWAS design,” which analyzes the genetic structure and demographic change across the Netherlands using genetic data. The article is available as open access via Nature.
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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