Dutch Genealogy News for October 2023

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


  • Regionaal  Archief Zutphen is indexing the church membership records of Brummen, Hall, Gorssel, Laren, Lochem, Warnsveld and Zutphen. Each Thursday, the newly entered entries are added to their ancestor database.
  • The society Veluwse Geslachten has made 37 publications, mostly transcriptions of church records of various places in north-west Gelderland, available for free to their members. Check their website for a list and membership options.
  • Several indexes and abstracts of notarial and court records of the Gouda area have been added to Archiefman.
  • The City Archives of Schiedam have used handwritten text recognition technology to make notarial records of Schiedam (1604-1792) searchable.
  • West-Brabants Archief digitized the municipal reports 1850-1935 of several municipalities in West-Brabant, including Etten-Leur, Roosendaal, and Bergen op Zoom. You can consult the scans via Bladeren in Bronnen.
  • Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum has added scans and indexes of several church and court records of the eastern part of North Brabant to their  website.
  • Zeeuws Archief transcribed letters from Suriname, 1667-1681. You can search the records in the finding aid.
  • Regionaal Archief Tilburg digitized the aldermen’s court records of Terheijden 1561-1811. Scans can be found in the finding aid. The scans have been automatically transcribed and can be searched at VerledenTekst.
  • Regionaal Archief Tilburg has digitized different records about World War II in Tilburg and the surrounding area. The scans can be consulted via the finding aids.
Allied soldier hugged by girls.

Allied soldier hugged by girls. Source: Collection Anefo, Nationaal Archief.


  • A new project started transcribing birth certificates of the districts in Suriname, starting with the 1860-1880 period. [Source: @Slavenregisters]
  • The Central Bureau for Genealogy is indexing birth records of children born in Germany between 1900-1945 who have at least one German ancestor. The results will become available for CBG members. Volunteers can report to Het Volk.
  • Noord-Hollands Archief is digitizing the records of the Abbey of Egmond, one of the oldest abbeys in the Netherlands. The scans will become available online in 2025. [Source: NHA]

Papal bull from 1140, in the Abbey of Egmond archives (public domain)


  • The King of the Netherlands has decreed that the personal records of the royal family until 1948 will become public as of 1 January 2024. This will allow more people to research the role of the Dutch royal family during World War II. The records can be consulted by appointment at the Noordeinde palace in The Hague. [Source: Koninklijk Huis]

King William III of the Netherlands. Credits: Nicolaas Pieneman, via Wikimedia Commons (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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