Dutch Genealogy News for September 2020

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


  • Scans and images of notarial records from The Hague (1861-1935) have been added to the The Hague City Archives website.
  • The Regionaal Archief Tilburg added an index of “borgbrieven” [letters of indemnity] from various municipalities in and around Tilburg to their search engine. Learn more about borgbrieven here.
  • The Regionaal Historisch Centrum Eindhoven has published scans and indexes of civil registration records of municipalities in the east of Noord-Brabant. These are records from the 1900s that became public in the last coupe of years. The records can be searched via the RHCE website (Dutch interface) but are also available at Archieven.nl (English interface).
  • Stadsarchief Zoetermeer, the Zoetermeer city archives, digitized the minutes of the city council, and meetings of the mayor and aldermen of Zoetermeer. They can be searched via the archives’ website.
  • The National Archives added 15 million scans to their website. See our previous article for an overview of the new content and links to the record groups that have new scans.
  • The Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum published an index and scans of the Secret Register of Released Prisoners (1882-1896), including their photos. The registers include prisoners who were released after a longer sentence throughout the Netherlands, not just from Noord-Brabant. You can search them at the BHIC website.
  • Indexes and scans of various church records in West-Friesland have been added to the West-Fries Archief website.
  • Transcriptions of various tax and court records from Gelderland have been added to Genealogiedomein.
  • Indexes of church membership records (1616-1811) from the province of Groningen have been added to Alle Groningers.

Tower of the Dutch Reformed Church, Ezinge. Credits: Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed, photo 021077 (CC-BY-SA)


  • A new volunteer project “Tag de Tekst” [tag the text] started at Vele Handen [Many Hands]. They are presented with transcriptions and asked to mark any names, dates, and places they see. This will be used to train an algorithm that can help detect these entities in transcriptions automatically, in order to make the millions of scans of manuscripts searchable.
  • The aldermen’s court of Dongen is being restored in order to digitize the records. The records are temporarily not available in the reading room. Once finished the scans will be available at the Regionaal Archief Tilburg website.
  • The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is looking for family members of the 54 passengers who first arrived at the pier, on 28 February 1928. See our previous article Wanted! First Families of Pier 21.


  • Various archives in the Netherlands have had to limit or change their services as a result of a second wave in the COVID-19 outbreak. Some closed the reading rooms, others limited visiting hours, visiting numbers, or are open by appointment only. If you want to visit an archive, check their website to see the options. Digital services may also be affected if employees are working from home.
  • The Emmen municipal archive is dealing with a fungus outbreak. 126 meters [413 feet] of records have been affected. A specialized firm will clean the records. [source: Dagblad van het Noorden]


  • Dr. Andrea C. Mosterman won the New Netherland Institute’s Annual Hendricks Award for best book or manuscript relating to New Netherland and the Dutch colonial experience in North America. Her manuscript provided a new view on slavery in New Netherland and New York and will be published in the New Netherland Institute Studies series. See the announcement for more details.
View of New Amsterdam

View of New Amsterdam, 1665

About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, MLitt, CG®, QG™ is a professional genealogist, writer, and lecturer in the Netherlands. She has a Master of Letters in Family and Local History from the University of Dundee, and holds the Certification of Genealogist and Qualified Genealogist credentials. Yvette served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists and won excellence awards for her articles in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. Yvette has been doing genealogy for over 30 years. She helps people from across the world find their ancestors from the Netherlands and its former colonies, including New Netherland. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.

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