Dutch Genealogy News for March 2017

What’s new in online Dutch genealogy this past month?

New online records

  • 700,000 marriage records from before 1811 from Gelderland were added to WieWasWie.
  • Scans of marriage supplements of  the Frisian municipalities of Achtkarspelen, Aengwirden, Ameland, Baarderadeel, Barradeel, and Bolsward have become available at AlleFriezen. Other municipalities to follow.
  • Scans of notarial records of Alkmaar 1550-1842 have been added to FamilySearch.
  • The notarial records of Limburg 1842-1895 are also being scanned. The records of notaries in places starting with A through G are available online at Archieven.nl.
  • Photos of court records of Doesburg, Zevenaar and the Lijmers region in Gelderland have been added to Genealogiedomein.
  • Scans of the population registers of the Noord-Holland municipalities of Bovenkarspel, Grootebroek, Hoogwoud, Opmeer, and Spanbroek are now available at the website of the Westfries Archief.
  • Scans have been added to the VOC Voyagers index. This index has information about over 800,000 people who traveled on ships of the Dutch East India Company in the 1800s or their associates. The records show the pay ledgers, which sometimes give information about where and when a person died.
View of Calicut, India, 1665

View of Calicut, India, 1665, one of the outposts of the Dutch East India Company. Image credits: Nationaal Archief

New or improved websites

  • The new version of WieWasWie launched. The new version requires less clicks to see the results and has been optimized for mobile devices.
  • The Regionaal Archief Alkmaar has a new website. Their genealogical search engine provides access to many indexes and scans of records from the region of Alkmaar. The website is available in Dutch only.

DNA news

  • “Netherlanders” is one of the new Genetic Communities identified by Ancestry. About 10,000 of people of Dutch descent who took the Ancestry DNA test were identified as belonging to this community.


  • The Nationaal Archief, the National Archives of the Netherlands, changed the policy for licensing their collection. Where possible, the collection is available in the public domain. Scans of images that are not in the public domain yet but where the National Archives owns the copyright will now become available under a Creative-Commons-Zero license, instead of the former Creative-Commons-Attribution license. This means that large parts of the photo collection of the National Archives may now be used without any restrictions. The website is yet to be updated to reflect the new policy, so for now the CC-BY still applies.
Children in traditional costume

Children in traditional costume, Staphorst, 1946. Credits: Charles Breijer, collection Nationaal Archief (CC-BY)

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Yvette Hoitink is a professional genealogist in the Netherlands. She has been doing genealogy for almost 25 years. Her expertise is helping people from across the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.


  1. Holly (De Vries) Flaherty says:

    I am pleased to see more information available on line for Netherlands genealogy. Thank you for the updates! However, I am still having trouble researching my Frisian ancestors.

    I did come across a name that I wanted to ask about. The birth of Antje was recorded with just the mother’s name: Trijntje Foppes. Later, in Antje’s wedding record – the bride was listed as Antje BOERSMA and again, with just the mother’s name as before. Does Boersma have some meaning other than to identify the father?

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