Dutch records that are public as of 1 January 2019

Happy New Year everybody!

Many record series have schedules that determine when they become public. Here are some of the civil registration records that have become public today:

  • Birth records from 1918, which includes my maternal grandfather Johannes Marijnissen.
  • Marriage records from 1943, which includes my maternal grandparents Johannes Marijnissen and Catharina Flooren.
  • Death records from 1968.

Birth record of Johannes Marijnissen. As a descendant, I was already able to get a photocopy of a microfilm when I first started researching this family.

Not all archives immediately scan and index those records, so they may not be available online yet, but they can be requested from the archives.

Many records involving personal information only become available after 100 years. Some government records become public after 50 or 25 years. Other records have a 75-year limit, such as police records, court records, and notarial records.

Government records that have become public include:

  • Government deliberations about the NATO mission to Srebrenica in 1993
  • Discussions about the suppression of the Prague Spring by the Soviet army in 1968

World War II records from 1943 that have become public include records about

  • Jewish refugees in Vichy-France during
  • England goers
  • Dutch overseas emigrants who refused military service
  • The departure of the royal family to Canada and the birth of the princess Margriet there.

Check the overview of the National Archives records that became public. Other archives may publish their own list.

parents and baby

Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard with their daughter princess Margriet in Canada, 1943. Credits: Collection Nationaal Archief (CC-0)

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.


  1. Linda Norris says

    Thomas Nashe
    Birth ABT. 1570
    Death Unknown
    13th great-grandfather

  2. Denise K Hughes says

    I am interested in learning what you recommend are the main reasons people assume the wrong things about connecting lineages in terms of Dutch patronymics. Are there sources you also think are very helpful in book form for tracing Dutch ancestry. I am a quarter Dutch and could use help in furthering my DeRidder ancestry before the mid 1800s from Gieesen Nieuwkerk, Zuid Holand and trying to connect with a branch that intermarried with the DeRidders that stayed in the Nederlands in the late 1800s and 1900s by the name of Aaldijk. I have found a lot on the Aaldijk family into the early 1900s but would like to locate cousins living today. Thank you.

  3. Interesting fact about the release of records regarding the royal family’s stay in Canada and the birth of Princess Margriet. I wonder what kind of records Library and Archives Canada might have on the subject.

    Still five years away from my paternal grandparents’ records being disclosed. Until then I’ll have to rely on their persoonkarten and trouwboekje, other than my own personal knowledge and other secondary sources. I also have a digital copy of the bevolkingregister, which I understand is now covered by the time period for non-disclosure. My Dutch grandparents records come available the same year the Canadian census for 1931 is released, which will include my Canadian grandparents. It’ll be an exciting year!

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