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 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. Linda Norris says:

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

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