People don’t always realize how many Dutch records are already available online. I do most of the research for my own family and for clients online. Even before most archives closed because of corona, I only had to go to the archives a couple of times per year despite being a full-time researcher.
Here is an overview of the record types and their typical online availability. The links lead to articles that give more information about the records.
Can usually be found online
- Civil registration records:
- Population registers older than 100 years
- Church records before 1811
Can sometimes be found online
- Notarial records
- Court records
- Orphan chamber records
- Death duties files
- Cadastral records
- Military records
- Prison records
- Town records
- Medieval charters
- Genealogical publications that are out of copyright
Can typically not be found online
- Records that are not public yet, including recent civil registration records
- Church records after 1811
- Personal record cards
- Royal decrees
- Less popular records, such as municipal correspondence
- Private records, such as those kept by families or organizations, who have not turned over their collections to an archive
- Genealogical publications under copyright
In some cases, it may be possible to order scans of records that are not online yet. See the overview of archives providing free scanning on demand.
It may be possible to get dispensation to view records that are not public, for example if you can prove the people involved are deceased, if they are your own records, or if you are the next-of-kin. That will require an on-site visit.
Where to find the online records
Overview of websites per province/city: