Most genealogical information in the Netherlands is available free of charge. Government archives are required to make existing information available free-of-charge. This is why you will not be charged to access online records at the websites of Dutch archives.
Private organizations can charge for access. Some organizations have created databases or transcriptions that are available as a member benefit. Here are some examples.
Please note that the websites of these organizations are usually available in Dutch only. Membership fees are typically modest (€ 12-50 per year). Some have a cheaper digital-only membership if you do not want to receive their magazine. Check the website or contact the organization to understand what is and is not included.
CBG | Centrum voor Familiegeschiedenis
The CBG | Centrum voor Familiegeschiedenis [CBG Center for Family History] is a documentation for family history in The Hague. Becoming a “friend” of the CBG gives access to their online collections, including:
- Death announcements
- Prayer cards
- Various sources for the Dutch East Indies
- Algemeen Politieblad, the Police Journal, which includes information about police officers, descriptions of wanted criminals, etc.
Being a friend of the CBG also gives a discount on their other services, including ordering personal record cards. You can also get a combined rate for a WieWasWie subscription, which gives advanced search options for that website.
Ons Voorgeslacht / HoGenDa + HoFoDa
The Holland genealogical society Ons Voorgeslacht [Our Ancestry] has two websites with information for members:
- HoGenDa, a website with transcribed sources, feudal registers, and family trees. Many of the sources are for South-Holland and North-Holland but several sources are for other areas. You can check the sources (“Bronnen”) before becoming a member.
- HoFoDa, a website with digital photos of original records.
Indische Genealogische Vereniging
The Indische Genealogische Vereniging [Indies Genealogical Society] is the society for research in the former Dutch-East Indies. Its member benefits include access to various Dutch East Indies sources, including church rchurch records, records about civil servants, passenger lists, military records, and heraldic sources.
Stichting voor Surinaamse Genealogie
The Stichting voor Surinaamse genealogie [foundation for Suriname Genealogy] has a members-only section with the following information:
- A database of Suriname birth, marriages, and death records from Suriname newspapers
- Recordings of past online events
- Access to past publications, including Wi Rutu, their magazine.
Veluwse Geslachten is the genealogical society of the Veluwe area in Gelderland. Their members-only benefits include:
- Access to a database with genealogical information of people in the area (1.5 million entries)
- Access to the digital library, including past publications and magazines.
Do you know of other societies that provide access to sources or databases as a member benefit? Please leave a comment.