Quick Tip – Image bank at Archieven.nl

The website Archieven.nl presents archival descriptions, genealogical indexes, and image collections of several archives in the Netherlands.

I love searching the image collections for places where my ancestors lived. I have found maps there, old photos of the streets where my ancestors lived, even the occasional school photo though unfortunately none where I recognized an ancestor. Some archives even uploaded objects like prayer cards or business letter heads.

Try searching for the following names:

  • Ancestor’s last name
  • Town
  • Hamlet
  • Street
  • School
  • River
  • Employer’s name (e.g. factory, organization)

You can filter the result for the type of image you want.


Area east of Winterswijk, about 1600. Credits: Gelders archief, 0124 Hof van Gelre en Zutphen 5022 (public domain)

About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, CG® is a board-certified genealogist in the Netherlands. She has been doing genealogy for almost 30 years. Her expertise is helping people from across the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.


  1. Great site . Enjoying searching

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