New Archive and Website in West-Brabant

Important news for those of us with ancestors from the western part of Noord-Brabant: a new regional archive, the West-Brabants Archief, will now house the records of the following municipalities:

  • Bergen op Zoom
  • Etten-Leur
  • Halderberge
  • Moerdijk
  • Roosendaal
  • Rucphen
  • Steenbergen
  • Woensdrecht
  • Zundert


The West-Brabants Archief is the result of a merger of the archives department of Markiezenhof, the municipal archives of Bergen op Zoom; the municipal archives of Roosendaal; and the Regionaal Archief West-Brabant, the regional archives of West-Brabant that already had the records of the other municipalities.

The reading room is at the Steenbergsestraat 6 in Bergen op Zoom. It is located in the Markiezenhof, a gorgeous building from the 1400s that formerly housed the court of the Marquis of Bergen op Zoom.

old building

Markiezenhof. Credits: Liko_Foto, Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY-SA).

Genealogical records

Many of their genealogical records have been scanned and indexed and can be accessed in the Voorouders [Ancestors] section of the website. Click the [+]-button next to the search box for advanced search options. Don’t forget that Dutch search engines only find exact matches, so don’t fill in too much and use * as a wildcard to search for variations.

The website offers an online chat function during (Dutch) opening hours if you need help using the website.

screenshot West-Brabants Archief

About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, MLitt, CG®, QG™ is a professional genealogist, writer, and lecturer in the Netherlands. She has a Master of Letters in Family and Local History from the University of Dundee, and holds the Certification of Genealogist and Qualified Genealogist credentials. Yvette served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists and won excellence awards for her articles in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. Yvette has been doing genealogy for over 30 years. She helps people from across the world find their ancestors from the Netherlands and its former colonies, including New Netherland. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.

Leave comment