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
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.
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.