News from the Netherlands – August 2014

‘News from the Netherlands’ is a monthly series to inform you about the best new websites, projects and books that help you find and understand your Dutch ancestors.

New records

Map of a river with different cities next to it

IJssel river, about 1575-1600. Source: Deventer in beeld

Project news

  • The Brabant Historical Information Center, BHIC, is starting a crowd sourcing project to index the prison registers from Noord-Brabant. The project kicks off on 4 October with a workshop about finding criminals in records. [Source: BHIC]
  • The Amsterdam City Archives project to index all the “Overgenomen Delen” [population registers listing people that moved away from Amsterdam between 1892 and 1920] is almost finished. 239 books have been indexed.  [Source: Amsterdam City Archives]
  • The Rivierenland Regional Archives are starting a crowdsourcing project to index the population registers of the former municipalities of Geldermalsen, Neerijnen, Buren, Culemborg, Tiel and Neder-Betuwe  between 1820 and 1940. [Source: Velehanden]

Website news

  • WieWasWie, the largest genealogy website in the Netherlands, now contains over 100 million mentions of people. [Source: @Coret]
  • The Digitale Bibliotheek der Nederlandse Letteren [Digital Library of Dutch Literary Works] has found a new home. As of 2015, this collection of digitized publications will be maintained by the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, the Royal Library of the Netherlands. [Source: Koninklijke Bibliotheek]


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About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, CG®, QG™ is a professional genealogist in the Netherlands. She holds the Certified Genealogist credential from the Board for Certification of Genealogists and has a post-graduate diploma in Family and Local History from the University of Dundee. She has been doing genealogy for over 30 years and helps people from across the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.


  1. Bart Lenselink says

    I like those old maps! Both cities of Deventer and Zutphen had a substantial size in the late 16th century. Bronckhorst on the contrary is know as one of the smallest cities of the Netherlands:

    • I love old maps too. I noticed how Bronckhorst was almost on the same scale as Deventer and Zutphen. Sint Anna ter Muiden in Zeeland has the honor of being the smallest city. Having just 20 houses makes it an ideal place for my one-place-study.

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