Dutch term – Niet beschikbaar

Dit bestand is not niet beschikbaarWhen you are using a Dutch website, you may come across the term niet beschikbaar, which means “not available.” For example, you may see an image “bestand nog niet beschikbaar” [file not available yet] in an image bank where the description of the photo or map is available online, but the image itself isn’t, either because of copyrights or because it hasn’t been scanned yet.

You can also see niet beschikbaar in finding aids if the record is not available to the public because of poor material condition, or to indicate that a finding aid is not available.

Dead end nature.

Dead end nature. Credits: Bert Kauffman, Flickr (CC-BY-SA).

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.


  1. Je bedoelde “bestand nog niet beschikbaar” (nog ipv not)
    vriendelijke groet

  2. Farns Mulder says

    Thank you for your very informative and helpful research. My family lived in Den Helder, my 9 brothers and 4 sisters where all born there. In 1952 my family came to Canada , where 1 more brother was born.
    We have many relatives that still live in the Netherlands.

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