Not many cemeteries in the Netherlands can be found on international websites like Find a Grave or Billion Graves. There is no Dutch equivalent for these sites, but there are several websites that provide photos of graves.
General grave websites
- Online begraafplaatsen (online cemeteries). Over 500,000 graves from around the Netherlands. To search for a person, fill in the Achternaam (last name) and Voornaam (first name) and press Zoek (Search). No results? Try just searching for the last name as the first name may be incomplete on the grave.
- Graftombe (grave tomb). Select the English version in the top right corner and then click Search. This will give you a list of results including the IDs of the photo. The actual photos can be requested by registered users. Registration is free.
- Begraafplaatsen online (cemeteries online). It provides lists of cemeteries per location. In many cases, once you click through to the cemetery, you can search a list of names.
- Stenen Archief (stone archive). Has indexes and photos of Jewish cemeteries.
- Slachtofferregister Oorlogsgravenstichting (Victim register War Graves Foundation). List of all war graves of Dutch citizens, whether in the Netherlands or elsewhere. Select Slachtoffers and then type in the Achternaam (last name) and Voornamen (first name) or Voorletters (Initials) and press Zoeken (search).
- Adoptiegraven (adopted graves). Graves of American soldiers, adopted by volunteers.
- Bredevoort, Mauritsstraat.
- Sint Anna ter Muiden, church yard.
- Winterswijk, Oude Algemene Begraafplaats (Old General Cemetery). Select Oude Algemene Begraafplaats and then Graven op naam (graves by name) to find the grave number. Then select the corresponding photo page from the Foto nummer (photo number) pages.
- Winterswijk, Nieuwe Algemene Begraafplaats (New General Cemetery). Section A only.
- Winterswijk, Roman Catholic Cemetery in the village.
- Winterswijk, Roman Catholic cemetery in Meddo.
Found the grave?
Just because you found a grave on one of these websites does not mean it is still there. Graves are routinely cleared. Some volunteers photograph stones before they are cleared and add them to these websites to capture the information for future genealogists.
Cannot find the grave?
If the grave is not indexed in one of these websites, it can be hard to find where a person is buried. The information is not included in the death record. You may find an announcement in the newspaper (see Delpher) or in family papers. Otherwise, you could contact the cemeteries in the area where they died, or check the finding aids for the archives in the area to see if old cemetery registers have been turned over to archives. But there is no rule that people should be buried where they died. My grandparents died in Enschede but chose to be buried in their birth place, Winterswijk, for example.
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