Online cemeteries – Dutch alternatives to Find a Grave

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.

Grave of Dinant Hoitink

Grave of Dinant Hoitink

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.

War graves

  • 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.

Specific cemeteries

Bredevoort 100


Do you have additions for this list? Please leave a comment and we’ll update this page.

About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink is a professional genealogist in the Netherlands. She has been doing genealogy for almost 25 years. Her expertise is helping people from across the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.


  1. Carole Hemstreet says:

    I just found your site and love it. I hope to be able to add some additional information to my family tree. I go back to 1623 when my 7th grandpa was born in Holland. Dirck (Dirkse) van Heemstraaten. I have a lot of information on the LDS web and I wish I could find more information on this grandpa and before him. thank you for your web, it has a lot of information.

    • Hi Caroline,
      Van Heemstraaten is not a Dutch name that I know of. It does not appear in the catalog of the Central Bureau for Genealogy nor in the surname database of the Meertens Institute. It sounds a bit like a Frisian name, Hiemstra, so maybe that can be a clue.

  2. We are coming to the Netherlands for a holiday and I would love to visit my uncles grave while there. He is a New Zealander that married a Dutch lady and they moved to The Netherlands in the late 60’s. We lost contact. There were no children
    His name was Harold Gretton and he married Deanna ?. He was a teacher and a published poet and author.

  3. Louise van Velzen says:

    I am traveling to the Netherlands (from Australia) in July and I’m hoping to find my Opa’s grave.
    Hi details are:
    Petrus van Velzen
    Born Delft 15th September 1898
    Died Delft 3rd May 1937
    From his funeral notice it said the Service was on 7th May 1937 at The Paroniekirk of the sacrament Simon Street and he was to be buried at the Roman Catholic cemetery HH Sacramentten.
    If you have any ideas where I could start to try and locate him it would be greatly appreciated, I have tried Google for everything but to no avail.
    Thanks so much

  4. Gillian Torrance says:

    Hi, I’m looking to track down my husband’s father. He passed away in Holland in 2015. we dont know where he was buried. we would love to find so we could visit and lay some flowers and have a proper good bye.

    we have very limited information as we don’t know the name of the town he lived in.

  5. Fred Geurkink says:

    Found this a couple of years ago. If you scroll down to the map, you can click onto any of the other churches in Groningen. Found some relatives, in these old church grave sites. Glad they are still around.

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