Happy New Year everybody!
Let’s take a look at some of the records that have become public today:
- Birth records from 1917, which includes my maternal grandmother Catharina Flooren.
- Marriage records from 1942, which includes my grandparents Hendrik Hoitink and Gesiena Wilhelmina Woordes.
- Death records from 1967, which includes my great-grandmother Janna Geertruid Droppers.
It’s a good day for my family tree!
Not all archives immediately scan and index those records, so they may not be available online yet, but they can be requested from the archives.
Some government records become public after 50 or 25 years. Other records have a 75-year limit, such as police records, court records, and notarial records. All these records from 1942 have now become public, which will not only be of interest to genealogists but also to World War II researchers.
Another important record group that has become available is the Nederlands Beheersinstitute [Netherlands control institute], the organization that controlled seized enemy assets and assets of people who had collaborated with the Germans after World War II.
The Nationaal Archief published a list of archives that have become public (PDF, in Dutch).