Dutch records that are public as of 1 January 2018

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!

Birth record of Catharina Flooren. Civil Registration (Breda), birth record 1917 no. 709; Stadsarchief Breda (http://stadsarchief.breda.nl).

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).

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. Bernadette Flynn (nee Jacobs) says

    Happy New Year Yvette,
    Thank you for the information about the new records released. My Parents (separately) both emigrated to Australia at the end of or soon after the end of WWII so this release and releases from recent past years will be of great assistance to me (I haven’t done a lot of family history the last couple years). I have also just found and completed your Sept 2015 webinar on Legacy Family Tree Webinars and found it to be a wealth of information pointing me in new directions that I didn’t know existed or if I did, I didn’t know how to used them. Thank you. Will you be doing any more Webinars?

    • I don’t have any plans for webinars, but my lectures at the National Genealogical Society conference will be available for purchase as download. For Dutch immigrants to Australia, the National Archives of Australia has a wealth of information too. They have indexed the naturalization records and you can order the scans.

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