Sources about Slavery – 1.9 Million Records Online

Important archives about slavery, including the role of the Dutch in the slave trade and enslaved people in Dutch colonies, have been digitized over the past years. 1.9 million scans have now become available from institutions in the Netherlands, England, Guyana, and Suriname.

The sources can be accessed from a new page at the website of the National Archives of the Netherlands.


Enslaved people working at a Suriname plantation, 1850. Credits: Th. Bray, Wikimedia Commons (public domain)

The National Archives has digitized the following record groups relating to slavery:

Indexes of records relating to enslaved people in Dutch colonies include:

Slavery collections from other institutions:

About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, CG® is a board-certified genealogist in the Netherlands. She has been doing genealogy for almost 30 years. Her expertise is helping people from across the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.

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