There are thousands of sites that are helpful for researching your ancestors from the Netherlands. This list contains my 10 favorites. I have limited this list to websites that would be useful for people who don’t speak Dutch, which means they are either available in English or self-explanatory.
- Open Archives
This website publishes genealogical records from the archives in the Netherlands, often with scans or links to the original records.
Website where many archives publish their finding aids and genealogical indexes.
Many archives publish their genealogical records on WieWasWie. Advanced search functions require a subscription.
International website that contains many Dutch sources. The linked page leads to a search page to search the indexed records. Also check the Catalog for the place name for unindexed records.
- Digital Resources Netherlands and Belgium
This portal provides links to records that are available online. These can range from name indexes and transcriptions to digitized original records.
- Nationaal Archief
This National Archives website has their finding aids and genealogical indexes, including emigrants to Australia and freed slaves in the West Indies.
This website by the Royal Library contains searchable newspapers, journals, magazines, books, and other publications from many heritage collections.
- Family name database
This database shows the occurrence of Dutch family names based on the 1947 (most recent) census. Fill in a naam (name) and click the Zoek (search) button. A list of names will appear. Select ‘kaartweergave’ (map display) to see the geographical spread.
Website where many Dutch people publish their online trees.
- Dutch Genealogy Facebook group
Facebook group dedicated to Dutch Genealogy. This is a very friendly community where people help each other solve brick walls.
Also check the “Geography” section of this website for tips for individual provinces.