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Dutch Archives-Nederlands Archief

See also: Project:Nederlands_Portaal/Archieven and Space:Nederlandse_Archieven

Work in progress!!



There is a multitude[1] of online Dutch resources available for genealogy research. Important resources are listed here, mainly providing access to official archives and images of source documents. The portal WieWasWie (WhoWasWho) can be considered the first site to visit:

  • Covers all of The Netherlands
  • In many cases access to images of the original document
  • Increasing numbers of archives supply more parts of their record collections

In the tables below a "Yes" in the column "More" links to a more informative page.

Given the many resources one might adopt a strategy for the order in which they can best be examined. This is an example of a strategy.


The portals below provide links to many Dutch archives and other websites, or offer direct access to source documents.

Name More English Search results
WhoWasWho Yes Yes Source documents by entering search criteria.
geneaknowhow ToDoNoChoosing a province gives a page with links. Search in this page with your browser search function.
genealogiewerkbalkToDoNo Searches for FamilySearch films with Name of Place, Type of Certificate, Year or Range.Term in Register Name.
Open ArchivesToDoYes Source documents by entering search criteria.
ArchievenToDoYes Source documents by entering search criteria.

Province Archives

These archives administer the original documents of birth, baptism, marriage, death, and more. Their websites offer searching parts of their record collections online.

Search criteria vary: from just geographical ones to multiple personal details including support of wildcards. Search results vary: one image for every hit or a batch of images to be scrolled to the right image.

All archives participate in WhoWasWho, supplying that portal with (parts of) their record collections. Can be visited to search those parts of their collections not (yet) supplied to WhoWasWho.

Name Province More English Search criteria Search result
gahetNA(National Archive)Zuid-HollandToDoYesGeographical Batch
Alle FriezenFrieslandToDoYesAdvancedImage
Historisch Centrum OverijsselOverijsselToDoNoGeographical Batch
Gelders ArchiefGelderlandToDoNoBasicBatch
Het Utrechts ArchiefUtrechtToDoToDo
Brabants Historisch Informatie CentrumNoord-BrabantToDoNoToDo
Regionaal Historisch Centrum LimburgLimburgToDoYesToDo
Noord-Hollands ArchiefNoord-HollandToDoNoToDo
Zeeuws ArchiefZeelandToDoNoToDo

Regional Archives

Name Main city
Streekarchief Midden-HollandGouda
Groene Hart ArchievenAlphen aan den Rijn
Archief EemlandAmersfoort
Twents StreekarchiefEnschede
Waterlands Archief Purmerend
Westfries ArchiefEnkhuizen
Streekarchief Voorne-Putten en RozenburgBrielle
Regionaal Archief RivierenlandTiel
Streekarchief Langstraat Heusden AltenaWaalwijk
Streekarchief Rijnlands MiddenAlphen aan den Rijn
Regionaal Archief ZutphenZutphen

City Archives

The table below contains only a small subset of all city archives.

Den Haag ('s Gravenhage)


Translations and transcriptions of documents relating to New Netherland
Holland many sources/links
moderated dossier of sources for genealogical research
MG Baltes genealogy site
de Buurtjeskerk Database
Kistemaker Netwerk
Search over 1 million Dutch books, newspapers and magazines
Sneuperdokkum Historische vereniging Noord-Oost Friesland
Bokkenrijders and their descendants
History of Baarn and it's inhabitants , archive
Familysearch International Genealogical Index (IGI)
Registers obligatory military service
Paleography 17th century
WatWasWaar, a national platform for disclosing historical-geographical information on the Netherlands
Quick way to search sources before 1811 in Zuid-Holland
Search by name in published trees
BIOGRAPHY portal of the netherlands
Rederijkers in de Noordelijke Nederlanden (1480-1650)
Biografisch Woordenboek van Nederland
Nieuw Nederlandsch Biografisch Woordenboek (NNBW)
Biografisch Woordenboek Gelderland
Database Joods Biografisch Woordenboek
Westfries Biografisch Woordenboek
Hoorns Biografisch Woordenboek
Het Biographisch Woordenboek der Nederlanden
Dutch-English dictionary from 1801
Baptisms of the Dutch in Brasil (1633-1654): Index
Baptisms of the Dutch in Brasil (1633-1654): Transcriptions part 1, beginning on pages 141, 169, 197, 225, 253
Baptisms of the Dutch in Brasil (1633-1654): Transcriptions part 2, beginning on pages 1, 25, 49, 73
The Royal Netherlands Society for Genealogy and Heraldry
The Marriage, Baptismals, and Burial Registers, 1571-1874, and Monumental Inscriptions, of the Dutch Reformed Church, Austin Friars, London
Historisch Genootschap Oud Soetermeer - Zoetermeer en Zegwaart
Registres de l'Eglise Réformée Néerlandaise de Frankenthal au Palatinat
van Helsdingen Genealogie: Transcriptions of church records from the Salland region in Overijssel
Dutch East Indies 1864-1881: European Inhabitants and Civil Register
Dutch WW II Search Engine: War Lives
List of old to new place names. from research by Amsterdam Municipal Archive
Surname registration (1811/1825): List of online searchable registers
List of historical events in the Netherlands

Image Policies

  • Gelders Archief- "We welcome the use of our images on other websites. The only thing we ask for is the right source indication. For example: Gelders Archief 0207-1600 (archive number – inventory number) this way people can find the image in our archive." [2]
  • Haags Gemeentearchief - "You can download the scans of records from Haags Gemeentearchief and publish them on a free, non-commercial website. You are however required to mention the source (Haags Gemeentearchief)" [3]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Map of Dutch archives
  2. inlichtingen@geldersarchief.nl, email to Rob Ton, 1 Dec 2014.
  3. digitalestamboom@denhaag.nl, e-mail to Rob Ton, 28 July 2015.


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Learn about Dutch archives and libraries at this other genealogy website.

It is in English. https://www.thefhguide.com/project-9-netherlands02.html

posted by Kenneth Fles
Hoi Jan,

Zou je deze pagina (link) ook bij de miscellaneous kunnen plaatsen ? Bertram heeft er aan gewerkt, (de pagina heeft info over en links naar bronnen in Grafschaft Bentheim) heel handig. (en je kunt het wel een beetje net als de Nederlandse kolonies beschouwen) Landkreis Grafschaft Bentheim (Re)sources: "Nestled into a corner of the provinces of Overijssel and Drenthe in the Netherlands, historically Grafschaft Bentheim shares more with Dutch culture than German."

Alvast bedankt ook namens Bertram !

Bea x Bea

posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
Hoi Jan,

Bij alle Friezen hebben ze nu een link toegevoegd naar Familysearch als de akte niet bij alle Friezen beschikbaar is en nog opgezocht moet worden, echt heel handig :D

Groetjes en fijn weekend,

Bea x

posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
Hi Jan,

Here's Registres de l'Eglise Réformée Néerlandaise de Frankenthal au Palatinat 1565-1689 Publies par Adolf von Velden, it's in French but it has marriages and baptisms from Frankenthal, many Walloon/ French Huguenots (and probably others as well) from Leiden etc. went there .. it's a bit the same as the Dutch in Brasil I guess, and there are many familiar names in it so adding it here.

Have a wonderful weekend, Bea :)

I downloaded the book, it's a PDF for the baptisms and a PDF for the marriages and tried to upload them to WikiTree, but they were too large

posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
Hi Jan,

I'm new to genealogy research, but have been digging into my paternal and maternal ancestors basically through Ancestory.com (not as a member) and have found an ancestor from 1633. Not sure how to proceed.

posted by Dennis Ling
Ran across this page that seems to have a fairly comprehensive list of archives:


posted by Rob Ton
Maybe this is already covered with the http://www.wiewaswie.nl/ website, but I did not see any links to https://www.tresoar.nl/ . Should this be added to the Province Archives for Friesland?
posted by Erik Oosterwal
I thought there was a page for searching passengerlists of immigrants. Just can t find it back. I have some nice links to easen finding Dutch immigrants.
Hi Jan,

Here they have a lot of records /transcripts from before 1800 , not only for Leeuwarden , but from other area's and places at Friesland as well :) https://historischcentrumleeuwarden.nl/ en weet niet of je deze al hebt ? Van papier naar digitaal : http://www.geneaknowhow.net/vpnd/project-papier-digitaal.html van Papier naar digitaal all provinces (has transcripts + records)

posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
http://www.historischarchiefwestland.nl/ has no online search functions. Post 1811 records are available at https://www.wiewaswie.nl/, DTB's at http://www.gahetna.nl/. Use "Quick way to search sources before 1811 in Zuid-Holland" (http://pauwel.blogspot.nl/), link contributed recently by B.w.j. Molier.
posted by Jan Terink
I would suggest adding http://www.historischarchiefwestland.nl/ but I am not sure how much useful genealogical content they have as they block international connections (or Canada at least) and going through a proxy is just too annoying for me to bother with spending any length of time discovering what their site has available.
posted by Rob Ton