Online records: Alle Groningers
Alle Groningers is a database maintained by the archives of the province Groningen.
What do they have?
Is there an English interface?
How do I use it?
The easiest way is to fill in achternaam, and maybe tussenvoegsel (infix) or voornaam (given name), and press Start zoeken (start searching), on the left of the page.
You can click Toon uitgebreide zoekopties (show advanced search options) for options like searching on two people, plaats (place), voor (before) or na (after) 1811, or periode (year to/from). If you use periode, you also need to select voor or na 1811, and at least one of geboorte (birth), huwelijk (marriage), overlijden, doop (baptism), or trouw (marriage) - otherwise you will not find anything.
In the list of search results, click on the name to see the details of the act. If the text Akte inzien (view act) is not gray, you can click it to view a scan.
How much does it cost?
The site is currently free, and I expect that will remain so, at least for searching in acts. There is no public statement about future charges for downloading scans.
A Groninger is someone from Groningen, so alle Groningers means everyone from Groningen. The website aims to show data about alle Groningers, from the 17th to the mid-20th century.
Data entry of church books and DTB records will be finished in 2009, scanning of these records in 2010. After that, Alle Groningers wants to add portraits, film and sound fragments, notarial acts, and much more.
Alle Groningers is still a new site, and does not have a lot of info yet that is not also available on Genlias. But that should change soon, as more and more scans will be made available. If the site lives up to its promises, Alle Groningers will be an exciting project for everyone with Groningen roots.
An English interface would be a very welcome addition to this site.