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Dutch archive news roundup: News and announcements from Dutch archives, September 2008

News from the Dutch archives:

  • The annual Landelijke Archievendag (national archives day) will take place on 11 October. Most archives have some activities that day, like lectures and guided tours.
  • The new three-volume Geschiedenis van Groningen (history of Groningen) will be available on 9 October. On 13 October, several authors and editors of the book will visit the Groningen archive for an evening of presentations and discussions about the book and about Groningen history.
  • The Historic Centre of Overijssel organizes a one-day seminar on Familiegeschiedenis als literair genre (family history as literary genre), on 11 October.
  • The Gelderland archive celebrated the tenth anniversary of its participation in Genlias last month. Volunteers indexed almost 1.6 million acts in those ten years.

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Blogger Miriam Robbins said...

Hooray for the National and Provincial Archives! Without all they've done to put records and indexes online, we descendants of immigrants would know so much less about our heritage.

Blogger Henk van Kampen said...

And hooray for all the volunteers who made that possible! Archives were only able to do all this because of the help of many volunteers, who have been indexing for genlias and other projects for over a decade now.

Actually, indexes created by volunteers have been around for a long time. In most Dutch archives you can find printed or handwritten indexes, many of them created by volunteers, and some of these indexes were already created in the 19th century.


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