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Dutch archive news November 2009

  • Many archives announced limited opening hours and service around the holidays.
  • Genlias added new birth records from Utrecht, new marriage records from Friesland, and new death records from Friesland and Utrecht.
  • The National Archive opened an e-depot. Nowadays many government records are only created electronically. These records need to be remain accessible for interested parties and have to be archived and kept for future generations, just like the paper records of the past. Though currently a pilot with just a few records, the e-depot of the national archive will eventually electronically store and archive these records.
  • The first selection of audiovisual material for Open Images is now available online. The subjects of the 469 items that can now be found on Open Images are very diverse, such as an item about a caravan that can also be used as a boat, a video about the Tour de France in the Netherlands and about the first residents of Almere city.
  • Drenlias is adding tax registers from the 17th and 18th century. The Groningen archive is publishing estate inventories online. So if your ancestors lived in Groningen or Drenthe you can soon find out if they prospered.
  • The Amsterdam city archive published pre-1811 burial registers on their website, available here.

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