Tracing ancestors in The Netherlands and Flanders.
(This portal is associated with the Portaal voor Nederlandstaligen, the portal for Dutch speaking Geni users)
This is the access point for the global Geni user community to the Dutch speaking users and Dutch-language sources. This portal helps you to find...
- Dutch-speaking users who can help you with your research
- access to online sources in The Netherlands and Flanders, such as registries and archives
If you have Dutch or Flemish ancestors, or if you study ancestral lines in the Dutch language sphere, please follow and participate in this project.
Access to Dutch speaking users
At the associated Portaal voor Nederlandstaligen (portal for Dutch speaking Geni users), you will find hundreds of registered users. However, your place to communicate with them is this International Dutch Portal. You need help with sources? You need an expert opinion? You want further collaboration or start projects with Dutch speaking users? If you have a request, please start a 'discussion' and formulate your question - someone will pick it up!
- HELLO DUTCH SPEAKERS... could you please translate?
- How to handle names correctly in Dutch profiles? - A guideline from Dutch Geni-users to improve the quality of name processing in The Netherlands and Flanders.
Access to sources in The Netherlands and Flanders
Please follow the official records as much as possible.
- Civic Registries. Under Napoleonic rule, government administration of birth, marriages and deaths was introduced in Flanders (1796) and The Netherlands (1811).
- Church Records. Since 1563 (the Council of Trent), churches gradually introduced the keeping of birth, marriage and death records (abbreviated in dutch to DTB records). Transcriptions are available on FamilySearch microfilm (online).
- Notary Records. These records often go even further back and contain genealogical information around land deeds, house sales, marriage contracts... Some of these are preserved in local archives (rarely online, but with interesting exceptions).
More links and detailed information...
Quick Search Access
Netherlands - NATIONAL, country-level
- Nationaal Archief (English version), the national archives of The Netherlands.
- WIEWASWIE formerly known as Genlias -English version-, the official civil registers - which includes most births, marriages and deaths in The Netherlands, since 1811
Netherlands - PROVINCIAL level, sources...
PLEASE NOTE THAT SINCE THE CREATION OF THIS GUIDE MANY OF THE PROVINCIAL WEBSITES LISTED BELOW HAVE BEEN INCORPORATED INTO THE NATIONAL DATABASE WieWasWie (see above for link)
- Drenthe (Dutch only)
- Friesland (English version)
- Gelderland (Dutch only)
- Groningen (Dutch only)
- Limburg (English version)
- Noord-Brabant (search function in English)
- Noord-Holland (English version)
- Overijssel (English version)
- Utrecht (English version)
- Zeeland (English version)
Netherlands - LOCAL level, official City-sources...
- * etcetera, see also different Provincial pages PLEASE a/o help to complete them !!!!
- Rijksarchief (English version), the national archives in Belgium
- Archiefbank Vlaanderen (English version), online database of private archives in Flanders
- Provincial Sources...
Nederlandse Antillen - (Dutch West Indies)
- Names and naming practices in the Dutch West Indies
- ... attributions welcome ! ...
- ...translations in PAPIAMENTO also welkom....
Indonesia - (Dutch East Indies)
Check out the Digital Sources Netherlands and Belgium site. This holds an extensive collection of links and lists that result from record transcriptions by volunteers.