The freely searchable collections are comprised of birth, baptism, marriage, death, church, notarial, army service and passenger list records and population registers. Some of the records date back to 1564. Considering the population of the Netherlands is 17 million people today, the size of these collections makes it highly likely family historians will find the ancestors they’re seeking.
The breadth of record types now available provide a fantastic opportunity to learn more about a Dutch ancestor’s life.
There are also 12 free learning courses to help those searching Dutch ancestry and online volunteer indexing projects to make additional Netherlands records freely accessible.As we have discovered, my wife and I both have some relatives in the distant past from the Netherlands. These records enable us to do research in this area.