Genealogical Resources in the Netherlands



Elementary school class in Loosdrecht, Netherlands in 1895.
Exhibit creator Ellen Zunon's grandmother is in the top row, 4th from the left.

Why do genealogy?

To find your ancestors
To find where you and your family came from
To find where your family has been
To understand how you and your family are connected to and woven into the past

For more than four decades, the New Netherland Institute (NNI) and the New Netherland Project (now the New Netherland Research Center) have focused on the transcription, translation, and publication of the records of the seventeenth-century colony of New Netherland, North America's only Dutch colony. These records are an indispensable genealogical resource, and researchers can access them on our Online Publications page.

Some may wish to extend their research from New Netherland into the (old) Netherlands. To this end, NNI offers the following pages of resources related to genealogical research in the Netherlands.

Please note that the information on the following pages is offered for informational purposes only and should not be taken as an endorsement of any particular resource or person.

Exhibit created by Ellen Zunon with additional input from E. James Schermerhorn.

About the New Netherland Institute

For over three decades, NNI has helped cast light on America's Dutch roots. In 2010, it partnered with the New York State Office of Cultural Education to establish the New Netherland Research Center, with matching funds from the State of the Netherlands. NNI is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. More

The New Netherland Research Center

Housed in the New York State Library, the NNRC offers students, educators, scholars and researchers a vast collection of early documents and reference works on America's Dutch era. More


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