Genealogical Resources in the Netherlands

Professional Genealogists 

For those seeking on-site assistance with research on their ancestors in the Netherlands, these professional genealogists can be hired for a fee. Contact each individual to inquire about details and fees. 


Eric Ruijssenaars
Can be viewed in Dutch or English

Ruijssenaars is a Dutch historian located in the city of Leiden. 
For more information, visit his website or email him at or


Yvette Hoitink

Hoitink is a Certified Genealogist in the Netherlands who specializes in researching Dutch ancestors for people around the world. For those interested in New Netherland history, Yvette’s website notes that

30,000 scans of records about the Dutch West India Company (WIC) and Dutch East India Company (VOC) from the archives of the States General have been added to the gahetNA website of the National Archives. View the scans in the finding aid of the States General. These records are especially valuable since many of the early WIC records were sold for scrap paper, so the records in the States General records are sometimes the only surviving copies. The records include Adriaen van der Donck’s Beschrijvinge van Nieuw Nederlant [Description of New Netherland] from 1655, that was an important source for Russell Shorto’s famous book Island at the Center of the World.


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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