Netherlands National Archives Launches Beta Version of New Catalog to Search and View Records #general #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen



The Dutch National Archives have launched the beta version of its new catalog to search and view their records.


To access it, log into your account or create one at:

In the account settings check the option to use the new presentation for archives, called “ use the new chain access”. If you are having difficult seeing your account settings then click “My account” in the top navigation bar.

Go to:


After you have activated the new presentation in your account then go to the research sections:   This is in Dutch and you will require a translation aide such as


The Archives is not yet finished with the new presentation.

  • The new viewer makes it easier to browse between different scans in the same register. You can zoom in or out and see the whole volume, swipe to go to the next page on devices with touch screens, and quickly navigate between the pages. The viewer is meant to more closely resemble the browsing experience in the physical books.
  • The search results can now be filtered for different aspects, including whether digital files are available.
  • The finding aids now have the hierarchy displayed on the left, to more easily understand the context of the descriptions you’re viewing and to easily navigate within the finding aids.


Thank you to Yvette Hoitink and her Dutch Genealogy Blog for the information.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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