WieWasWie presents millions of records about persons in the past, aggregated from a large number of Dutch archive organizations participating in WieWasWie. You'll find civil registration records, population registers, church registers and more! In addition, WieWasWie offers so called user generated content: family trees and biographies created by other users. User-generated content is visible to others only if it has been made public by the user.

The most important data from an individual document are shown on the documentdetailpages.If available WieWasWie also shows the scans of the original documents or certificates. With these you forefathers

The database of WieWasWie is refreshed on a daily basis with new data and archives. At this stage WieWasWie contains data from:

- Civil registration certificates (birth, marriage, and death)
- Population registers
- Church books (baptisms, marriages and burials)
- Statements of succession
- VOC Sea-Voyagers
- Family announcements
- Military sources
- Institutional register
- Several (small) collections

Civil registration certificates

Civil registration (in Dutch: burgerlijke stand) is the most important source of basic data about people in the Netherlands for the 19th and 20th centuries. In these civil registers, authorities recorded information about births, marriages, divorces, and deaths.

Population registers

From 1850 until the present day The Netherlands has a continuous population register in which municipalities keep track of who is living within the municipal boundaries. The registers give us a history of the joys and sorrows of life at a particular street address.


Church books

Churches register baptisms, marriages and burials since the 16th century. They contain important information about the people they concern, like names, names of the parents, dates and places. .

Statements of succession

Statements of succession (in Dutch: Memories van successie) handle estates. Using these records may lead you to family members possessions and what happened to them after his or her passing away.


VOC Sea Voyagers

If one of your forefathers worked with the United East Indian Company (in Dutch: Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (VOC)) there is a big chance that his name is registered in one of the ship registers.These registers contain information concerning all kinds of sea voyagers upon ships that sailed to the Orient between 1700 and 1795.

Family announcements

Announcements of birth, marriage and passings from newspapers are very informative for your research to recent generations, but they might also provide you information about the lifestyle and environment of your ancestors. The publication of announcements in the newspapers was introduced from France in the 18th century.


Military registers

Military sources often contain physical descriptions to provide you an imagination of your ancestors. And they give you information about the ability of that person to fulfill the military services in the five years after that momentum.

Institutional Register

This document type contains data from registers from institutions, like prisons, hospitals. At this moment it contains more than 455 thousand thieves, murderers, poachers, arsonists and more.


Several (smaller) collections

WieWasWie also presents a number of smaller collections on less than 100.000 people. These collections are mainly originating from the National Archive and can also be found elsewhere, but they provide an extra entrance to this data.