Why can’t I find my family in the Australian emigrants database? I know they emigrated to Australia.
The Australian emigrants database was based on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ collection of emigration cards. However, not all immigrants were registred that way. A card was only drawn up if the family had contacted the Dutch embassy in Australia. In addition, the cards were registered under the name of the head of the family. The names of wives and children who emigrated with them were entered on these cards.
The Nationaal Archief does not add family names to the database, and the information is not changed or edited. Its contents is based on the original paper documents and therefore will not be altered.