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Questions and answers

Archive research is very exciting, but it can also sometimes be quite difficult. The Nationaal Archief can help you with your research. One of your first ports of call is the website. You can search the website in several ways.

  • Using the general search function. You will find this in the top right-hand corner of every page. You can enter your search terms in the box. The search results will be listed in various columns: the website, indexes, archives, and the photograph and map collections.
  • Directly in the archive inventories. You will find these under ‘Collection’. You can do either a standard search or an advanced search in the search box by entering one or more search terms. These results relate to the archive collection only.
  • Using the indexes. Each of the indexes relates to a specific archive. You can use them to search by name, for example. The number of indexes on the website will increase over the next few years.
  • Directly in the photograph or map collection. You will also find these under 'Collection'.

For extra help, we have posted some research guides on this website (in Dutch). You will find these under ‘Q and A’. These guides take you through the process of doing research step-by-step. You will also find FAQs under ‘Q and A’.

Still having difficulty? Then submit a question to the Nationaal Archief by clicking on the ‘Contact form’ button below. If you do not want to or are unable to do the research yourself, you can ask the Nationaal Archief to do it for you. A fee is of course payable for this service. is a website of the National Archives of The Netherlands in cooperation with the Society for the National Archives and Spaarnestad Photo.
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