Overview of service books and other sources relating to servicemen (Army, Navy and Royal Netherlands East Indies Army (KNIL)) for the period 1795-c.1950
This overview is divided up as follows: Period -> Branch of armed forces -> Rank
I’m searching for non-commissioned officers and soldiers in the army in the Dutch West Indies 1815-1950
The Nationaal Archief holds the service book records of regular service personnel in the Dutch West Indies. These contain information on the service personnel who were stationed in the Dutch West Indies, i.e. in Suriname (Dutch Guiana), the Netherlands Antilles or along the coast of Dutch Guinea in Africa. There are various series of service books, each with a different name.
I’m looking for non-commissioned officers and servicemen in the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army (KNIL)
The Nationaal Archief holds the service book records of non-commissioned officers and men of the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army (KNIL). The records relate to European or equivalent regularservicemen and to servicemen recruited from Africa.
The Nationaal Archief holds the military service books of non-commissioned officers and other personnel in the army from 1913. A description of these service books is provided in catalogue reference 2.13.09.
The Nationaal Archief holds the military service books, lists of names, conduct records and pension records of servicemen during the time of the French Empire. This only concerns servicemen who served in the Dutch forces.
Subaltern officers are officers below the rank of major, in other words captains and lieutenants. You can find information about these subaltern officers in the province of Holland during the period 1625-1725 in the archives of the States of Holland and Friesland, and in the archives of the Executive Councils of Holland (Gecommitteerde Raden).
What we mean by the Generality Lands are Brabant of the States (present-day North Brabant), Flanders of the States (present-day Zeelandic Flanders) and Limburg of the States (Hertogenrade, Valkenburg and Dalhem). If you are looking for an officer in the armies of these Generality Lands, you can also consult the Council of State commission books.
The army of the Republic of the United Netherlands (1588-1795) is known as the States Army. If you are looking for somebody who served in this army, you can search the archive of the Council of State. As the operational organ of the States General, this council was responsible for the army.
Slavery was abolished in all Dutch West Indies colonies in 1863. The freed slaves were then officially given both a first name and a surname. The lack of surnames before 1863 makes it very difficult to search for ancestors. And in fact it is almost impossible to track down ancestors before 1830.
Slavery was abolished in Curaçao in 1863. The many freed slaves were officially given both a first name and a surname then. The lack of surnames up to that point makes it very difficult to search for ancestors. It is almost impossible to track down ancestors before 1828.