Waterlands Archief is located in Purmerend, in the Waterland region in the north-western part of the Netherlands (the green area on the map below). We preserve the archives of both past and current civic administrations and associated agencies in Edam-Volendam, Landsmeer, Purmerend (including Beemster), Waterland and Wormerland, as well as those of the predecessors of the waterboard Hoogheemraadschap Hollands Noorderkwartier in the Waterland region. Waterlands Archief also preserves archives of notaries and non-governmental organizations (such as churches and businesses) as well as personal records and archives (such as those of local families) . We also hold a large collection of images of the region.
On our website you can search:
- Our inventory to discover which archives are preserved by Waterlands Archief;
- Genealogical sources, which can be searched by name in order to uncover genealogical data; you can also browse genealogical sources;
- An overview of building permits and architectural plans that have been preserved;
- Pictures, drawings and maps of the Waterland region;
- Audio-visual-material and video clips from the region;
- Our library catalogue to view titles of books and magazines about the Waterland region held in our collection;
- Newspapers from the region from as long ago as 1854 until 1945.
We can be contacted at
If you wish us to carry out genealogical research on our behalf, then payment is required. This costs € 10 for every 15 minutes, max. 2 hours.