Digital Family Tree

Archief Delft
Geemente Delft

Note: January 2016. This web resource has been replaced by the more comprehensive Delft Collection at

Digitale Stamboom - Digital Family Tree, the digital archive of the Delft DTB (Dopen, Trouwen, Begraven - Baptism, Marriage, Burial) records.

This web site lets you query most of the records, which were digitized with the spelling as it is on the original document. Happily, the search accepts wildcards. The two screenshots below show the two screens that you will use most.

While the physical records go back to 1575, these digitized records are still catching up. You can check these numbers with the archive inventory to determine church and dates, but as of June 11, 2012, these inventory numbers were available online:

  • Dopen - Baptisms
Inv. nrs. 7-16, 20, 30, 54-64, 83, 88-89, 91- 91a, 95, 101, 103-106, 108, 111-112, 114, 118, 170
  • Trouwen - Marriages
Inv. nrs. 1-5, 21- 28, 31-32, 68-79, 81-82, 85, 87, 93, 97-100, 102, 109-110, 116, 119, 123-124, 127-131, 133- 134, 137, 139 141, 146, 151, 155-158, 160- 162, 164, 169, 171-172, 175
  • Begraven - Burials
Inv. nrs .35, 37, 39, 46-47, 115, 153, 173

This screenshot shows the search query screen, which can be reached by clicking zoeken (search). Across the top, bladeren is a new feature for the Burgerlijke Stand (marital records) after 1812. Bevestigen (confirm) is for checking on the status of any prints of records that you have ordered online. The Bevolkingsregister (register of births, deaths and marriages) covers only 1825-1830.

I checked Trouwen because I want a marriage record. I know the exact year, so I entered it. This web site will show you only 254 results at a time. Some searches for common names or searches with wildcards will produce more than 254 results; re-searching for a range of years will help you break it into manageable chunks. Another way to narrow the search is to choose Plaatsen (places). This database has records for the smaller municipalities surrounding Delft.

The search will let you use wildcards, even in the middle of words, which is a terrific help but tends to produce irrelevant results, often in excess of 254. While Leeuwenhoek's family was the only one so named, it was spelled in an amazing variety of ways, some of them involving the letter x even, as in Leeuwenhoecx. However, the spelling of leeuwen (lions) was settled, so the variation is all in the ending. I don't remember how Leeuwenhoek spelled his name on that occasion in 1654, so I used the standard * as a wildcard.

The lowest button, geavanceerd zoeken (advanced search) will let you apply much more granularity to your search.

This screenshot shows the results of a search for the record of Leeuwenhoek's first marriage. The names are clickable back to the search form filled out for that name. The greyed name means that I have already clicked on it.

Jongeman and jongedochter (young man and daughter) means that neither of them was previously married. Otherwise, it would be weduwnaar or weduwe (widower and widow) and often the name of the dead spouse. Wonend (living) is the street where they were living when they married. Trowen is marriage and ondertrouw is betrothal.

Clicking on Scan beschikbaar (scan available) will show you a downloadable image file of the page of the physical record where it appears. Below that appears the bestel kopie (order copy) and meld fout (report error) buttons. Between them is the inventory and folio number. With them, you can find the document.

As you can see from the archive inventory, inventory numbers 123 through 145 are the city's Ondertrouwboeken (marriage license books) from 1584 to 1811. Number 127 covers the years 1650 through 1656. Registering with the city does not preclude registering with one of the churches, also. However, those are in separate books, so they are separate items in this database, and they are not cross-referenced. The Wikipedia clarifies ontertrouw:

This ancient custom is similar to the publication of banns of marriage, but it is a civil process not an ecclesiastical one. (Ondertrouw does not refer to the banns. The Dutch phrase for "banns" is kerkelijke huwelijksaankondiging.) Ondertrouw existed before the Reformation and was continued afterwards. Ondertrouw has survived into modern times and exists today as a pre-marriage legal requirement in both the Netherlands and Belgium. In both countries civil marriage is compulsory and couples intending to marry register the ondertrouw beforehand at the civil registry (Burgerlijke Stand). Ondertrouw is now analogous to the process of applying for a marriage licence. Sometimes it is referred to as notice of intention to marry (huwelijksaangifte).

Ondertrouw should not be confused with the reading of the banns, engagement or betrothal. The word ondertrouw itself has no English equivalent.

Ondertrouw dates and wedding dates tend to be no less than two weeks apart.