Historical Database Suriname Curacao


from 01/09/2021 until 31/12/2024

Finding information about ancestors that lived in the former Dutch colonies of the Western Atlantic is a difficult task because sources are not available online. The Historical Database Suriname Curacao (HDSC) will make genealogical research much easier by providing information about people who lived in Suriname or Curaçao during the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries. The database will also facilitate further historical research into the lives of inhabitants of Caribbean societies that endured slavery and contract labour.


Aim of the citizen science project is to transcribe civil records from Suriname: birth, marriage and death certificates in an online form. The transcriptions will be publised as open data and can be queried at the websites of the National Archives.

Needed equipment

All you need is a computer or tablet, an internet connection and a command of the Dutch language. You will learn to read manuscripts from the 19th and 20th centuries as you go.

Created April 18, 2023, 10:23 a.m.

Updated April 18, 2023, 10:34 a.m.

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