Attention family historians with an interest in the Netherlands….we are sharing an announcement from the Dutch Jewry web site regarding changes to its databases, web site, and activities.
In the summer of 2020, it states, the Dutch Jewish genealogy organization Amoetat Akevoth will cease its activities, its web site dutchjewry.org will close down, and its data will be transferred to archive.org.
dutchjewry.org had developed into the most comprehensive Dutch Jewish genealogical web site, and Amoetat Akevot had developed and maintained the Dutch Jewish Genealogical Data Base (DJGB).
The announcement says the Amoetat Akevoth board decided to close down after failing to find “motivated and suitable candidates to continue the development and maintenance” of the DJGB.
In preparation for this drastic change, everything possible will be done to preserve our databases in a secure environment, maintaining accessibility for our public, with no meaningful changes in the existing interface and lay-out: though certain inevitable limitations will be forced upon us, they will be kept to a bare minimum.
The transfer of data to archive.org will take place in February and March.
Search commands using familiar keywords like ‘Akevoth’ and ‘Dutch Jewry’ will also continue to find the www.dutchjewry.org
Meanwhile, the activities of the Stenen Archief (Stone Archive) project — the digitization project of the Ashkenazi cemeteries in the Netherlands — will continue unchanged, but management will be transferred to a new Dutch organization (which it did not name).