Alkmaar is situated in the northern part of Holland near the coast of the North Sea. In 1254 it was given municipal rights by count William II of Holland, and soon became prosperous as a centre of trading. In 1573, during the Dutch revolt, the city succesfully withstood a siege by a Spanish Army. The slogan Alcmaria Victrix, well-known in the Netherlands, dates from those days. Nowadays the town has around 93.000 inhabitants. For tourists it still organizes the famous cheese-market, a relic from the past when Alkmaar was a very important agrarian market-town.
The 'Regionaal Archief'
The Regionaal Archief holds records of past and current civic administrations and associated agencies of Alkmaar, the communities around Alkmaar, viz. Bergen, Castricum, Den Helder, Graft-De Rijp, Harenkarspel, Heerhugowaard, Heiloo, Hollands Kroon, Langedijk, Schagen, Schermer and Zijpe (see map), and a number of predecessors of the water-board Hoogheemraadschap Hollands Noorderkwartier. The Regionaal Archief also preserves archives of non- governmental organizations as well as personal (i.e. of local families) records and archives.
Guides and databases
On the internet the Regionaal Archief Alkmaar presents the inventories of archives (search and demand).
A lot of genealogical data is to be found on the site: you can search by name, browse genealogic sources, and search for data of house-owners in the historical centre of Alkmaar in a so-called kadaster).
The library catalogue and the image database are available on-line. Some newspapers have been digitized.
Links are provided to other archives in the Netherlands and abroad.
You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.
For genealogical information a payment is required. Depending on the amount of time research takes, the costs are € 9 for every quarter of an hour.
Regionaal Archief Alkmaar
1800 GE Alkmaar