You can quickly search the database by entering a name in the search tool on the homepage. All results that contain this name will show in the next screen. The results come from different kinds of databases. These different databases can be selected and deselected by clicking on the buttons above the search bar. It is possible to search in (multiple) separate databases or in all of them at once.

The person that you are looking for cannot always be found by typing in the name as is known by you. This can be due to small differences in spelling. If your result is not as desired, you can try to search by clicking on the ‘advanced search’ tab and filling in a part of the name. If searching by name gives too much results, you can try to refine the search by adding a birth year or the period in which the person stayed in the colony.


We are currently working on the translation of this website. Up to now, information about the Colonies of the Society of Benevolence and about this website can only be read in Dutch. To access the Dutch version of this website, click on the Dutch flag in the top right corner.

We are constantly adding content and we advise you to keep an eye on the site.