Digital formats (form)

In the Digital Archives, archive sources are made available to users in different ways. Learn more about our digital formats here.

The sources in The Digital Archives are digitalised in different ways and can therefore exist in different formats (forms). An archive source must be available in at least one form, but can also be available in multiple. For example, a church book can exist in both a scanned and searchable format.

Scanned archive sources

Scanned archives sources are sources that are either photographed or scanned such that a picture of the source is made available in the The Digital Archives. A scanned source can be a photograph, a map, a journal or other form of paper source. When an archive source is scanned, you can search for it by making use of metadata The Digital Archives have registered for that source. You cannot search in the source's content, but you can still navigate through it based on the metadata The Digital Archives have registered.

You can find scanned archive sources via Find source, or go straight to the main page for scanned material in The Digital Archives.

Searchable archives

Either complete, or parts of archives are transcribed, with the content structured in a database and made available for searching. Note that some details in the source may be represented by standard codes and that dates have been converted to standard ISO-format in such cases where the entire date was available in the source (year, month and day).

You can find searchable archive sources via Find Source


Full-texts are archive sources which have been transcribed but not structured. These are unstructured texts which cannot be searched using the search forms in The Digital Archive, but it is possible to read the source without having any knowledge of the original handwriting style.

Some full-texts can be located via Find source, while others are only available here: Full-text transcriptions.