- Give insight in, and facilitate both institutional and socio-historical research into offices, office-bearers, civil servants and their institutions in the Dutch provinces of Gelderland, Utrecht and Groningen, 1588-1795;
- The repertory makes information accessible that may be of interest to genealogists.
Recently, a number of studies appeared that focus on the nobility, city elites, office-bearers and civil servants, and which were motivated by a general interest in the workings of the political and administrative elites of the Netherlands. A part of this was the electronic, Dutch-language Repertorium van Ambtsdragers en Ambtenaren I (RAA I), published in 2007. This database contains the office-holders and civil servants within the most important institutions over the period 1428-1861. Using the Repertorium, researchers may trace who was involved in processes of politics, administration and the judiciary, the degree of continuity in staffing, and how careers evolved.
For the period of the Dutch Republic RAA I contains data concerning the provinces of Holland, Zeeland, Friesland and Overijssel. This new project extends that effort to the office-holders and civil servants of Gelderland, Utrecht and Groningen assigned to the national and provincial institutions. The setup and modus operandi are identical to previous researches into the period 1588-1795 in RAA I.
More detailed information can be found under http://www.historici.nl/Onderzoek/Projecten/Repertorium (in Dutch).