K.N.I.L. Research

Who am I? Where did my parents come from and who were my ancestors? At some point in their lives most people want to know more about their roots. Many families have a connection with the former Dutch East Indies and often with the KNIL. Grandfathers, fathers, uncles and cousins took part in the rich and turbulent history of this military force that existed between 1814 and 1950. KNILLER helps you to find all the information about these 'knillers'. This research website is also useful for others who are interested in the KNIL.

Resources

KNILLER mainly wants to contribute as a knowledge portal from which you can do further research. Instead of repeating and updating information that is already available online, we link to useful websites of reliable researchers and organizations. Often you can contact the administrators if you have questions. And you can also ask your questions in the our Facebook group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/kniller. We are working on English translations for the searching manuals, so in the meanwhile we suggest to use Google Translate when ending up on a Dutch website.

Stamboeken K.N.I.L.

Military personnel of the Dutch East Indies (KNIL) 1850-1950: lower officers and soldiers. Are you looking for information about the military past of your relatives or others? Then use this search tool to the archives in The Hague.

Stamboeken K.N.I.L.

Military personnel of the Dutch East Indies (KNIL) 1850-1950: officers. Are you looking for information about the military past of your relatives or others? Then use this search tool to the archives in The Hague.

Military Ancestors

Do you have military ancestors? In that case it's good to know that there should be files about their careers in the military. The Dutch Department of Defense gives information and literature to help you with your research.

Internment Cards

Japanese internment cards KNIL. Are you searching for Dutch, Indies, Moluks, Chinese or Menadonese POW's during WWII? Use this search tool. 

Stamps and Symbols

Japanese internment cards are translated into English (partly). The Dutch National Archive provides us with a list of  stamps and symbols in Japanse POW cards (pdf).  

POW Camps

During WWII 41,000 Dutch POW's were held in internment camps troughout East- Asia. Henk Beekhuis' "Japanse Krijgsgevangenkampen" gives  you information about this subject.

Boat- and Passenger Lists

Between 1945 and 1964 300.000 soldiers and civilians from the Dutch East Indies where "repatriated" to  the Netherlands. Herman van Oosten published boat- and passenger lists.

Civilian Registry

Roosje Roos is a research office specialized in families from the Dutch East Indies.   On their website they provide researchers with a tool to search the old Dutch Indies civilian Registry. 

K.N.I.L. Pensions

SAIP does the administration of Indonesian Pensions (K.N.I.L. military). To do so they keep personel files in their archives, which you can request. These files are very interesting.

Images NMM

The Dutch Militairy Museum published many images online. It is very easy to use the search entry and look for KNIL images.

K.N.I.L. Publications

De Java Post wants to look back on the last decades of the Ducht East Indies. You can also find publications about the KNIL (in Dutch).

Newspapers

De website Delpher gives access to 175,000 historic newspapers from the Dutch Indies. You can search with a search tool.