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Welcome to HANSdoc!Willkommen bei HANSdoc!

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The first donation register of the confraternity of St Anne of the
Hamburg merchants with Iceland (15330000HAM00).
Photo: Bart Holterman
HANSdoc is a database of primary sources pertaining to the trade of North German (Hanseatic) towns with the North Atlantic islands (Iceland, Shetland and the Faroe Islands) in the 15th-17th centuries. Of many of these documents, kept in various archives in Germany, Denmark, the United Kingdom and elsewhere, there exists a transcript and/or a digital facsimile. For more information about what HANSdoc is, what it can do for you and how to use it, visit the Documentation page.

The majority of the documents included in HANSdoc consists of charters, letters, diplomatic correspondence, and legal documents. These have been indexed on persons, places, commodities, and ship names and types mentioned in them. They can be searched for by using any of the search fields above. A search with blank search fields will return all results. Moreover, a full-text search is available, which will search both the document descriptions and transcripts.

Alongside these documents, HANSdoc contains a small number of larger registers, which, due to their size and long timespan, have not been fully indexed and will therefore not (always) show up in the search results. However, they can be accessed below. These are: