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Emigration

Former Holland America Line head office, Wilhelminakade, Rotterdam

Former Holland America Line head office, on the Wilhelminakade, the Rotterdam quay from where the ships of the Holland America Line set sail to Ellis Island. Many Dutch emigrants to the new world bid farewell to their country, family and friends on this place.

From the New Netherland settlement to the post-war mass emigration to Canada and Australia, for more than 400 years Dutch emigrants have tried to find a better life in the New World. Reasons to emigrate were divers – fleeing the law (or the in-laws), searching for religious freedom, adventure, but above all looking for prosperity.

A look at Dutch catholic immigration to Wisconsin

Posted by on 26 Jun 2010 in Emigration | 2 comments

Although the Dutch people did not show much interest in migration to America before the 19th century, by the mid-19th century the Dutch began to leave the Netherlands. Between 1840 and 1861, almost 20,000 Dutch immigrated to the United States, compared to only 2,500 the previous twenty years. This great migration resulted from a combination of economic and religious hardships in the Netherlands at the time. Most of the Dutch immigrants during the great migration were Protestant, who mainly settled in Michigan and Iowa. During this period only...

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Farewell Holland

Posted by on 13 Aug 2007 in 19th century, BOEL Louwrens 1865-, BRUGGEN Jan van 1862, Emigration, JANSEN Jan 1881-1940, KAMPEN Catharina Susanna van 1883-1960, KAMPEN Jacob van 1881, KAMPEN Maria van 1862, KAMPEN Mijntje van 1863, KAMPEN Teuntje van 1866, KAMPEN Teuntje van 1869, KAMPEN Vollekert van 1864, NEDERIJNEN Gerrit van 1860, NEL Willem Cornelis 1888-1969, PARDOEN Maria Margaretha 1881-1971, PARDOEN Nellij 1894, PARDOEN Sophia 1883-1966, REEF Jan 1896, SCHOUTEN Gerardus Fredericus 1864, VELSEN Clement Marie van 1871-1947, VOLKERSZ Johanna Maria 1883, WENTSEL Reintje 1870-1953, World wars and interbellum | 1 comment

Farewell Holland

Dutch emigrants to North America The family trees on my genealogy websites have several emigrants to North America. Most of them went to the U.S., boarding their ship at the Wilhelminakade in Rotterdam, and entering the States a fortnight later via Ellis Island. Let me introduce you to some of these emigrants. They are descendants of Lourens van Kampen and Neel de Vos, or of Paulus Pardoen and Johanna Pietersen. If you recognize any of these people, maybe you can share your memories of them in a comment below. Additions, corrections, photos,...

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The Pilgrim Fathers

Posted by on 25 Apr 2007 in Delfshaven, Emigration, Leiden, The revolt, religious conflicts and the Golden Age | 1 comment

The Pilgrim Fathers

One of the first – and probably the most famous – group of emigrants leaving Holland for the New World were not Dutch at all. On 22 July (new style: 1 August) 1620 the Speedwell set sail from Delfshaven to Southampton. On board was a group of English puritans, living in exile in The Netherlands, and now leaving for America. In Southampton, the Speedwell was joined by the Mayflower, and the two ships left together, with destination America. English puritans in Holland Twelve years earlier, in 1608, a group of English puritans fled...

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Post-war emigration

Posted by on 25 Apr 2007 in Emigration, The modern era | 2 comments

Post-war emigration

Post-war emigration Triggered by the ruins of the war, the rampant housing shortage, and the bleak economic prospects in the agrarian sector, emigration from the Netherlands peaked in the fifteen years after the second world war. Emigration was actively encouraged by the Dutch government. The most popular destinations were Canada and Australia, and to a lesser extend the U.S., South Africa and New Zealand. Tracing your roots into the Netherlands is relatively easy if you descend from these emigrants. Many of the emigrants are still alive, and...

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Trace your Ellis Island ancestors into The Netherlands

Posted by on 6 Apr 2007 in Emigration, PARDOEN Sophia 1883-1966, Sources | 0 comments

Trace your Ellis Island ancestors into The Netherlands

If your Dutch immigrant ancestors travelled to Ellis Island, and you have located your immigrant ancestors on an Ellis Island passenger list, you usually have sufficient information to trace their roots in The Netherlands. To help you to get started, I have selected several Dutch Ellis Island immigrants, and searched for them in online genealogy databases and other genealogy websites. I have, more or less randomly, selected a page from an Ellis Island passenger list, and we will try to trace the Dutch families on this list into The...

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