Articles about emigration

Over the centuries, many people have left the Netherlands to try their luck abroad. Most of those people ended up in the United States. These articles give background information about the emigration from the Netherlands, with the focus on the 19th century emigration to the United States.

Patterns of emigration from the Achterhoek

This week I gave a presentation about patterns of emigration from the Achterhoek, based on my genealogical research. The presentation was part of the conference 'The importance of history for Dutch-Americans', organized by AADAS (the Association for the Advancement of Dutch-American Studies). Because I was not able to attend the conference in … [Read more...]

The Family of Dirk Gerkes Postma

This is the second in a series of 12 articles about emigrants from the Frisian municipality of Dantumadeel, who settled in Pella, Iowa. This article was written by Kor Postma and translated by Thys de Jong. … [Read more...]

The family of Pieter Oebeles Viersen

Newspaper clipping

This is the first of a series of 12 articles about emigrants from the Frisian municipality of Dantumadeel, who settled in Pella, Iowa. This article was written by Kor Postma and translated by Thys de Jong. … [Read more...]

Australia

Map showing Australia without its south-eastern border yet

The Dutch first discovered Australia in 1606, exactly 400 years ago. Since then, many Dutchmen have emigrated to Australia. Most of them left the Netherlands after World War II. … [Read more...]

Debbink, Hendrik Jan and Berendina Dunnewold

Family photograph

Hendrik Jan Debbink and Berendina Dunnewold were a part of the second emigration wave to hit Winterswijk in the 1860s. They emigrated when he was already 69 years old, together with their family of four children. They joined Berendina Dunnewold's brother, Jan Willem Dunnewold, who was a minister in Sheboygan County, WI. … [Read more...]

Huinink, Derk Willem X Catharina Jentink

Market place with church in the back

Derk Willem Huinink and Catharina Jentink were part of the second emigration wave in the nineteenth century. They emigrated from their Aalten home in 1869 together with their extended family. They settled in Town of Holland, Sheboygan County, WI. … [Read more...]

Bosman, Derk Hendrik and Grada Hendrika Tammel

Derk Hendrik Bosman, his wife Grada Hendrika Tammel and their children emigrated from Gelderland to Holland, Michigan in 1882. A short while after they arrived, Grada Hendrika wrote a letter to her family back home. In this letter she writes about the reception in Holland. … [Read more...]

Pennsylvania Dutch

Portrait of a rather large man with a wig

One group of emigrants in the 18th century is known as the Pennsylvania Dutch. But did you know they weren't Dutch at all? Most Pennsylvania dutch are actually German or Swiss. But even though their ancestors were not from the Netherlands, many Pennsylvania Dutch used Dutch ports to travel to the United States so there is a Dutch connection. … [Read more...]

Boerrigter, Jan Antonie

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Jan Antonie Boerrigter emigrated to the United States in 1910 from Overijssel. Almost half a century later, he wrote to his aunt and uncle in the Netherlands. He shares much information about his family and is curious about the Netherlands. … [Read more...]

Beij, unknown family

Dutch letter

The Beij family emigrated from Leiderdorp, Zuid-Holland to the United States in 1860 and settled in Paterson, NJ. Miss Beij wrote back to her old neighbors in the Netherlands. This letter still exists today. Unfortunately, it is not known (yet) who this family is. … [Read more...]