Dutch term – Passagierslijst

A passagierslijst is a passenger list. Most passenger lists are kept in the country of arrival. Passenger lists for people who emigrated from the Netherlands to another country, are rarely found in the Netherlands. But the passenger lists of people who travelled to the Netherlands may be found in Dutch archives.

The Stadsarchief Rotterdam [Rotterdam City Archives] has the largest collection of passenger lists, including those of the Holland Amerika Lijn and the Koninklijke Lloyd. Passenger lists of the Stoomvaart Maatschappij Nederland and the Koninklijke Java-China Paketvaartlijnen can be found at the Nationaal Archief. The Nationaal Archief also has lists of people who were brought to the Netherlands from the former East Indies after the independence of Indonesia.

Limited passenger lists can sometimes also be found in newspapers, which are online at Delpher. Often, these only include middle or upper class passengers.

Passengers who arrived in Suriname, and departed from Batavia. Algemeen Handelsblad, 26 June 1857, p. 2, col. 2; Delpher (public domain).

About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, CG®, QG™ is a professional genealogist in the Netherlands. She holds the Certified Genealogist credential from the Board for Certification of Genealogists and has a post-graduate diploma in Family and Local History from the University of Dundee. She has been doing genealogy for over 30 years and helps people from across the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.


  1. Marja Lubeck says

    I would love to find out when my family arrived from Indonesia in the Netherlands after the war.


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