The family of Pieter Oebeles Viersen

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...]

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...]

Boerrigter, Jan Antonie

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...]

Haartman, Evert and Janna Berendina Beskers

Evert Haartman was one of the pioneers who settled in Sheboygan County. He came to the country as a young man and later married a wife who had come straight from Holland. … [Read more...]


Whenever I research emigrant families, I'm amazed by the distances that they travelled. People who previously probably hadn't even left their province yet, ended up circumventing half the globe. Sometimes it didn't stop there, and after a few years they packed up and moved again. … [Read more...]