Virtual Pilgrim Event Leiden400 on 16 May

On Saturday May 16, the online opening of the Pilgrim Year Leiden400 will take place! The Pilgrims lived in Leiden from 1609 to 1620, when they left for America. Get to know Leiden during the virtual event, which will be in English. Take a city walk through the historic center, and meet people who will tell you about Leiden in the time of the Pilgrims. The tour will take you to: Museum of Ethnology Museum De Lakenhal, about the textile industry Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk, the Walloon … [Read more...]

Records of Pilgrims in Leiden now on

When the Pilgrims fled religious persecution in England, they settled in Leiden. They lived and worked in Leiden, and some married there or had children baptized there. They left for America on the Mayflower in 1620, but not after leaving traces in Dutch records. The Leiden Archives has transcribed several of these records. They used to be available on a separate website, which has been offline for several years. The transcriptions and English abstracts of these records have now been made … [Read more...]

Quick tip – Pilgrim Archives website

UPDATE 2020: The Pilgrim Archives website is no longer online. I've copied the information to the page Pilgrims in Leiden - Pilgrim records. With Thanksgiving coming up in the US, I thought it would be fun to turn your attention to the website Pilgrim Archives. During their stay in Leiden, the Pilgrims left traces in Leiden records. The archives in Leiden got so many questions about these records that they digitized them and made them available online. The “Pilgrims in Documents” … [Read more...]