Wanted! First families of Pier 21

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is looking for family members of the 54 passengers who first arrived at the pier, on 28 February 1928. The first ship to arrive was the S.S. Nieuw Amsterdam, which had departed from Rotterdam carrying passengers from the Netherlands, Lithuania, Germany, Romania, Russia, Yugoslavia, Finland, and Greece, who were destined for various places in Canada.

Pier 21 in 1934. Credits: Wikimedia Commons (public domain).

The museum is now collecting stories of the families that first arrived. See the blog post of Pier 21 for more details, the complete passenger list, and contact information.

The following Dutch families appeared on the passenger list (PDF):

  • Ariens from Nederasselt
  • Blankevoort from Haarlem
  • Borgers from Ede
  • Bos from Barneveld
  • Burgess from Amsterdam
  • Dykhuizen [probably Dijkhuizen] from Soest
  • Groeneveldt from Rhoon
  • Hiemstra from Zietjerk [probably Tietjerk]
  • Jans from Nederasselt
  • Klys [probably Klijs] from Etten-Leur
  • Klys [probably Klijs] from Hoeven
  • Kuiper from Midwolda
  • Overeem from Ede
  • Paanen from Amsterdam
  • Ronne from Princenhage
  • Taks from Etten-Leur
  • Van den Kamp from Barneveld
  • Van der Van [probably van der Ven] from Mill

Do you recognize your family? Please contact the museum.


Hat tip: Gail Dever, who alerted me to this project.
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Yvette Hoitink, CG® is a board-certified genealogist in the Netherlands. She has been doing genealogy for almost 30 years. Her expertise is helping people from across the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.

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