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Dutch Genealogical Research
Abrams Collection Genealogy Highlights
There were two major immigration periods for our Dutch ancestors to the United States, one during the colonial era and the other during the early to mid-19th century. The colonial period had major settlements in the Mid-Atlantic states of New York and New Jersey. The 19th century settlements were located in the Midwestern states of Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Most of these settlers came from the area in northeast Europe known as the Low Countries, an area of the lower Rhine River, whose nation states were formed between the 16th and 19th centuries, and whose primary languages are Dutch and French. Religion, nationalism and the territorial ambitions of the Great Powers of Europe played an important part in the formation of what are now Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
You can research your Dutch ancestors by searching ANSWER, the Library's online catalog. To locate titles on ANSWER, use the following keywords to retrieve the greatest number of Dutch genealogy citations; clicking on the links in this publication will take you to the ANSWER catalog search results or the catalog record for a particular item:
Adding a geographic location will allow you to narrow your search. For example, genealogy and holland will retrieve Dutch resources that focus on Holland. When searching by keyword, it is not necessary to capitalize proper nouns.
This publication is not intended as a comprehensive list of Dutch genealogy resources; rather, it is a list of notable genealogy materials available at the Library of Michigan. Searching ANSWER is the only way to determine if the Library of Michigan holds the resources that you seek. Clicking on the links below will take you to the ANSWER catalog record for that item.
Bailey, Rosalie Fellows. Dutch Systems in Family Naming: New York-New Jersey. Washington, D.C.: National Genealogical Society, 1954.
Bogardus, William Brower. Inventory of Documentary Proof for Descendants of Bogardus/Mercer and Other Colonial Estates (New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey). Wilmington, OH: W.B. Bogardus, 1989.
Brinks, Herbert J. Dutch American Voices: Letters From the United States, 1850-1930. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1995.
---. Write Back Soon: Letters from Immigrants in America. Grand Rapids: CRC Publications, 1986.
Epperson, Gwenn F. New Netherland Roots. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994.
Franklin, Charles M. Dutch Genealogical Research. Indiana: C.M. Franklin, 1982.
Gehring, Charles. A Guide to Dutch Manuscripts Relating to New Netherland in the United States. Albany, NY: University of the State of New York, State Department of Education, New York State Library, 1978.
Hinte, Jacob Van. Netherlanders in America: A Study of Emigration and Settlement in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries in the United States of America. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1985.
Kelly, Arthur C.M. Names, Names, and More Names: Locating Your Dutch Ancestors in Colonial America. Orem, UT: Ancestry, 1999.
Library of Michigan. Library of Michigan, Family History. Bogardus Collection. 31 reels. Lansing: Library of Michigan, 1998.
O'Callaghan, Edmund B. The Register of New Netherland, 1626 to 1674. Baltimore: Clearfield Co., 1995, 1865.
Gemeentelijke Archiefdienst Rotterdam. Passenger Lists Holland-America Line, 1900-1940. 1,053 microfiche. Lisse: MMF Publication, 1994.
Shorto, Russell. The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America. New York: Doubleday, 2004.
Swierenga, Robert P. Dutch Emigration Records, 1847-1877: A Computer Alphabetical Listing of Heads of Households and Independent Persons. Kent, OH: R.P. Swierenga 1974.
---. Dutch Emigrants to the United States, South Africa, South America and Southeast Asia, 1835-1880: An Alphabetical Listing by Household Heads and Independent Persons. Wilmington DE: Scholarly Resources, 1983.
---. Dutch Households in U.S. Population Censuses, 1850, 1860, 1870: An Alphabetical Listing by Family Heads. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 1987.
---. Dutch Immigrants in U.S. Passenger Manifests, 1820-1880. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 1983.
---. The Dutch in America: Immigration, Settlement and Cultural Change. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1985.
Ten Harmsel, Larry. Dutch in Michigan.
East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2002.
Vander Velde, Lewis G. Glimpses of the Early Dutch Settlements in Michigan: As Revealed by Selections from Manuscripts in the Michigan Historical Collections. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 1947.
Wijnaendts van Resandt, Wilem. Searching for Your Ancestors in the Netherlands. The Hague: Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie, 1972.
Ancestry Library Edition
Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie (CBG)
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
Joint Archives of Holland
Nederlandse Genealogische Vereniging (NGV)
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