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Title in the Language of the Records
Nederland, passagierslijsten van de Holland-Amerika Lijn Steamship
This Collection will include records from 1900 to 1974.
This collection consists of passenger lists for the Holland-America Line (Holland Amerika Lijn), which transported numerous refugees from war-torn Europe to the United States prior to 1941. The passenger lists show the name of the ship, its destination, and the date it left port. The passenger's name is included, along with various details of passage arrangements, fees, etc. Passenger lists are available for the following range of dates: 3 May 1900 through 14 October 1974. Original records are available through the Rotterdam City Archive (Gemeentearchief te Rotterdam), Netherlands. This collection is being published as images become available. The text is handwritten in Dutch in a ledger type register. Passengers are listed by passage contract number.
Passenger lists from the voyages of the Holland-America Line, a Steamship Company of the Netherlands that covered the transatlantic routes mainly between the ports of Rotterdam and New York, and occasionally calling on the ports of Boulogne-sur-mer, Plymouth, Southampton, Boston and Halifax. The names of the vessels were: Potsdam, Rotterdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Statendam, Ryndam, Veendam, and Volendam.
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It was necessary to keep a record of all the passengers boarding on to the company’s different steamships traveling from the Netherlands to North America.
The data in these records may be reliable as far as the person that was giving the information; the spelling depended on the recorder.
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- Holland-Amerikalijn. Netherlands, Passenger lists Holland-America Line. Rotterdam Municipal Archives, Netherlands.
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- Passage contract number
- Name of passenger
- Number of persons traveling together
- Departure and destination places
- Date of departure
- Price of passage
- Ship name
- Passenger’s cabin class
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Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details and lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.
For example, you can use passenger lists to:
- Learn an immigrant’s place of origin
- Confirm their date of arrival
- Learn foreign and “Americanized” names
- Find records in his or her country of origin such as emigrations, port records, or ship’s manifests.
You may also find these tips helpful:
- If your ancestor had a common name, be sure to look at all the entries for a name before you decide which is correct.
- Continue to search the passenger lists to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who may have immigrated at the same time.
- If your ancestor has an uncommon surname, you may want to obtain the passenger list of every person who shares your ancestor’s surname if they lived in the same county or nearby. You may not know how or if they are related, but the information could lead you to more information about your own ancestors.
If you do not find the name you are looking for, try the following:
- Check for variant spellings. Realize that the indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings and misinterpretations.
- Try a different index if there is one for the years needed. You may also need to search the passenger lists year by year.
- Search the indexes of other port cities.
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“Netherlands, Passenger lists Holland-America Line, 1900-1974”, digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 27 March 2012), Europa-Southampton > 1919 > jun. 5 > SS Rotterdam > Image 3 of 19, entry for Mr. A. Boden traveling from Rotterdam to Southampton; citing “Netherlands, Holland America Steamship Line Passenger Lists, 1900-1974”, Images, Rotterdam City Archive (Gemeentearchief te Rotterdam), Netherlands.