Netherlands Passenger Lists Holland-America Line (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Foreign Language Title

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Collection Time Period

This collection of passenger lists covers the years 1900-1974.

Record Description

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.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in passenger lists may include:

  • 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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Record History

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.

Why This Record Was Created

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.

Record Reliability

The data in these records may be reliable as far as the person that was giving the information, and the spelling depending on the recorder.

Related Websites

Gjenvick-Gjonvik Archives

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Related Wiki Articles

Netherlands Emigration and Immigration.

The Netherlands

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Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection

  • United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71.
  • Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Fernandez Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apóstol, Cuahimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023.

Sources of Information for This Collection

Netherlands. Holland America Steamship Line. Passenger Lists 1900-1974. Rotterdam City Archive (Gemeentearchief te Rotterdam), Netherlands.

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