Dutch Genealogical Research

Abrams Collection Genealogy Highlights
Spring 2004
Volume 6, Number 2

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.
Genealogy CS 42 .G452 no. 12

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.
Genealogy CS 71 .B66792 1989
Housed at the Genealogy Index Table.

Brinks, Herbert J. Dutch American Voices: Letters From the United States, 1850-1930. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1995.
Michigan E 184 .D9 D86 1995

---. Write Back Soon: Letters from Immigrants in America. Grand Rapids: CRC Publications, 1986.
Michigan E 184 .D9 B7513 1986
Translation of Schrijf Spoedig Terug.

Epperson, Gwenn F. New Netherland Roots. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994.
Genealogy F 118 .E6 1994

Franklin, Charles M. Dutch Genealogical Research. Indiana: C.M. Franklin, 1982.
Genealogy CS 814 .F7 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.
Reference E 184. D9 G45z

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.
Genealogy E 184 .D9 H613 1985

Kelly, Arthur C.M. Names, Names, and More Names: Locating Your Dutch Ancestors in Colonial America. Orem, UT: Ancestry, 1999.
Genealogy CS 2375 .N4 K45 1999

Library of Michigan. Library of Michigan, Family History. Bogardus Collection. 31 reels. Lansing: Library of Michigan, 1998.
Genealogy Microfilm F 565 .L5 no. 22735
A large manuscript collection of documentary proof for descendants of Bogardus/Mercer families.

O'Callaghan, Edmund B. The Register of New Netherland, 1626 to 1674. Baltimore: Clearfield Co., 1995, 1865.
Genealogy F 122.1 .O42 1995

Gemeentelijke Archiefdienst Rotterdam. Passenger Lists Holland-America Line, 1900-1940. 1,053 microfiche. Lisse: MMF Publication, 1994.
Genealogy Microfiche CS 68 .P373 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.
Genealogy F 128.4 .S56 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.
Genealogy CS 827 .A1 S9
From Staat der landverhizers naar Noord-Amerika of andere overzeesche gewesten, located in the Algemeen Ryksarchief in The Hague.

---. 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.
Genealogy CS 827. A1 S89 1983

---. Dutch Households in U.S. Population Censuses, 1850, 1860, 1870: An Alphabetical Listing by Family Heads. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 1987.
Genealogy E 184 .D9 S948 1987

---. Dutch Immigrants in U.S. Passenger Manifests, 1820-1880. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 1983.
Genealogy E 184 .D9 S95 1983

---. The Dutch in America: Immigration, Settlement and Cultural Change. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1985.
Main E 184 .D9 D87 1985

Ten Harmsel, Larry. Dutch in Michigan. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2002.
Michigan F 575 .D9 T46 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.
Michigan F 575 .D9 V353 1947

Wijnaendts van Resandt, Wilem. Searching for Your Ancestors in the Netherlands. The Hague: Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie, 1972.
Genealogy CS 813 .W55

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Internet Resources

About Genealogy
English with Dutch links. A commercial family tree and genealogy research guide, with several articles on researching your Dutch ancestors.

Ancestry Library Edition
Available at the Library of Michigan, it contains a large number of genealogical resources.

Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie (CBG)
Dutch with some English aids. This is a major center for genealogy and heraldry.

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet

Dutch GenWeb
English with Dutch links.

HeritageQuest Online
Available to all Michigan residents through MeL, the Michigan eLibrary, at mel.org, this database contains digitized images of the U.S. censuses, PERSI and genealogy and local history texts.

Joint Archives of Holland
Researching your Michigan Dutch ancestors.

Nederlandse Genealogische Vereniging (NGV)
Dutch with some English aids. This is the largest Dutch genealogical association in the Netherlands.

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