Jan Meisels Allen
The Rotterdam City Archives, Netherlands, Gemeentearchief te Rotterdam, digitized and indexed the Holland-America Line Passenger Lists 1900-1974 from the lines’ archives (Passenger lists from 3 May 1900 through 14 October 1974). This includes the departure records from New York. Crowd-sourced indexing is still ongoing. Both Rotterdam City Archives and WieWasWie joined forces on the crowdsourcing platform VeleHanden to make the records more accessible. See:
To search go to: https://stadsarchief.rotterdam.nl/zoek-en-ontdek/passagierslijsten/
Holland-America first offered transatlantic trips, including one-way passage for emigrants. Along with Dutch immigrants from Netherlands, roughly one million Eastern Europeans sailed on Holland-America.
“Between 1880 and 1920 about one million Eastern Europeans moved to America via Rotterdam. The Holland America Line had offices [in] Bulgaria, Latvia and Russia. Tickets could be bought for the train to Rotterdam,
the boat to America, and again the train to every station in the new world.”
Passenger lists include the ship, ports, names of passengers, class of travel and the cost of the trip. The original passenger lists have been scanned.
Ports with the most records are Rotterdam, New York, Vienna, Boulogne-sur-Mer, and Hamburg.
This is an update from the December 2019 searchable lists that covered the first 500,000 names covering 1900-1920.
To read the previous postings about Holland America Line Passenger Lists, go to the archives of the IAJGS Records Access Alert at: http://lists.iajgs.org/mailman/private/records-access-alerts/. You must be registered to access the archives.
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Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee