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The first Dutch came to the New World in 1614, establishing Fort Nassau (later Albany) and New Amsterdam (later New York) along the Hudson River Valley. Although the Netherlands lost this territory to the British in 1664, some Dutch remained in the region, gaining considerable economic power and firmly establishing their culture.

Since this time, modest numbers of Dutch have immigrated to the United States annually, with large concentrations in New York and Western Michigan.

Contacts and Sources

Dutch Family Heritage Society
2463 Ledgewood Drive
West Jordan, UT 84084
Telephone: (801) 967-8400
Publication: Dutch Family Heritage Society Quarterly

The Holland Society of New York
122 East 58th Street
New York, NY 10022
Telephone: (212) 758-1675 or (212) 758-1871 (library)
Publication: de Halve Maen

The Joint Archives of Holland
Hope College Campus
Holland MI 49423
Telephone: (616) 395-7798
Publication: The Joint Archives Quarterly

Web Sites

In Helpful Web Sites, you can find links to useful resources about the Netherlands.


  • In Search of Your European Roots: A Complete Guide to Tracing Your Ancestors in Every Country in Europe, by Angus Baxter
  • New Netherland Roots, by Gwenn F. Epperson
  • Netherlanders in America: Dutch Immigration to the United States and Canada, 1789-1950, by Henry Stephen Lucas
  • Dutch Genealogical Research, compiled by Charles M. Franklin
  • The Dutch in America: Immigration, Settlement, and Cultural Change, edited by Robert Swieringa

For some tips on researching abroad, see the topic All about international resources.

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