Today a look at a new (to me) collection: Holland-America Passenger Lists 1900-1974, digitized at the Rotterdam City Archive (Gemeentearchief te Rotterdam), Netherlands. This collection also includes departure records from New York.

Archives of the Holland-America Line

Rotterdam archive has digitized and indexed records from the Archives of the Holland-America Line (HAL) (Collection #318-04). 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.

In 2018, reporter Marcia Tap interviewed archivist Anne Jongstra of the City Archives:

Jongstra picks up the passenger list of the SS Rotterdam in 1910. “This list contains a lot of Polish names. Many Polish Jews traveled to New York via Rotterdam. The list also shows that they booked their trip in Poland. ”

“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.”

Holland-America Passagiersstaten

Passenger lists include the ship, ports, names of passengers, class of travel, and how much the trip cost. Passenger lists from 3 May 1900 through 14 October 1974 are digitized and available for browsing. Crowd-sourced indexing via Vele Handen (Many Hands) is ongoing, so keep checking if you don’t find your emigrant at first.

Holland-America Passenger Lists 1900-1974

Passenger List, SS Noordam departing New York, 7 Mar 1911, Passenger registers, New York-Rotterdam line (eastbound): 1911, June-April, 01-01-1911 to 31-12-1911 (318-04.1377 )

Searching Holland-America Passenger Lists 1900-1974

Holland America passenger lists 1900-1974Search by last name, first name, departure port, keyword, and/or span dates at the Rotterdam archive site. Wildcard searches are supported. The search interface also offers a list of all ports for Holland-America ships. Ports with the most records are Rotterdam, New York, Vienna, Boulogne-sur-Mer, and Hamburg.

Netherlands Passenger Lists Holland-America Line, 1900-1974 at FamilySearch offers 131,050 images for browsing, arranged by continents, then dates. The images were slow to load, so searching directly at Rotterdam with an index is probably best.