Searching the Holland America Line (HAL) passenger registers, Rotterdam arrivals and departures 1900-1920.


John W. Kitz
 

All,

 

Introduction

A couple of days ago I sent an email to this list about a project that intends to digitize, transcribe and make available on the Internet the passenger registers of Rotterdam arrivals and departures between 1900 and 1969 of the Holland America Line (HAL)[1]. As noted in the same message the first results of the project are the passenger registers from 1900 to 1920, which can be searched and browsed by means of a website of the CBG|Center for Family History in The Netherlands as well as the website of the City Archive of Rotterdam.

 

Searching by means of the CBG website

1.       Go to https://www.wiewaswie.nl/en/;

2.       Click the button marked "Advanced search";

3.       Enter the last and, if known, the first name you're searching for;

4.       Click the button marked "Search" and wait for the first results;

5.       Now refine the first results by selecting "Migration" from the drop down menu option marked "Document type";

 

Please note that the refined search results show arrivals and departures from all ports, not just Rotterdam. In order to search arrivals and departures from Rotterdam only enter last and, if known, first name and "Rotterdam" in the search field marked "Place" in step 4. above.

 

Example

1.       Go to https://www.wiewaswie.nl/en/;

2.       Click the button marked "Advanced search";

3.       Enter the last name "Kitz";

4.       Enter the place name "Rotterdam";

5.       Click the button marked "Search" and wait for the first results;

6.       Refine the first results by selecting "Migration" from the drop down menu option marked "Document type";

7.       In the search results click on the line that starts with the last name "Kitz" and the first name "Mrs. P";

8.       Now click on "Go to source" in the top right hand corner of the search results that appeared after the previous step;

9.       A new browser window with the website of the City Archive of Rotterdam should open with information specific to the record held at the City Archive of Rotterdam;

10.   Scroll down and click on the scan with the green bands above and below it to open the scan that belongs to the search results;

11.   Once the scan has opened the top of the page shows that it pertains to a steam ship (S.S.) named "Rotterdam" under the command of Captain G. Stenger, departing New York for Rotterdam on June 28th, 1910;

12.   On the 7th line from the bottom of the page is the entry for Mrs. P. Kitz, who's final destination was Krakau (Krakow in English) at the time in Austria (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krak%C3%B3w#19th_century), now in Poland;

13.   The entry (no. 30334) pertaining to Mrs. P. Kitz also shows that she travelled alone with an infant.

 

Please note that the use of wildcards in the fields of the search form on https://www.wiewaswie.nl/en/ is limited to paying friends of the CBG|Center for Family History.

 

[1] https://www.wiewaswie.nl/en/sources/passenger-registers-holland-america-line-hal/ (in English)

[2] https://www.wiewaswie.nl/en/news/first-lists-of-the-passenger-registers-holland-america-line-hal-online/ (in English)

 

Regards, Jk.

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