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Online records: Emigrants from Drenthe

The website

A database of genealogical information on emigrants from Drenthe, compiled by Arend Everts. The database is on the Drenlias website that we looked at yesterday, but it's completely separate from the rest of the website, there is not even a link to it on the Drenlias homepage.

What do they have?

Emigrants from Drenthe, between 1840 and 1930. The database is compiled from Dutch population registers and archives from Pella, Iowa, and Holland and Grand Rapids, Michigan. Records list the date of emigration and the destination, and some biographical information, like name, date of birth, names of parents, spouse and children, and occupations.

Is there an English interface?

Yes, the search interface and all of the information pages are available in English, except for a page with a biography of the researcher and a short motivation for his quest. Click on English on the top right of the page.

How do I use it?

You can browse the list of surnames or the list of destinations, or you can search the database, by choosing the appropriate options at the top of the page. When you browse you can click through to the individual emigrants. The search interface is simple, fill in the fields and press the search button.

How much does it cost?

It's free.

Future plans

There is no public statement about future plans, but I expect the project is completed.


If your ancestors emigrated from Drenthe between 1840 and 1930, Emigrants from Drenthe is a useful site. The database has information on emigrants and their families, and nothing else, so if emigrants from Drenthe is what you're looking for, this website is where you should go.

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