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Colonial New York
New York State

Immigrants to New Netherland

Bibliography of Ship Passenger Lists
with links to transcribed sources

The recording of Ship Lists and Passengers was not mandatory prior to the early 1800's. Historical records and documents were used to reconstruct these arrivals and appear in numerous resources published by many authors.

In 1938 Harold Lancour compiled a bibliography of ship passenger lists entitled Passenger Lists of Ships Coming to North America, 1607-1825, since then revised and reprinted, is available in many libraries across the U.S. under the title Bibliography of ship passenger lists, 1538-1825 being a guide to published lists of early immigrants to North America; Richard Wolfe, NYSL, (c)1963.

Several authored collections using Lancour's Bibliography have since become very useful tools. Filby's Index of Immigrants and Passengers, Many NYGBS pamphlets and publications, and authors Michael Tepper1 and Carl Boyer2 have noted Lancour's work as a main source for reference.

The following is a list of sources for Immigrants to New Netherland 1630-1664. The information for each ship's list, has been extracted and compiled from these sources.

Harold Lancour used a numbering system to identify historical documents containing immigrant arrivals. Lancour's numerical sequence of bibliographic citation was adopted by several authors to conform to his work, and is used at this site for ease of reference.

Additional sources used at this site, recognizing immigrant arrivals not mentioned in Lancour's book, are noted on each individual ship list.
[Additional notes and corrections from this compiler appear in brackets.]

Lancour #
Original Source

Joel N. Eno,
New York 'Knickerbocker'
Families; Origin and Settlement,
NYGBR, XLV (1914)387-391.

A list of Dutch immigrants to NY during the 17th century, no ship mentioned.

{Transcribed at this site}

German Individuals and Families in New Netherland; Deutsche Einzeleinwanderer und Familien in Neu-Niederland, Jahrbuch für Auslanddeutsche Sippenkunde I, (1936) 45-53.
Appended to an article by Otto Lohr entitled "Amerikadeutsche Familien des 17, Jahrhunderts.

Gives names of German individuals and families in New York, with place of origin indicated. No ship mentioned.

{Transcribed at this site}

Representative Pioneer Settlers
of New Netherland and Their Original Home Places,
Richard Schermerhorn, Jr., NYGBR LXV (c)1934, 2-12.

An alphabetical list of New Netherland settlers, 1620-1664, with their original places of residence.

{Transcribed at this site}

Names of Settlers in Rensselaerswyck from 1630 to 1646, compiled from the Books of Monthly Wages and Other MSS. In Edmund B. O'Callaghan's History of
New Netherland;
(c)1846, Vol I, 433-441.

Year Book of the Holland Society
of New York,
(c)1896, 130-140.

Settlers listed with brief sketches of their immigration and lives.
See description for #76.
Settlers of Rensselaerswyck, 1630-1658 In A. J. F. Van Laer, Van Rensselaer Bowier Manuscripts, Being the Letters of Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, 1630-1643, and Other Documents Relating to the Colony of Rensselaerswyck, Albany, University of the State of New York, 1908, p 805-846, New York State Library Bulletin, History, Number 7.

A record of the arrival of settlers in the colony of Rensselaerswyck. Much more comprehensive and covering a longer period than item #75.
[VRBM, p. 323.]

{Transcribed at this site;
Names included on Ship Lists and as

Settlers of Rensselaerswyck when no ship is mentioned.}

Scandinavian Immigrants in
New York, 1630-1674.
With Appendices on.... Scandinavians
and German Immigrants in New York.

John O. Evjen, Minneapolis, K.C. Holter Publishing Co., 1916, p 438.

A collection of biographic articles on Norwegian, Danish,
Swedish and German immigrants.

{Book scanned at this site, with an added index to names.}

Secretary van Tienhoven's Answer to the Remonstrance from New Netherland. In Edmund B. O'Callaghan Documents Relating
to the Colonial History of the
State of New York,
Albany, Weed, Parsons and Co., 1856, I p 422-432 [list on page 431-432].

Collections of the New York Historical Society 2d Series II, 1849, 329-338.

Narratives of New Netherland, 1609-1664, Franklin Jameson, NY, Charles Scriberner's Sons, 1909, p 359-377.

From a manuscript in the Royal Archives at the Hague. The defense by Cornelius van Tienhoven of the existing system of government in 1650.
Contains the names and details of 11 [+] colonists who signed the Remonstrance.

{List of names transcribed at this site}

Lijst van Eenige Koloniers door Kiliaen Van Rensselaer in de Jaren 1636-1642 uit het Vaderland naar Zijne Kolonie Gezonden, "Oud Holland", VIII, 1890, p 296, [published by the late Mr. de Roever, editor.]

[A periodical published quarterly in The Netherlands; these are the same articles translated in the Van Rensselaer Bowier Manuscripts as identified by A. J. Van Laer.]

Contains the names of 29 colonists accompanying Kiliaen Van Rensselaer,
1636-1642. [See footnote3 below and #76]

Settlers of the colony of Rensselaerswyck, A. J. F. Van Laer, NYGBR XLIX, 1918, 365-367. From a Rensselaerswyck Manuscript now in the New York State Library.

[Lancour states the material is also printed in #76. This compiler has determined by comparison, the information contained in #80, is new material not covered in #76.]

A list of emigrants indebted to the owners of the ship Rensselaerswyck for board beginning Oct, 1636 and ending 1637, the date when landed in New Netherland. Contains 33 names of men, women and children and gives the exact date when each person left the ship.

"Form of Oath Taken by Englishmen on and about Manhattan Island with Their Signatures," in
Documents Relative to the History of the Early Colonial Settlements Principally on Long Island,
by Berthold Fernow, Albany, Weed, Parsons and Co., 1881, p 24-25. Old series Vol. XIV, New series Vol. III of Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New York.

The names of 8 Englishmen who subscribed to an oath of allegiance to the Dutch government and to the colony of New Netherland, Aug 1639.
Random Notes Concerning
Settlers of Dutch Descent
, The American Genealogist xxxix, 1953, 65-76, 146-152; xxx, 1954, 38-34.

Biographical and genealogical notes on servants and employees hired in New Netherland.

In volume xxx, pg 38-34, a list of persons giving the year each was engaged for employment, age, place of origin, occupation and employer.

List of Passengers, 1654 to 1664,
Year Book of the Holland Society of New York,
1902, 5-37.
From New York Colonial MSS xiii 75, 88, 106
xiv, 83-123.

Additional information from
James Riker's History of Harlem,
citing the same Manuscripts,
was published by Rosalie Fellows Baily
in NYGBR for October 1963.

A more complete list than #86, giving Dutch and English form of ship's name and origin of immigrant. Contains indices of passengers and places of origin.

{Transcribed at this site; Names and notes from #83 and #83A included in ships lists.}

A List of Early Immigrants to
New Netherland; Alphabetically Arranged, with Additions and Corrections, from Manuscripts of the Late Teunis G. Bergen,
Van Brunt Bergen, NYGBR xiv, 1883, 181-190; xv 1884, 34-40, 73-77.

[A collection of Teunis G. Bergen's work can be found at the digital archives, entitled,
Early Settlers of Kings County]

An alphabetical arrangement of the combined lists of #'s 75, 86, and 88. Coded to designate the ship in which each immigrant arrived.

{Additions and Corrections included in Ships Lists at this site.}

Letter from the Burgomasters of Amsterdam to Stuyvesant; Boys and Girls from the Almhouses
Sent to New Netherland,
In Documents Relating
to the History of the Early Colonial Settlements
Principally on Long Island,
by Berthold Fernow,
Albany, Weed, Parsons and Co., 1883, p. 325-326.
Old series Vol xiv, New series Vol. III of
Documents Relating to the Colonial History
of the State of New York.

Contains the names and ages of seventeen children
sent from the almshouses of Amsterdam to New Amsterdam, 1655.

Transcribed at this site; names included in ship's list.

Early Immigrants to New Netherland; 1657-1664,
Documentary History of the State
of New York,
E. B. O'Callaghan, 1850,
Vol. III, pages 33-42.

Passenger Lists 1657 to 1664,
Year Book of The Holland Society
of New York,
1896, 141-158.

Ship lists arranged chronologically, with immigrants names only.
See note for #83.

{Ship Lists, Names and notes from #86 and #86A Transcribed at this site.}

See Colonial New York Arrivals

The Roll of Those Who Have Taken the Oath of Allegiance in the Kings County in the Province
of New York, ....September...1687.

The Documentary History of the State
of New York,
E. B. O'Callaghan, 1850, Vol I, 429-433.

[A facsimile of lists from the Documentary
History of the State of New York,
is also available in reprint, Lists of Inhabitants of Colonial New York Indexed by Rosanne Conway, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1979.]

Year Book of the Holland Society of New York, 1896, 159-166.

From a manuscript in the office of the Secretary of State. Contains name and number of years said person has been in the province of New York or if a native of the Province of New York.

{Transcribed at this site; Extracts of Inhabitants prior to 1664, giving the approximate arrival date of each immigrant.}

Also, Transcribed it it's entirety from Documentary History of the State of New York.

1New World Immigrants, Vol I, Vol II, (c)1980. Immigrants to the Middle Colonies,
(c)1979. Michael Tepper

2Ship Passenger Lists New York and New Jersey 1600-1825, (c)1978, Carl Boyer, 3rd.

3In view of the incompleteness of the list of settlers of the colony of Rensselaerswyck furnished by Mr. de Roever (archivist of Amsterdam), who had access to the Van Rensselaer Bowier manuscripts only, and the many errors in the similar list published by O'Callaghan, whose researches were confined to the Rensselaerwyck manuscripts, it has seemed worth while to prepare from the two sources named an entirely new list, which should adequately illustrate the growth of the colony and furnish a reliable means of identification of the person mentioned in the present papers (VRB Manuscripts). It covers the period of settlement up to 1658, when the papers in the volume strictly relating to Rensselaerwyck cease. The list gives in brief form as far as the could be ascertained the principal data as to name, date of arrival, occupation and place of origin of each individual settler and throws much new light on the large proportion of elements other than Dutch that entered into the population of the colony.

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Abbreviations of other sources:

NYGBR New York Genalogical Biographical Record.

VRBM Van Rensselaer Bowier Manuscripts, New York State Library 90th Annual Report 1907, Translated and Edited by A. J.F. van Laer, Archivist; (c)1908, New York State Library.

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