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January 7, 2005

Ships Passenger Lists to New York before 1664

Olive Tree Genealogy has an exciting new project! I have begun to reconstruct ships passenger lists for ships from Holland (Netherlands) to New Netherland (New York) before 1664.

All "passenger lists" for travel from the Netherlands (Holland) to New Netherland (present day New York) between 1654 and 1664 came from the debit side of the West India Company Account Book. This account book showing who owed money when they arrived is the source for previously published lists of passengers to New Netherland/New York. The credit side has not been published. Lists for ships that sailed before 1654 simply do not exist.

Thus we do not have complete passenger lists for this time period. Many of the previously published lists are flawed. Many names of those who sailed are not found, as they paid their passage money ahead of time.

In some cases, I've been able to reconstruct names for a ship list that has never been published before! In other cases, I've been able to add names to previously published lists. This is an Olive Tree exclusive.

The full list of 82 ships and names of passengers on these ships sailing to New York from 1624 to 1664 is found at

I reconstructed the names of those sailing on various ships from several primary sources. Please note that not every source was used to reconstruct every ship. I have indicated which sources were used for each individual

Abstracts from Notarial Documents in the Amsterdam Archives by Pim Nieuwenhuis published in New Netherland Connections in series Vol. 4:3,4; Vol. 5:1-3

Early Immigrants to New Netherland 1657-1664 from The Documentary History of New York

Settlers of Rensselaerswyck 1630-1658 in Van Rensselaer Bowier Manuscripts

E. B. O'Callaghan's Calendar of Historical Manuscripts in the Office of the Secretary of State, Albany NY

New World Immigrants: List of Passengers 1654 to 1664 edited by Michael Tepper

Emigrants to New Netherland by Rosalie Fellows Bailey, NYGBR; vol 94 no 4 pp 193-200

De Scheepvaart en handel van de Nederlandse Republiek op Nieuw-Nederland 1609-1675 unpublished thesis by Jaap Jacobs