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The Dutch surrender peacefully.1664. The day "New Amsterdam" became "New York." Not quite America yet, but on it's way.

[Dutch woman.] Digital ID: 418051. Sherman, Augustus F. (Augustus Francis) -- Photographer. [ca. 1906-1914] Notes: Identified as 'Protestant woman from Zuid-Beveland, province of Zeeland, The Netherlands' in Peter Mesenholler 'Augustus F. Sherman: Ellis Island Portraits 1905-1920' (c1905) p.61. Source: William Williams papers / Photographs of immigrants (more info) Repository: The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.

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[Three Dutch women.] Digital ID: 1206548. Sherman, Augustus F. (Augustus Francis) -- Photographer Notes: Identified as 'Mother and her two daughters from Zuid-Beveland, province of Zeeland, The Netherlands' in Peter Mesenholler 'Augustus F. Sherman: Ellis Island Portraits 1905-1920' (c1905) p.57. Source: William Williams papers / Photographs of immigrants (more info)

Dutch woman immigrant at Ellis Island, New York.

Dutch immigrant toddlers in traditional clothing and wooden shoes - I wonder if my Dutch ancestors dressed their children like this after immigrating?

Dutch women immigrants, Ellis Island, New York.

Women from the former Dutch island of URK

In the old days, Santa Claus would gather up bad children, toss them in his basket, and whisk them away to the North Pole to serve as his slaves. That's where the legend of Santa's elves came from. (Photo from Holland)

Book about my dutch van der Voort (Vanderford) ancestors who emigrated to New Ansterdam (New York City)

The Mayflower Ship .The Mayflower passenger list is interesting to study. It is amazing that 102 determined pilgrims left all they had to come to America to begin a new life of freedom.

Do you know how your #ancestors got their surnames? #genealogy