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    R-R Historical Society Main Page. The families RYKER and RIKER have been well researched back to 1638, when the first Ryker-Riker ancestor to set foot in America, ABRAHAM RYCKEN, emigrated from Holland and settled in New Amsterdam (present-day New York City) with his wife, GRIETIE HARMENSEN. It must be noted that RYCKEN is not truly a surname, but rather the possessive form of RYCK, which is one of the Dutch equivalents of our English name 'Richard'.

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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.] 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.

[Dutch children.] by New York Public Library, via Flickr

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

Dutch woman immigrant at Ellis Island, New York.

Colonial New York: Dutch House in Albany with its characteristic "gambrel" roof.

12-11-11 Dutch immigrant toddlers in traditional clothing and wooden shoes. 1917

Dutch women immigrants, Ellis Island, New York.

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)

The Holland Dames Ancestor list provides the names of all the male Dutch settlers in New Amsterdam, but not the women, who, at that time, retained their maiden names. They also shared the risk of colonizing also. The Holland Dames Association is made of a membership of those who can trace their ancestry to one of these settlers. It's their webpage that has this list.

Dutch and Neighboring settlements in the 1600s.