During the years 1845-1920 many people from the Netherlands left their homestead and migrated to the United States of America. This article, however, is limited to the emigrants from the provinces:
- Friesland &
("known" emigrants from other provinces like Gelderland, Overijssel, Zeeland are mentioned and we added an article for Emigrants from Overijssel)
There are many reasons why people might choose to emigrate. Most people left because of the bad life conditions (Late-blight, epidemics (like cholera)) in those days.
Some, especially during the first wave, left because of a combination of bad life conditions and their religion and their story starts with Albertus van Raalte , and the years after the Secession.
The second wave during the 1860's was mainly because of the fear for a new war and failed harvests.
Around 1880 a new third emigration wave started. During this period most people migrated from the provinces Groningen and Friesland, again due to bad harvests and life conditions and a maybe religion see also
Most of these landverhuizers migrated to the United States, mostly to the younger states where land could be easily obtained or to the states with earlier Dutch Settlements.
The main States where migrants from the Netherlands settled were:
Illinois - Iowa - Michigan - New Jersey - Washington - Wisconsin
This Timeline starts in 1815, the year that the Kingdom of the Netherlands came into being.
- "Note: The year-numbers are linked to the decades and years on the Dutch Wikipedia Pages"
- September 21 - William I becomes King of the Netherlands and started reorganizing the "Nederlands Hervormde Kerk"
The United Kingdom of the Netherlands, 1815-1830
Inauguration of William I of the Netherlands
- November 29 - Ordination Hendrik de Cock, in Ulrum, from where he was banned in 1833.
- September 19 - Founding of Grand Rapids (from:www.mlive.com)
- - Hubertus Luitweiler from Vlissingen, settled in Rochester see: The First Dutch Settlers in Milwaukee
- December 14 - The secession (Hendrik de Cock)
- - Emigrants from Groningen 1835
- July 23 - Klaas Janszoon Beukma Who might be the first Groninger Settler in Lafayette
- - Emigrants from Groningen 1836
- May 19 - Immigration of Hindrik Kamphuis & Jan Kamphuis from Hoogezand on the Elise
- - Emigrants from Groningen 1837
- June 12 - Immigration of Jan de Wijk from Oude Pekela with the Isabella and settles in Washington, Indiana
- March 21 - Albertus van Raalte became minister in Ommen and started a Theological school
- November 22 - Cornelius van der Meulen  became minister in Middelharnis and later in Goes (Mar 1841).
Staat van Landverhuizers Groningen before 1847
Newspaper article about Klaas Beukma
First Emigration Wave
- November 28 - William II becomes King of the Netherlands. He didn't want to interfere in Religion.
- - Emigrants from Groningen 1842
- June 30 - Arrival of Jacob Niewold from 't Zandt with the Westphalia and settles in New Holland, Illinois
- Low economic situation in the Netherlands:bad life conditions ( Late-blight, epidemics like cholera & influenza).
- December 5 - Arrival of 26 People from Nieuw- Schoonebeek (most of them were Roman-Catholic and travelling with relatives from Germany)
- October 3 - arrival Alexander Hartgerink with the Caledonia, who was asked to look for the possibilities in the U.S.
- June 25 - The Zeeveld family from Zeeland settles in Holland, Sheboygan (Ship Fanny)
- April 15 - Foundation of the "Vereeniging van Christenen voor de Hollandsche volkshuisvesting naar de Vereenigde Staten in Noord -Amerika" (The Foundations of the Union of Christians for the Dutch Emigration to the United States in North America")
- May 28 - First 14 settlers (from Gelderland) left with a Letter from Rev. van Raalte (Derk Arnoud, Louize Cramer, Willem Kwinkelenberg, Neeltje Francyna Arnoud, Jan Jacob Arnoud, Nieske Gerritse and their children. Isaac Wyckoff , minister in Albany, reads the letter from van Raalte and decides to help them
- July 14 - Arrival of de Hollander with about 50 people from Gelderland (Aalten, Dinxperloo, Varseveld, Velp, Arnhem) and Zeeland they headed for Milwaukee
- September 24 - Albertus van Raalte departs from Arnhem
- October 2 - Southerner departs, arriving at New York, 19 November 1846
- October 18 - Arrival of the Philadelphia in Philadelphia (Ships Arrivals 1846 1850)
- November 19 - Arrival of the Wakema in New Orleans. Most of the settlers went to Pella.
- December 16 - Arrival of the Katherina Jackson in Baltimore (Ships Arrivals 1846 1850)
- December 19 - Isabella (Bath) with Jan Rabbers and Willem Kremers arrives in New York, they walked from Buffalo to Detroit.
- January 23 - Arrival of Plato in New Orleans with settlers from Drenthe
- February 9 - Arrival at the house of Isaac Fairbanks and rev G.N. Smith : Albertus van Raalte , Evert Zagers, Egbert Frederiks, Jan Laarman, Willem Notting and his wife, Jannes Lankheer. 5 of them from Drenthe. After the sufferings during the winter of 1846-1847, they started on the 9 February 1847 with building the first log cabin in the woods of Michigan. During the year 1847 many migrants found their way to ‘de stad Holland ’ and soon many of them bought their own piece of land and founded small hamlets and villages which they named after their county of origin, such as Groningen, Vriesland , Overisel , Zeeland , Graafschap (after Graafschap Bentheim ), which lies next to Drenthe and Overijssel). Specific there was no "real" border between Bentheim, Drenthe and Overijssel. Many people had family in both Bentheim and Drenthe/Overijssel.see:  Duitsland) and also Drenthe .
- February 23 - First Log Cabin, Founding of: Holland, Michigan!!
- April 6 - Immigration of Jannis van de Luijster In Zeeland (Netherlands) the farmers use infected bird fertilizer from South America and the potato harvest failed. (For Zeeland migration see also: Going to America: Travel Routes of Zeeland Emigrants by Robert P. Swierenga) He and his followers founded Zeeland
- April 27 - Harvest arrives in New York with emigrants mainly from Drenthe.
- April 27 - IJssel arrives in New York with emigrants (Some from Groningen) from which many went to South Holland Illinois
- May - Founding of New Groningen by Jan Rabbers. Jan Rabbers , who hailed from the village of Noordbarge founded Groningen. He had hoped that many settlers from Drenthe would join him at his saw mill on the tributary of the Black river, but most moved towards an area nearby.
- May - Founding of Drenthe by Jan Hulst, First "Drent": Arend Smeding Jan Hulst who originally came from Staphorst, a village in Overijssel . At first it looked as if the village would also take this name but the Drenthen, who were in the majority, stopped this. It was called Drenthe He made the point, however with, a sign in his front garden which read ‘hier begint Staphorst’
- May - Arrival of Rev. Peter Zonne in Milwaukee 
- May 23 - Antoinette Marie arrives in New York with settlers from Bentheim and Drenthe
- May 27 - Vesta arrives at New York, with Rev. Marten Ypma and 49 Frisians, they founded Vriesland, Michigan .
- Jun 2 - Arrival of Maasstroom with Henry Hospers
- June 4 - Dankbaarheid (instead of Dank Caasliest) arrives with Riekeltje Schuring from Nieuwe Pekela wife of Rev. Klaas Wildeboer
- June 5 - Kroonprinz von Hanover arrives with Jannis van de Luijster and the settlers from Zeeland
- Jun 12 - Pieter Floris arrives in Baltimore with settlers for Pella
- June 20 - Founding of Graafschap.
- July 6 - Princess Sophia arrives in New York with Rev. Cornelius van der Meulen (However, he never wanted to emigrate)(see:).
- July - Founding of South Holland (Low Prairie ) (SEE:):The South Holland area's first settlers were Dutch. Hendrik De Jong, his wife Geertje, and their 12 children had traveled west from New York to Holland, Michigan, then on to Illinois. In mid-1847, Hendrik De Jong purchased 300 acres along the Little Calumet River in what is now South Holland. The presence of the De Jong family attracted other Dutch immigrants to the area and soon a community called de Laage Prairie (the Low Prairie) was established. Among other early settlers were Jan Killewinger, Huip Scheuurwater, Antonie Rombout, Antje Paarlberg, and Jakob Duim.
- July 12 - Albatros arrives in New York with the rest of the first Frisians.
- July 26 - Emigration of Gijsbert Haan on board of the Centurion
- August 1 - Arrival of the Frisian Jelle Abrahams van der Meer in Grand haven. he wrote a letter on August 15 1848
- August 6 - Doggerbank arrives in New York: The passengers were all farmers, and settled in the "Kolonie" in Holland, Michigan, and Roseland, Illinois.
- August 6 - Caledonia arrives with Reverend Hendrik Pieters Scholte . He decides to go to Iowa with abt 800 people and founded Pella . His followers arrived on the Katherine Jackson (arrival 22 May 1847); Maasstroom (2 Jun 1847), Nagasaki; Pieter Floris (12 Jun 1847) - all arrived in Baltimore
- August 20 - Arrival of Erasmus with many settlers from Drenthe
- August 26 - Arrival Rev. Scholte at what would become Pella
- 1847/1848 - Founding of Noordeloos Immigrants had arrived in the US in 1847/1848, residing a few months in Old Groningen, before moving to what is called Noordeloos in 1856.
- November 21 - Disaster with the lake steamer Phoenix , abt 127 Dutch passengers died.
- May 5 - Arrival of Father van den Broek with 900 Dutch (Catholic) settlers mainly from Brabant in Little Chute, Wisconsin
- May 13 - Immigration of 4 families, who settled in Fox Point and Bayside, Wisconsin. These families were: Koeslag, deSwarte, Vruwink and Tellier
- May 17 - Arrival of Katherine Jackson with settlers from Groningen
- May 29 - Arrival of Angelique and Scandia with Settlers from Groningen and Drenthe (Evert Everts co-founder of Zeeland)
- Jun 29 - Arrival of Abeona with Settlers from Groningen
- July - Rev Seine Bolks founded Overisel with 87 people from Hellendoorn 
- Augustus 23 - Arrival of Emblem, with many Groningers
- October 11 - New Dutch Constitution by dr. mr Thorbecke : Freedom of Religion in the Netherlands
- November - Founding of North Holland(New Holland)
- First Settlers from Groningen, Drenthe and Friesland in Chicago Groninger Hoek Rudolf Keun, Roelof Pieters from Drenthe,and Gosse Vierstra from Friesland, a ship's carpenter's hired hand who advanced to become a ship carpenter in Chicago.
- June 6 - Worp van Peyma arrives in North America with a group of friends from Het Bildt and Barradeel on board of Steamship Hermann
- July 5 - Arrival of Louise with 7 emigrants from Friesland
- July 6 - Arrival of Proteus with 120 migrants from Friesland
- July - Founding of Hooge Prairie (Roseland, Cook, Illinois) by: Johannes Ambuul, Jacob de Jong, Pieter de Jong, Klaas Dalenberg, Pieter Dalenberg, Jan Jonker, Cornelis Kuijper, Jan Ton, Leendert van der Sijde from Noord-Holland
Newspaper article about the departure of rev. van Raalte
A few of the first pioneers in 1847
Newspaper article about the departure of some Groninger emigrants
Advertisement for Emigrants
- Ruurd Smid (aka Ruurd J Smith) and Ruurd Symensma lead a group of Mennonites from Balk to Jackson and Union Townships in Indiana.
- June 11 - Arrival in New Orleans of 87 Dutch travelers of the William and Mary who shipwrecked (Article: Passagierslijst ‘William and Mary’)
- Jul 1 - Arrival of Isabella with many immigrants from Groningen
- Sep 21 - First burial on Pilgrim Home Cemetery
- May 16 - Rev. Koene van Den Bosch arrives in Noordeloos
- New Groningen Cemetery
Newspaper article about the William and Mary
Second Emigration Wave
- Cholera pandemic, Phytophthora infestans, Rinderpest and the fear for war with Prussia made many think about migration
- Emigration wave from Groningen & Friesland
- Jun 11 - Arrival of Arnold Böninger in New York with many emigrants from Groningen, on 34 people on board died during the voyage
Settlements Michigan about 1860
Advertisement for emigrants
- Founding of Orange City by Henry Hospers, Jelle Pelmulder, Henry John van der Waa, Leen van der Meer and Dirk van den Bos
Third Emigration Wave
- Emigration wave from Groningen, Friesland
- July 11 - Doleantie schism in the Dutch Reformed Church
- In around 1886 Jan Boschma from Kubaard, Friesland arrived in Whitinsville, bringing with him a herd of dairy cows from the Netherlands and settles there
- May 16 - Wytze Feddema (Brother in law of Jan Boschma and Pieter Feddema settle in Whitinsville
- New emigration wave from Friesland and Groningen, about 25.000 Frisians leave between 1890 and 1910 because of the great poverty in and around the "peat-areas"
Main Emigration wave was after 1945,reasons were the economical situation and the fear for a 3th World War.
Popular destinations were: United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.