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Due to persecution for religious reasons (Hugenoten) als well as due to war a large flow of migrants occured in Europe. Many tried to rebuild their existence elsewhere in a different country. You will find a lot of people in Zeeland, especially in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen, with foreign names originating from France or Austria (Salzburg area). These two groups migrated mainly for religious reasons. For some the conditions in Zeeland were not good enough, so they decided to move on. From several parts of Zeeland they departed to another country or continent. My information is limited to families from the Province of Zeeland.

During the time frame 1840 to 1920 about 12.000 persons from West Zeeuws-Vlaanderen migrated to mainly North America.Bram Vergouwe from Breskens has made an effort to collect all those names and this collection is the basis for my further research. It is remarkable that in the period 1858 to 1862 about 500 persons decided to go to South America, particularly Brazil. The well known archivist Dr. J de Hullu had already done some research on this group, but Mr. G.A.C. van Vooren has made an overview dedicated to this specific group of Dutchman including more detailed information. In 1984, Mr. F. Buysse promoted on a study Cultural Antropology to this group. I owe it to Mr. D. Hoogeveen, currently residing in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, that I was informed about the information on this group by providing me with several documents.

It is already possible to find more information on the emigrants. In several cases the name of the ships they have traveled was found and added to the person. For each ship the names are combined per voyage to give you an overview who traveled together and if available their final destination. It is my intention to find descendants and ascendant for all emigrants from Zeeland, however I can not do this on my own. Your help in collecting the data will complete the research in less time. At the current rate it might take 10 years to complete.

So your additions and corrections are highly appreciated. You can select a character to get a list of surnames (immigrants only) starting with that character. You might also use the the search item from the menu, which is more flexible.

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