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Rotterdamse voorouders

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  • Johannes de Zwart (1851 - d.)
    Johannes de Zwart Zoeaaf Zoeaven vormden vanaf 1831 een Frans legeronderdeel. De hiernaar vernoemde pauselijke zoeaven probeerden rond 1860 de Kerkelijke Staat in Italië van de ondergang te ...
  • Jasper Jans van Westmes (c.1595 - c.1649)
    Last name indicates that he came from west of the river Maas. His son Samson was born in Grave, which is just west of the river. Therefore he might NOT be a son of Jan Jochemsz Westmaas and Jacomientje...
  • Claas Jaspersen Hoijkaas (c.1665 - d.)
  • Jan Hermanus Harten (1791 - 1858)
    Jan Herman zal waarschijnlijk wel Herman genoemd worden, zoals in de familie de gewoonte was. Toen Herman nog maar 6 jaar oud was scheidden zijn ouders; iets heel bijzonders in die tijd. Naar de reden ...
  • Jan Pietersz Weijers (c.1695 - c.1742)
    "Het gezin woonde in de Matenes polder of in de Nieuw Matenes polder". Sources: Marriage: Baptism of Pieter (1718): Baptism of Jakobus (1720):

Welcome to the Rotterdam project

This project is for everyone with relatives and ancestors from Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The Rotterdam project will be multifunctional , it will function as a source for several subjects related to Rotterdam and you will also be able to add your ancestors from Rotterdam to this portal and also find links to several others sources and related projects.

Rotterdam surnames and families

The aim of this project is to record all family surnames of people born in Rotterdam, please only add one profile per surname and make sure you collaborate with other collaborators of this project in order to find more matches

About Rotterdam

Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands and one of the largest ports in the world. Starting as a dam constructed in 1270 on the Rotte River, Rotterdam has grown into a major international commercial centre. Its strategic location at the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta on the North Sea and at the heart of a massive rail, road, air and inland waterway distribution system extending throughout Europe is the reason that Rotterdam is often called the "Gateway to Europe". In the province of South Holland, Rotterdam is in the west of Netherlands and the south of the Randstad.


Settlement at the lower end of the fen stream Rotte (or Rotta, as it was then known, from rot, 'muddy' and a, 'water', thus 'muddy water') dates from at least 900 CE. Around 1150, large floods in the area ended development, leading to the construction of protective dikes and dams, including Schielands Hoge Zeedijk ('Schieland’s High Sea Dike') along the northern banks of the present-day Nieuwe Maas. A dam on the Rotte or 'Rotterdam' was built in the 1260s and was located at the present-day Hoogstraat ('High Street').

On 7 July 1340, Count Willem IV of Holland granted city rights to Rotterdam, which then had approximately 2000 inhabitants. Around 1350 a shipping canal, the Rotterdamse Schie was completed, which provided Rotterdam access to the larger towns in the north, allowing it to become a local transshipment centre between Holland, England and Germany, and to urbanize.

Municipality of Rotterdam

The current size of the municipality of Rotterdam is the result of the amalgamation of the following former municipalities, some of which now are a submunicipality

  • Delfshaven (added on 30 January 1886)
  • Charlois (added on 28 February 1895)
  • Kralingen (added on 28 February 1895)
  • Hoogvliet (added on 1 May 1934)
  • Pernis, Netherlands|Pernis (added on 1 May 1934)
  • Hillegersberg (added on 1 August 1941)
  • IJsselmonde, Rotterdam|IJsselmonde (added on 1 August 1941)
  • Overschie (added on 1 August 1941)
  • Schiebroek (added on 1 August 1941)
  • Rozenburg (added on 18 March 2010)

Rotterdam port of emigration

Many of Emigrants from the interior of the continent of Europe left Europe trough the ports of Rotterdam

Welknown Rotterdammers

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