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  • Rabina Birnie (1844 - 1912)
  • Djemilah Birnie (1845 - 1906)
    Djemilah was from the island of Java in Indonesia. She married the Dutchman Gerhard David Birnie. According to Javanese tradition, she did not have a maiden name, thus adopting the Birnie last name upo...
  • Johan Birnie (1866 - 1958)
    Johan Birnie was born in Djember, East Java. His father was Dutch and his mother Javanese. He was raised in both countries, Indonesia and the Netherlands. He married Albertine Kranenburg, a Dutch woman...
  • Access point for the Global-Geni-user-Community to Indonesian users & sources
  • Portal to build bridges between Indonesia and descendants from Indonesians worldwide
  • We invite all Indonesian users as well as people anywhere in the world with Indonesian family and/or ancestors to join!

International Indonesian Portal

Indonesia has a population of over 240 million people. Throughout its history, it has had a major influence on the whole South-East Asia region - the passageway for trade in the Far East. This portal is a 'work in progress' - set up by a group of Dutch users. Why Dutch? A few words of history...


EN : Since 1602 —when the Dutch Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie - VOC) came into being— Holland has had a major commercial and military presence in the Indonesian archipelago. After the dismantlement of the VOC, in 1798, the Dutch East Indies ‧ were a 'national colony' of The Netherlands for another 150 years. In Malay : Nederlands-Indië or Hindia Belanda.

Between 1945-1965, ca. 300,000 Dutch and Indonesians migrated to the Netherlands. Subsequently, ca. 60,000 Dutch Indonesians emigrated from the Netherlands to the US - reportedly because the Netherlands weren't ready to 'absorb' such an important influx of immigrants. The most recent Dutch census tells us that an estimated 800,000 people of Indonesian descent live in The Netherlands.

BUT… this portal is for relatives of Indonesians ALL over our World - so please join us in our quest!

NL : Voor wie de Engelse tekst bezwaar vormt vertalen we graag. Meldt u indien u daar behoefte aan heeft, want geni wordt alleen dan nog meer multi-langual.

Bahasa : translations welcome !

Indo Dia-spora ‧ 1945-1965

Prior to Indonesian independence in 1949, emigration from Indonesia was limited. However, with independence, many Indonesians in Dutch government service, and people of mixed Dutch-Indonesian descent, decided to emigrate. In addition, as a consequence of the second World War, and the political situation of Indonesia after that war, many Indonesians decided to emigrate.

Wikipedia overview of the 'Indonesian diaspora' 1945-1965

During and after the Indonesian National Revolution, which followed the Second World War 1945-1965 around 300,000 people, pre-dominantly Indos, left Indonesia to go to the Netherlands. This migration was called repatriation. The majority of this group had never set foot in the Netherlands before.

The migration pattern of the so called Repatriation progressed in five distinct waves over a period of 20 years.

1945-1950 ‧ the first wave

After Japan's capitulation and Indonesia’s declaration of independence around 100,000 people, many former captives that spent the war years in Japanese concentration camps and then faced the turmoil of the violent Bersiap period, left for the Netherlands. Although Indos suffered severely during this period, with 20,000 people killed over 8 months in the Bersiap period alone, the great majority only left their place of birth in the next few waves.

1950-1957 ‧ the second wave

After formal Dutch recognition of Indonesias independence [37] many civil servants, law enforcement and defence personnel left for the Netherlands. The colonial army was disbanded and at least 4,000 of the South Moluccan price soldiers and their families were also relocated to the Netherlands. The exact number of people that left Indonesia during the second wave is unknown.

1957–1958 ‧ the third wave

During the political conflict around the so called ‘New-Guinea Issue’ Dutch citizens were declared undesired elements by the young Republic of Indonesia and around 20,000 more people left for the Netherlands.

1962–1964 ‧ the fourth wave

When finally the last Dutch ruled territory i.e. New Guinea, was released to the Republic of Indonesia. Also the last remaining Dutch citizens left for the Netherlands, including around 500 Papua civil servants and their families. The total number of people that migrated is estimated at 14,000.

1949-1967 ‧ the fifth wave

During this overlapping period a distinctive group of people, known as Spijtoptanten' (Repentis), that originally opted for Indonesian citizenship found that they were unable to integrate into Indonesian society and also left for the Netherlands. In 1967 the Dutch government formally terminated this option. Of the 31,000 people that originally opted for Indonesian citizenship (Indonesian term: Warga negara Indonesia) 25,000 withdrew their decision over the years.

Some recent figures : Indonesians and their ancestors a/o descendants abroad...

  • 2006 Australia ‧ census : 50,975
  • 1990 The Netherlands ‧ CBS-Centraal Bureau voor Statistiek analysis : 472,600
  • 2000 United States ‧ census : 63,073
  • the Netherlands : ... Indonesian estimate that 1 million Indonesians living in Indonesia have Dutch ancestors ‧ source

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