Selected Resources Housed in Heritage Hall

Below are links to digital formats of a few collections in Heritage Hall. To learn of all the records stored in Heritage Hall, use the Hekman Library web catalog at the Hekman Library website. You can also search and browse a limited selection of our finding aids online.

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From the history of Calvin College

From the History of Calvin Theological Seminary

The Dutch in Michigan

Anniversary, birthday, wedding, and obituary announcements

A card file of death, birthday, and wedding anniversary notices published in The Banner and De Wachter, from the 1870s through 1999, alphabetically arranged by surname, is located in the reading room. In addition hard copies of the entire run of each periodical are available in the reading room.

PDF index to the Banner announcements, 1955-2015

Births, Marriages, Anniversaries, and Deaths from Christian Courier, formerly Canadian Calvinist and Contact, arranged alphabetically by surname. From databases available in the reading room.

PDF index to Christian Courier announcements, 1946-2015

Church Records

Drenthe (Michigan) Presbyterian Church family records, 1852-1883. The remaining members of this congregation joined the Drenthe Christian Reformed Church.

Maxwell, New Mexico Christian Reformed Church family information. The congregation existed 1893-1908, and supported the Bethesda Sanatorium (tuberculosis hospital) located in the community.

Perch Lake, Michigan (near LeRoy) Christian Reformed Church family information. The congregation existed 1896-1899.

Pillar Church Family Information 1847-1880. The church still exists in Holland, Michigan and has been known as First Reformed Church and Ninth Street Christian Reformed Church.

Rilland, Colorado (near Alamosa) Christian Reformed Church membership information. The congregation existed 20 January 1893 - 11 December 1893.

South Holland (Michigan) Presbyterian Church, 1849-1867 family records. The congregation had a building near the intersection of 32nd Street and Washington Street in Holland, Michigan.

Vriesland (Michigan) Christian Reformed Church membership records, 1857-1893. The congregation disbanded.

Emigrants from the Netherlands to North America, 1946-1963

Information about emigrants, primiarly to Canada via Pier 21, assited by the Immigration Committee of the Christian Reformed Church in North America.

Emigrants from Drenthe, the Netherlands

This is a list of emigrants, 1845-1872, to West Michigan provided by Ger de Leeuw based on sources in the Netherlands.


Weddings (1896-1913) conducted by Rev. Henry Beets.

Weddings (1864-1872) conducted by Rev. Douwe J. Vander Werp and Rev. Roelof T. Kuiper (1879-1889) while at Graafschap (Michigan) Christian Reformed Church

Weddings (1847-1876) conducted by Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte

Young Calvinist Obituaries

Gold Star (military) deaths of members of the Christian Reformed Church in North America, 1941-1973 collected by the Young Calvinist magazine. (List is not complete.)

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Below are descriptions of some of the more heavily used collections in Heritage Hall. Data from these collection are not available in digital format and Heritage Hall does not have sufficient staff to conduct family research, but patrons are welcome to conduct their research in person.

Immigrant Letters

The Dutch Immigrant Letter Collection

The German Immigrant Letter Collection

Family Histories

Published and manuscript genealogies of Dutch-American families.

Holland-America Line Passenger Indexes, 1900-1940
Microfiches copies of the lists with annual indexes, includes all passengers sailing on the Holland-America Line and is not limited to a single nationality.
Background on the Holland America Line:
Detailed description of the lists

Swierenga Passenger Indexes
NOTE: Some microfilm copies of the original records of Swierenga's research are deposited in Heritage Hall, but these copies contain no data in addition to what is in the published sources. These indices contain detailed indexes of people who emigrated from the Netherlands to America between 1820 and 1904. Many of these records are now available from Family Tree Maker, "Immigration Records: Dutch in America, 1800s" (CD# 269).