Listed below are some suggested links to help you search for that long lost family member or friend.
There are several places where you may want to inquire. The best places to look here in the US are in the American Family Immigration History Center Ellis Island site at http://www.ellisisland.org or the immigration records at our National Archives (see below). The National Archives are in Washington, DC and at some other locations, including New York.
In Canada, the Canadian Archives are recommended. Records from 1936 and onward have not been released by the Canadian government. PIER 21, a Canadian National Historic site in Halifax may be a good source of information and some older records. They are located at 1055 Marginal Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 4P6. Their website is www.pier21.ns.ca and their Resource Center can be emailed at email@example.com. For Canadian citizens and residents seeking records from 1936 and onwards, please take a look at the adjacent page, "Canadian Records" for more assistance.
There are two other locations are in Holland. One is the Maritime Museum in Rotterdam (http://www.www.maritiemmuseum.nl )and the other is the Rotterdam City Archives. Their address: Muncipale Archives, P.O. Box 25082, 3001 HB Rotterdam, Holland. Again, when you write, specific information may be required and be sure to ask for the complete list. They're website, in Dutch, is located at http://www.gemeentearchief.rotterdam.nl.
As for the "Official" Holland America Line, it appears they no longer have older records of passengers on their ships. With the moves from Hoboken to Pier 40 in New York and then the move from New York, most of the passenger ledgers were disposed of, along with quantities of what would now be considered collectibles. Many of the lists from the late 1800's in the collection of the "Unofficial" HAL Home Page were saved by what could best be discribed as "scavengers" (using this term with love and affection), people with the foresight to save these items from the trash.
American Family Immigration History Center, Explore Your Family History at Ellis Island at http://www.ellisisland.org
National Archives and Records Administration - Genealogy
National Archives and Records Administration's Archival Information Locator at http://www.nara.gov/nara/searchnail.html.
Canadian Archives - Immigration Records:
The Immigrant Ship Transcribers Guild, whose mission is to transcribe passenger lists from many ships. We highly recommend having a look at their site at http://www.immigrantships.net/.
Digital Resources Netherland and Belgium; integral workings of interest for genealogical researchers at http://geneaknowhow.net/digi/resources.html, courtesy of Herman de Wit.
Family Tree Searcher at http://www.familytreesearcher.com: Enter your ancestor data just once to search for family trees at multiple web sites.
Family Tree Maker at http://www.familytreemaker.com/gramain.html#usvitals
Tony Cimorelli's Searchable Database of Ship Arrivals
(Contains the complete Morton Allan Directory of Ship
Lou Alfano's Database of Ship Description's and Histories:
The Ships List at http://www.theshipslist.com/ with not only passenger lists, but also links to other resources.
Cyndi's List - Over 26,000 Genealogy links in over 70 categories:
The National Archive of England, Wales and the United
http://www.macatawa.org/~devries/ has information on Dutch immigrants who settled primarily in West Michigan.
Family Search at http://www.familysearch.org.
Genealogy News at http://news.genealogytoday.com/.
Heritage Quest at http://www.heritagequest.com
Genealogy.com at http://www.genealogy.com.
FamilyToolbox.net at http://www.familytoolbox.net
Digisources at http://digisources.genealogytoolbox.com
The WorldGenWeb Project at http://www.worldgenweb.org
The American Family Immigration History Center at http://www.ellisisland.org
Ancestry.com at http://www.ancestry.com.
RootsWeb at http://www.rootsweb.com.
USGenWeb at http://www.usgenweb.org.
USGenWeb Archives at http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb
Search and ReSearch Publishing at http://www.searchresearchpub.com
MyTrees.com at http://www.mytrees.com
JewishGen at http://www.jewishgen.org.
Family Tree Maker's home page at http://www.familytreemaker.com.
National Genealogy Society at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org.
America's First Families at http://www.linkline.com/personal/xymox.
German heritage sites:
Italian heritage sites:
African heritage site:
Asian heritage site:
Origins.net at http://www.origins.net
Society of Genealogists at http://www.sog.org.uk
Genealogy Toolbox.com at http://www.genealogytoolbox.com
Vital Records at http://www.vitalrec.com
Beginner's Guide to Family History Research at http://www.arkansasresearch.com/guide.html
Family Chronicle at http://www.familychronicle.com/begin.htm
Genealogy 101 at http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~bridgett/101a.htm