Today we welcome the arrival of the latest member of the family (hello, Ariana!) so I'm posting the record of our first arrival in America.
This is from the passenger list showing Pieter Kool, wife Tona and daughter Adriana (close!). Pieter was 28, Tona 22 and the baby 11 months old. I cannot imagine traveling across the ocean to a new country with AN 11 MONTH OLD!! (Although, one other immigrant ancetral family came with a 3 month old - more on them later.)
The date: 17 May 1852, the ship Factory arrived in Boston from Rotterdam.