Friesland to Whitinsville » Frisian immigrants to Whitinsville, Massachusetts

Biographical Dictionary

Biographical Dictionary of Frisian immigrants in Whitinsville, Massachusetts  and surrounding towns

This Dictionary,  when complete, will include a listing for every person born in Friesland who came through Whitinsville, Massachusetts and the surrounding area.  These people appeared in vital records, census records, city directories and are all connected to the Frisian immigrant heritage of this area.

There are over 900 people that we will be adding to the Dictionary.  We’ll begin by creating a brief narrative including their birth/marriage/death dates and locations, burial location, and names of parents and spouse(s).  Over time, we’ll add photos of gravestones, links to census and immigration records, and other relevant documentation.

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 Newly added biographies


Seeking photos & stories

Are you a descendant of some of the early Frisians to Whitinsville, Massachusetts? Do you have stories or photos that you’d like to share with others? We welcome you to contribute to pages in the Friesland to Whitinsville Biographical Dictionary. Submit your proposal to us using the Contact link at the top of the page and we’ll be in contact soon!


Pages in the Dictionary contain links to external websites that house relevant sources and scanned documents.

formating examples

1888 Aug 14 BS Hennaarderadeel geboorte, page 26
14 Aug 1888 = date of person’s birth
Hennaarderadeel = gemeente (municipality) where the vital record is registered
geboorte = birth


Many of the pages in the Dictionary contain links to AlleFriezen which is a website that presents data from Frisian municipal archives. Here, you will be able to view the scanned document for a person’s vital record such as birth, marriage, or bevolkingsregister (population register). When you click on the link titled “View deed” you will see a larger view of the register where you can zoom in for a closer look. If you do not see your ancestor’s name on this image, click Next, because it may be on the other side of the page.