Just a note to tell you that I grew up in DeSoto, Mo., and graduated high school there. I'm responding to a note I read in one of your comments about your grandfather, I think, anyway, I thought that was interesting to see DeSoto mentioned. :)
From the New Netherland settlement to the post-war mass emigration to Canada and Australia, for more than 400 years Dutch emigrants have tried to find a better life in the New World. Reasons to emigrate were divers - fleeing the law (or the in-laws), searching for religious freedom, adventure, but above all looking for prosperity.
* Genlias, the national database of genealogy records maintained by the Dutch archives (read my Genlias article for more information).
* Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum, the provincial database of genealogy records maintained by the Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum.
* Internet resources Noord-Brabant, an index to the many available online resources for Noord-Brabant.
Noord-Brabant has always been a predominantly Roman-Catholic province. This means the emigration pattern differs from the reformed regions. In the nineteenth century, people from the east of the province emigrated to the United States. They settled in places like Little Chute, WI.