and Emigrants to America
Welcome to the website of the Kloosterman Genealogy Kloosterman Coat of Arms
Who am I?

By asking yourself this question, you have started a journey. You will be scared and you will be excited.You will be lonely and you will find friendship. You will have fun and you will be sad. This yourney has enriched my life with many relatives in Europe and America, new experiences, new friends and places I never knew before. 

So, join me and read on ……

View of Dordrecht from the Dordtse Kil, 1644 by Jan van Goyen. Like many Dutch painters of his time, Jan van Goyen studied art in the town of Haarlem. At age 35, he established a permanent studio at Den Haag (The Hague). Typically, a Dutch painter of the 17th century (also known as the Dutch Golden Age) will fall into one of four categories, a painter of portraits, landscapes, still-lifes, or genre.

Featured photo’s


“Keep true to the dreams of thy youth“
Our ancestors

This site is presented with the hopes of preserving the memories of our ancestors. Many we know about, and many we will never know, because of records being destroyed by fire, flood, and other disasters. They have made possible the way we live today. We owe them our gratitude and an interest in truly understanding their experiences.

Without them, where would I be? Jacob van Stry, The yacht of the Chamber of Rotterdam for the Dutch East India Company salutes an East-Indiaman and a Dutch man-of-war on the roadstead of Hellevoetsluis, 1790

What’s new

Search your ancestors ! 

This site details the family tree of the Kloosterman family. 

Start your Search or browse SurnamesGezicht op Nieuw Amsterdam by Johannes Vingboons (1664), an early picture of Nieuw Amsterdam made in the year when it was conquered by the English under Richard Nicolls.


my hometown
from “Blaeu’s Toonneel der Steden” Dutch city maps, (Edited by Willem and Joan Blaeu), 1652.

from “Blaeu’s Toonneel der Steden” Dutch city maps, Edited by Willem and Joan Blaeu), 1652. Blaeu's world map, Nova et Accuratissima Terrarum Orbis Tabula, incorporating the discoveries of Abel Tasman, was published in 1648. This map was revolutionary in that it "depicts the solar system according to the heliocentric theories of Nicolaus Copernicus, which show the earth revolving around the sun.... Although Copernicus's groundbreaking book On the Revolutions of the Spheres had been first printed in 1543, just over a century earlier, Blaeu was the first mapmaker to incorporate this revolutionary heliocentric theory into a map of the world.


Mystery photo’s

Any additions, leads, corrections, photos or documents about the surnames Kloosterman, Cloosterman, Claes, Claesz, Bosselaar or Slabbekoorn welcomed.  Just send me an EmailThank you !

Aelbert Cuyp, the Maas at Dordrecht (circa 1650), showing the Maas River in front of Cuyp's hometown of Dordrecht, National Gallery of Art.