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Genealogy of the families van Dort

Overview of the families van Dort

The family van Dort from The Netherlands is probably not one family. It is more likely that several families moved away from Dordrecht, also called Dordt, at a certain period of time. When they settled down in a new city they were called van Dort, which could mean from Dordt or from Dordrecht.

A genealogist, who looked into the family Schot, a family which is closely related to the family van Dort in Bergen op Zoom, claims to have found evidence that the family van Dort from Bergen op Zoom, originally came from Dordrecht. We didn't find evidence in Bergen op Zoom to support this theory yet, but it is very well possible.

In the Netherlands of the 17th century people with the name van Dort could be found in various cities: Bergen op Zoom and Rotterdam, Utrecht, the Beemster, Gorinchem and The Hague, Delft and Rijswijk and Amsterdam and Muiden. There is no connection yet established between the people in the several cities. In the 18th and 19th century people with the name van Dort were spread all over The Netherlands and Sri Lanka. And in the 19th and 20th century people with the name van Dort were spread over the whole world: the US, Canada, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Germany, England and Belgium.

The following pages contain the stories of the different families van Dort. The stories are based upon information from the genealogy research of my father and me and all the information provided by people from the families van Dort, whom we had the pleasure to write and talk to. You'll notice that some parts are more detailed than others. We welcome all help to fill in the missing gaps, for instants in the area of the unsolved puzzle of the various coats of arms.

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The Canadian family

Background of the families van Dort from Canada

In the fifties a lot of Dutch people emigrated to Canada to find a better future. See Background to Immigration and Canada 1947-1957. Since oyster fishing in Bergen op Zoom didn't seem to have much future because of plans for a dam in the Oosterschelde, people moved to Canada. But also other people from Rotterdam, who originated from the family from Bergen op Zoom moved to Canada. And Hugh Eric Vandort served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) in World War I. 

There are also a lot of people with the surname Dort in Canada. It is believed that the Dort's in Canada had Dutch ancestors and used to be called van Dort. In "Guysborough sketches and other Essays" written in 1950 by A. C. Jost the earliest mention of a Dort can be found. The genealogies in the book are from church entries, cemetery inscriptions and private family records and are probably far from complete. On a muster roll taken at Halifax, Nova Scotia, July 17, 1784 of the sixtieth Regiment Royal American appears a Valentine Dort. He was given a land grant of 200 acres in Guysborough County. Among the women listed on the muster roll was an Eliza Dort. The Guysborough township book says Valentine Dort married Elizabeth Kiesel 16 January 1785 and yet it seems they were already married in July of 1784. From this couple came the Dorts of Guysborough County. These men were usually given a town lot for their service. In time, Dorts could be found in Dort's Cove, Halfway Cove, Peas Brook, Queensport, etc. all of which are little fishing villages that clot the shore of the Atlantic Ocean leading from the town of Guysborough to the town of Canso. 5)

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