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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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Tha Australian families

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Background of the families van Dort from Australia

About 50% of the Van Dorts in Australia are of Sri Lankan origin, as Singhalese became the prime language causing difficulties for the English speaking Burghers from 1948 onwards. It meant that most of them migrated to Australia, England and the US. It seems that at least one of the van Dort people in Australia came from Bergen op Zoom in the fifties. His name has not been recollected yet. He was either a carpenter or a contractor. There is also a family van Dort in Melbourne who is believed to be from Amsterdam 6). There are about 50 families with the name van Dort on the white pages of Australia. 

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octobre 1996 - march 2007, created by Mascha van Dort, Delft, The Netherlands.