The New Netherland Settlers (NNS) project includes settlers, their parents, and their descendants up to 1800 – see the criteria for settlers and the section of the project page on additional categories associated with the project.
New Netherland settlers were a cohesive group of mostly Dutch immigrants who came to America starting in the 1600s and intermarried with each other’s families over many generations. Consequently, many family trees lead to the same small collection of only a few hundred immigrant pioneer ancestors in New Netherland. That huge overlap of trees resulted in many duplicate profiles of these ancestors. And because of the Dutch use of the patronymic naming system rather than the more familiar English surname naming system, these duplicates have not always been easy to spot, nor to resolve.
The solution was the NNS project’s Approval System for merges, which has been in place since March 2014. The review process starts when a profile is added to the Merge Notice category. After careful review of duplicates and verification of proper parent connections (Merge Compare category), one profile is selected for the NNS category and the duplicates are moved to the Merge Pending category. All NNS profiles going through review receive project protection, referred to as a PPP lock.
A “Project Protected Profile” (PPP) cannot be merged away, which means that duplicate profiles cannot be merged until one is selected to retain the PPP lock and the others have the PPP lock removed:
~ Merge Notice (starts the process with a PPP lock)
~ Merge Compare (profile has been PPP locked and is now under review and matched*)
~ Merge Pending (profile has been reviewed and is ready to be merged away once the PPP lock is removed)
~ NNS (profile selected as the final WikiTree ID that all duplicates should be merged into – it retains the PPP lock)
* duplicates should be connected as an unmerged match
If you have New Netherland ancestors, check the NNS category to see if they are listed. If you have additional information that would argue for a different name – yay! Start a G2G discussion. NNS profiles are selected as the best choice “so far” for the final WikiTree ID, which is based on the “Last Name at Birth” (LNAB) field. That decision can and should be revisited when additional information comes to light. You can check all of the categories for profiles in your Watchlist (click the [limit to watchlist] link at upper right each category page) – if you find any in the Merge Pending category, please complete pending merges or check if you should propose a merge with an unmatched merge.
No need to wait for a profile to be labeled NNS to add sources and improve the presentation of information on any NNS profile either. Most profiles need to have work done: to improve them from their original GEDCOM import, to add sources for information included, to include evidence of “surnames” used in baptismal records, marriages, etc. Any Wiki Genealogist can edit a profile in the New Netherland Settlers project, since they are all “Open” profiles (profiles for people born prior to 1814 must be Open).
Also, anyone may move NNS profiles through the project’s Approval System – see the detailed instructions on how. Review is done systematically, a decade at a time, of identified profiles (identified by being placed in the Merge Notice category). A review of profiles for people born in the 1620s was completed last month, and a review of 1630s profiles is nearing completion. So the review of profiles for people born in the 1640s will soon begin.
If you would like to be involved in the New Netherland Settlers project, feel free to contact Project Leader Liz.