Project: New Netherland Settlers

Categories: New Netherland Settlers Project | American Projects

Welcome to the New Netherland Settlers Project

The New Netherland Settlers Project is a project for WikiTreers interested in improving the profiles of early New Netherland settlers and their descendants. From Henry Hudson's 1609 voyage of exploration and past the end of Dutch rule with the Articles of Capitulation, August 27, 1664, to October 1674, when the Treaty of Westminster stipulated all Anglo-Dutch hostilities were to end, these families played a prominent role in colonial America and, as described in Wikipedia, "New Netherland culture characterized the region (today's Capital District, Hudson Valley, New York City, western Long Island and northern New Jersey) for two centuries."


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Leaders: Michelle Hartley, Liz Shifflett

Project Coordinator: Steven Mix

If you're interested in participating in this project, please do the following:

  • Add your name and area or surnames of interest to our Project Members page

For a full list of our members and what they're working on see the badge feed as well as our Project Members page.

G2G discussions

Project Pages


The New Netherland Settlers project admits three main groups:

1. immigrants who embarked for New Netherland no later than October 1674 from the United Provinces of the Netherlands, including Dutch colonies (regardless of where they were born), provided they settled in New Netherland upon arrival

2. immigrants born in the United Provinces of the Netherlands, including Dutch colonies, and embarked for New Netherland (regardless of port) no later than October 1674, provided they settled in New Netherland upon arrival

3. anyone born no later than October 1674 to a New Netherland settler

For project definitions (e.g., "immigrant" is someone not born in New Netherland) and additional information, see Criteria.

The project is intended to be as inclusive as possible, so that people with New Netherland ancestry have a forum to discuss issues related to New Netherland ancestry.and so that the project can protect profiles that need it. (such as naming conventions)

Project Goals

Project Protect Profiles

A “Project Protected Profile” (PPP) cannot be merged away, which means duplicate profiles must be merged into the protected profile. Profiles protected under the New Netherland Settlers project include duplicate profiles being reviewed to prevent merging before the final WikiTree ID has been decided. After review, the selected profile is added to the NNS category and duplicates are merged into it.

Approval System

On March 2014, a rash of bad merges led to a rethinking of this process and a "Red-Pink-Orange-Green" approval system was developed

Prior to that system's implementation in March 2014, we relied on G2G discussions Category page.

Profiles decided upon before March 2014 are included in the current list of selected profiles, and the generalizations for certain family names remain as guidelines

See also the Quackenbush Bibliography, the only entry so far in a new section: One Name Studies, Bibliographies, and DNA.

Approval System" for reviewing potential duplicates and determining the best WikiTree ID for the person.

For more info & instructions. See the category pages for category-specific details:

  • Orange category - New Netherland Merge Pending ("Do Not Merge" message and protection are removed from profile, as it is ready to be merged away), and
  • Green category - NNS (profiles selected to be the final WikiTree ID).

Determine correct last name at birth

NOTE: It's important to agree on the surname and project protect the lowest-numbered WikiTree ID for that person with the agreed-upon spelling/styling BEFORE merging tons of duplicate profiles - and this project has tons of duplicates for just about everybody - then each duplicate should be merged directly into the project protected profile (PPP). (This is a technical issue - see "the redirect problem" for details and this G2G post for a great explanation.)

If you disagree with the styling/spelling of the ID used for any “Project Protected Profile,” please post to G2G using the profile’s “Ask Question about...” button (right-hand side of profiles, under “Comments” section). Be sure to tag the posting new_netherland as well as the current ID (without the number) and your preference (use an underscore for a space; capitalization does not matter in tags) – e.g., for Van_Meteren-8, your tags would be new_netherland, van_meteren, (your_preference)

If you find a lower number, for example, Van_Meteren-10 is a Project Protected Profile, but you find a duplicate profile with the ID Van_Meteren-9, please notify a Leader before proposing a merge so that the Project Protected status can be changed to the lower-numbered ID. (Currently, project members who are also Leaders are Martyn, Michelle Hartley, Abby Glann, Doug Lockwood, and Liz Shifflett, but any WikiTree Leader can do this.)


Important Search Tip: If you're searching for someone whose last name is in two parts, be sure to connect the parts with an underscore (_) in WikiTree person search.

For example: Jacob Van Meter finds no matches, but Jacob Van_Meter finds seven.

Language Volunteers

Dutch speakers can add the Template to their profile by adding {{Template:User nl}}

This will also add you to the nl subcategory under Category:WikiTreers by Language.





Language Help

Dutch Portal

Glossary Netherlands

If you're willing to offer Language assistance, let me know and I'll add the badge to your profile (see the Language badge report; Martyn Grifhorst on that list also has the Nl template on his profile, which means he's a "native speakers of Dutch"). Another person in that category, Ron Wopereis, volunteered to help with look-ups. Thanks Ron!

Less formally, Liz Shifflett can read French enough to get the gist, and Doug Hall has "a dictionary reading knowledge of German (acquired 30 years ago in college) if that will be helpful."

If no one's available, you can always try Google Translate (although it translates van Meteren to "of Thermometers").

One Name Studies



Related WikiTree Projects

  • G2G discussion tags for the Huguenot Migration project: huguenot.
  • If your immigrant ancestor was a Huguenot,then add the {{Huguenot}} template.
  • Migrating member template should always be placed first (above) any other template.
  • {{NNS}}{{New Netherland Settler}} should be placed under the migrating template.

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