Project: New Netherland Settlers

Categories: United States Projects | New Netherland Settlers Project

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 on 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."

Welcome to the New Netherland Settlers Project

The mission of the New Netherland Settlers Project is to identify and improve the profiles of the New Netherland Settlers, their ancestors, descendants and the New Netherland community.

This page is part of the
New Netherland Setters Project
New Netherland Ancestors
New Netherland Settlers
New Netherland Descendants 1674-1776
New Netherland Community 1619-1700
New Netherland Huguenots
Families × Help × Immigrants × New Netherland × Resources × Ships
For more information, see our g2g discussions at NEW_NETHERLAND


How to Join


Leader: Carrie Quackenbush

Project Coordinators: Steven Mix, Ellen Smith

If you're interested in participating in this project, please do the following:
  1. Add NEW_NETHERLAND to your list of followed tags.
  2. Ask Carrie for a project badge.
  3. Send a request to join the New Netherland Settler Project's Google Group.
  4. Add the line [[Category:New_Netherland_Settlers_Project]] to your biography.
  5. Add your name and and project interests to our Project Members page.

To see all current members, check out the badge report. To see what project members are working on, check out the badge feed.

Project Scope

The definition of a New Netherland Settler is very specific to lineage societies. In short:

The New Netherland Settlers Project recognizes 24 Oct 1674, the date that the Treaty of Westminster (1674) took effect in North America and the Dutch turned over New Netherland to the English, as the cutoff date. Those that were born or those that resided in the lands defined as New Netherland or lands that became New Netherland prior to the cutoff date, are a New Netherland Settler.

An important note: Dutch Nationality is not a requirement for being defined as a Settler.

In addtion, the New Netherland Settlers Project also includes the immediate ancestors of the Settlers; the descendants of the Settlers, born prior to 1776; the Huguenots of New Netherland, some of whom arrived after 1674; and those that became a part of the New Netherland Community, which is difficult to quantify but is usually made obvious with church records and other documentation.

Project Goals

Determining the correct Last Name at Birth

It is important to agree on the surname and project protect the lowest-numbered WikiTree ID for that person with the agreed-upon spelling and styling before merging tons of duplicate profiles, and this project has tons of duplicates for just about everybody. Each duplicate should then 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 a person was baptized without a surname, the New Netherland Settlers Project uses their patronymic for the Last Name at Birth. If later church records reveal that the person did adopt a surname in their lifetime, the New Netherland Setters Project uses that surname as the Current Last Name. Other last names, including names later adopted by the family, should be placed in the Other Last Names where the names can be found through searches and by those creating new profiles.

It is sometimes difficult to separate family names from other words used to describe or to disambiguate a person as people were sometimes described by location, by profession or even nicknames they had somehow earned.

Naming Conventions

Other naming conventions used by the New Netherland Settlers Project include:

  • No ALL CAPS surnames
  • No backwards projection
  • No concatenation
  • No preposition as middle name
  • No abbreviation of prepositions
  • No exclusion of prepositions

For more information about the naming conventions, see Naming Convention.

Approval System

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

  • 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).

For more information and instructions see New Netherland Settlers Approval System.

Protecting Project 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 under review 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.

WikiTree-8, the New Netherland Settlers Project Profile

The project's profile is WikiTree-8 & its email is the project's Google Group address - - which sends activity on profiles managed by the project's profile to the Google Group, allowing better stewardship of the profile by the NNS project. Project policy set when the profile was created (July 2015) is to add WikiTree-8 as a manager for all NNS profiles in the main category for the project - Category: New Netherland Settlers (which is automatically added with the project box - {{New Netherland Settler}}) and iin [[Category: New Netherland Community 1674-1800]]. So, most profiles under the New Netherland Settlers project should have the project's profile as a manager. The exception is Ancestor profiles ([[Category: NNS Ancestor]]) that originate in the Netherlands as they fall under the Dutch Roots Project.

For now, the focus is to ensure that WikiTree-8 is a manager of any project-protected profile (PPP) in those categories (see this page for more info about project protection and this section of the Project FAQ page for information about management of project profiles. Rather than assigning a project member to manage an NNS profile, we add the project's profile, WikiTree-8, as a manager.

To Do List

Here are some ways to contribute to the project:

  • Help identify profiles that should belong to the project and add {{New Netherland Merge Notice|signature=~~~~}} to the biography. This will add a red text paragraph and a project approval system category to the profile where they can be reviewed and potentially protected. It is important that all profiles are reviewed before any merges take place due to the complicated nature of the Naming Conventions used by the New Netherland Settlers Project.
  • Search for potential duplicates for the profiles in the project protected category and set them as Unmerged Matches. It is important that all profiles are reviewed before any merges take place.
  • Add to the trusted lists of New Netherland Settler profiles. If the profile belongs to a person born in the Netherlands, also add the Dutch Roots Project Profile to the trusted list.
  • Review profiles in the New Netherland Settlers category to see if profiles need improvements and add primary and secondary sources to all profiles.
  • Review profiles in the community category to see if profiles need improvements and add primary and secondary sources to all profiles.
  • Help to, where appropriate, clean-up, source and connect the profiles located in the categories under the project maintenance category.
It is very important that all profiles are reviewed by the project leaders and project coordinators before any merges take place due to the complicated nature of the Naming Conventions used by the New Netherland Settlers Project.


WikiTree profiles of the New Netherland Settlers should include the template for this project (see Template:New Netherland Settler). Additionally this will add [[Category:New_Netherland_Settlers]] to the profile. To use it on a profile, just put the following text on the profile, above the Biography: {{New Netherland Settler}}

The Old Dutch flag. ... ... ... belongs to a New Netherland family.
If you are interested in this profile,
please check out the New Netherland Settlers Project!


Language Help

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.

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