Project: New Netherland Settlers

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Welcome to the New Netherland Settlers Project

The mission of the New Netherland Settlers Project is to identify and improve 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 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."



The mission of the New Netherland Settlers Project is to identify and improve the profiles of early New Netherland settlers and their descendants (see Project Goals on specifics of doing that).

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Leaders: Carrie Quackenbush, Liz Shifflett

Project Coordinators: Steven Mix, Ellen Smith

To see all current members, check out the badge report. See the Project Members page for interest areas shared by members. To see what project members are working on, check out the badge feed.

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



NEW_NETHERLAND shows recent G2G (genealogist-2-genealogist) posts & questions that have been tagged new_netherland - please don't forget to tag project-related discussions you start in G2G with new_netherland & other relevant tags, such as DUTCH_ROOTS (if it's about an NNS ancestor) and HUGUENOT (if the person was also a Huguenot).

NNS Google Group

The project has just reached 100 members(!), which is too many to continue using a project page with all members listed as managers as a way to communicate among project members. So we now have a Google Group: wikitree-new-netherland-settlers.
The Google Group is also an important part of the project's stewardship of NNS profiles (see the discussion about WikiTree-8 below).
  • Project members' to-do list (March 13, 2016): NNS members should send a request to join the group (I believe you have to sign up for a Google account to do so).
  • Liz's to-do list (March 13, 2016): send invitations to members whose WikiTree e-mail address she has.

NNS Project's Profile WikiTree-8

The project's profile is WikiTree-8 & its e-mail 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]]), which fall under both NNS & the Dutch Roots project, which is the primary project since NNS Ancestors were never in New Netherland).
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.
  • Liz's to-do list (March 13, 2016): add WikiTree-8 as a manager of all protected profiles in [[Category: New Netherland Settlers]] and [[Category: New Netherland Community 1674-1800]].
  • Project members' to-do list (March 13, 2016): add WikiTree-8 as a manager of NNS profiles you manage by adding to the trusted list and then "upgrading" it to manager (click [Limit to Watchlist] at [[Category: New Netherland Settlers]] and [[Category: New Netherland Community 1674-1800]] - not all that remain will be managed by you, but it's a start).

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 Protected 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

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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