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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Leader: Michelle Hartley Project Coordinator: Steven Mix

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

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

Project Goals


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 where they can discuss issues related to that ancestry (such as naming conventions) and so that the project can protect profiles that need it. To that end, we have categories for descendants and ancestors (listed below), as well as an "

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

Project Protected Profiles and the NNS Approval System

Project Protected Profiles

A “Project Protected Profile” (PPP) cannot be merged away, which means that 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. Check the list of selected profiles to see if a name has been decided upon.
The current process for review and decision of which name to use for a profile's WikiTree ID is described in the following "Approval System" section. Prior to that system's implementation in March 2014, we relied on G2G discussions (see the list on the project's 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 on this page (they follow after the "Approval System" section). See also the Quackenbush Bibliography, the only entry so far in a new section: One Name Studies, Bibliographies, and DNA.

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 (for using the system, see these 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).

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, and Doug Lockwood, but any WikiTree Leader can do this.)

Du Bois & DuBois

In general, du Bois for ancestors who remained in France; DuBois (and eventually, Dubois) in America. See the G2G post about the guideline and the New Netherland Settlers Category page for a list of protected profiles that don't follow it.

Van Meteren & Van Meter

In general, in America, Van Meteren before 1700 and Van Meter or Van Mater after (the short-lived use of Vanmetre is the Van Meter branch).

Toers, Tuers, Turse

Toers is the way Arent Laurensen Toers spelled his name at that time(1653) according to the info I have. Variations such as Tuers & finally Turse started appearing in the 1700s and early 1800s. Family website: The Tuers & Turse families continue today. There is a Facebook Group for these families Lockwood

Van Slyke

While in the Netherlands the name would be spelled Van Slyck or Van Slijck, based on the information contained in the book The Van Slyke Family in America, by Lorine McGinnis Schulze, Van Slyke has been chosen for Cornelis Antonissen, his son, several grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter. (See the G2G discussion.)


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.

Useful Offline References

  • John B. Woodworth, "Van Meeteren Manuscript Genealogy," typescript, Waynesboro, Va., n.d.. Burlington Public Library.
If you're willing to do lookups in a reference you have, please post the reference and note that people can request a lookup (see also WikiTree's Genealogy Resource Exchange).

Language Volunteers?

Language assistance is a new undertaking for WikiTree, stemming from a G2G discussion. Dutch speakers can add the Template to their profile. This will also add them to the Nl subcategory under Category:WikiTreers by Language.

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, Bibliographies, and DNA

One Name Studies
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Project Pages

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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