New Netherland surname: Staats or Staets?

+8 votes

I'm ready to do a merge, but don't know which direction to go with it.

Elizabeth Elsie Staats/Staets is a New Netherland ancestor. I see that Staets-43 is project protected, but documents from New York use the Staats spelling, as in Staats-63.

Any NN experts want to weigh in? 

Thanks, Carole



WikiTree profile: Elsie Schuyler
in Genealogy Help by Carole Partridge G2G6 Mach 7 (76.9k points)

2 Answers

+5 votes

This is from her father's baptism and appears to be Staets (compare to the double a in Isaac). Elsie "Elizabeth" was born in Albany which does not have baptism records prior to 1683.

Spelling is difficult in New Netherland which is why it usually takes the project to decide the LNAB, and typically through church records. Church records are more reliable as the domines were more likely to be Dutch and interpreted by those that speak and study ancient Dutch, whereas general documents could have been generated in any sort of manner.

Profiles are generally imported with the modern last names whereas the project uses patronymics when the baptism records show that is what was used for the baptism. That's usually the case but these people were from the Belgium area and already had a surname.


by Carrie Quackenbush G2G6 Mach 8 (81.3k points)
edited by Carrie Quackenbush
Thanks, Carrie! Just wanted to make sure before merging.
+4 votes

Modern historians have called this family Staats, but the records from Belgium apparently had the "ae" spelling (in addition to the  record that Carrie posted, see, for example, other records cited in the profile for Staets-2).

Since there is no record of her baptism, it seems reasonable for her LNAB to use the spelling from earlier records for her father. But she was also called Staats. For me, the most important thing is to record all of the spellings.

by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.6m points)
Thanks, Ellen! And thanks for proposing the merge.

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