Source Help: New Netherland Settlers project

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249 views for New Netherland settlers and descendants can be tough; there is a lot of information and even misinformation out there. Research of New Netherland is ongoing and old documents (written in archaic Dutch) are still being translated. Many old genealogy books are wildly inaccurate, with misunderstandings of patronymics and conflations of similarly named people. Where to start!

On most of the New Netherland Settlers project pages, inside of the blue project box, there is a link near the bottom called Resources that leads to our New Netherland Genealogy Resources category.

Located inside of that category there are several pages that can provide quality sources:

1 Sources-New Netherland Settlers

This page has been set up with the Category:Source system. Most of the links on the page go to Free Space pages that have citation examples and multiple links to where the item can be found online. Also, it now features a Caution! section for sources that have been found to contain errors and are unreliable.

2 Primary and Secondary Sources for New Netherland

This page contains links to primary and secondary sources, like wills, deeds, court records. It also has a section with sources relating to specific settlements inside of New Netherland.

3 Baptism and Marriage Records of the Dutch Reformed Church of New Netherland and Beyond

This page contains links to church record transcriptions and where to find them. The church record transcriptions of New Netherland are the bread and butter of the project for several reasons. The women of New Netherland usually did not take their husband's surnames and are recorded with their own family name or patronymic. The witnesses, or godparents, at the baptisms are often related in some way, or their presence can reveal other information. And these families typically used a traditional naming pattern that helps tie them to previous generations. Pure gold!

# 1781 Mar 04 Catharina Rensselaer, of Philip Schuyler and Catharina Rensselaer. Wit.: Genl. Washington, James Rensselaer, Mrs. Washington, Margarita Schuyler.

* If starting from scratch with these church records sounds scary (it is), it's much easier to start with Pat Wardell's collective research files, hosted by the New Jersey Genealogical Society of Bergen County: These files typically contain the dates and locations of baptisms and marriages and can assist in locating transcriptions.

new_netherland.gif Lastly, if you are interested in joining the New Netherland Settlers project, head over to our project thread. Answer that post and you can get your own shiny badge! 

asked in The Tree House by Carrie Quackenbush G2G6 Mach 7 (72.3k points)
edited by Ellen Smith

I think the Dutch website is a valuable resource for New Netherland research: 

  • Babtismal registers (193282 index records)
  • Marriage registers (13931 index records)
To search, select (in Advanced Search mode) Country = World, Place = Nieuw-Nederland and enter name filters.
For more advanced searching (wildcards, searching  couples) apaid subscription is required. However one can always post on G2G with tag dutch_roots, and members of the Dutch Roots project will be happy to perform more complex searches.
well I sure wish I had seen this about two months ago!  but I am getting there - and I have been wary of wrong information that sounds good for a very long time - yet I still sometimes begin with it if I stumble across it- then I keep it around with wrong written on it so I can see that I do not trust it - but there is usually a kernel of truth contained so if you are really stubborn you will eventually find the best source - thanks for this post to aid the NNS people!

I know if I see another looking into NNS I will surely send them right to this post so they get a good start

The new page New Netherland Settlers Project Reliable Sources is an addition to this list.

thanks for adding that link here Ellen - I have it bookmarked!

1 Answer

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The main researcher of my family line sent me a bunch of PDF documents.  I asked him for the sources and he said he didn't remember.  I haven't dared add any of those people to my genealogy, even though he has us going back to New Netherlands.   Thanks for creating these resource pages and telling us about them. I guess I'll join the project and take another stab at working on my Van Dykes.
answered by J. Crook G2G6 Pilot (154k points)

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