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, 27 Aug 1664, to 24 Oct 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 Settlers
New Netherland Descendants 1674-1776
New Netherland Community 1619-1700
People of New Netherland
Help × Families × Immigrants × Ancestors × Resources × Ships × New Netherland
For more information, join our forum discussions at NEW_NETHERLAND


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Project Information


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 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.


The goal of the New Netherland Settlers project is to identify profiles that fit within the scope of the project and add it to the project by adding the project profile as a profile manager and including a template on the profile. All profiles that have the project templates on them must have the project profile as a profile manager. Please see this page for more info about project protection and this section of the Project FAQ page for information about management of project profiles.

To have the project profile added as a profile manager, add {{New Netherland Settler|Needs=PPP}} to the biography, or add to the trusted list of a New Netherland Settlers project profile.

Once a profile has become part of the project, the project will work to improve the profile in every possible way: sourcing, connecting, merging, and more. Project profile improvement generally begins with locating a baptism record.


Naming Conventions

It is important to determine the surname and project protect the lowest-numbered WikiTree ID for that surname 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.) For more information about project naming conventions, see New Netherland Settlers Project Naming Convention.

Naming conventions used by the New Netherland Settlers Project include:

Last Name at Birth (LNAB)

The order of preference for the LNAB of New Netherland profiles:

  1. Signature (it must be in an image) - The reasoning for this is that primary sources are rare in the New Netherland. When a signature is discovered, it is likely the only primary account of a name we will discover.
  2. Baptism record (unless the father has a patronymic)
  3. Marriage record
  4. Children's baptism records
  5. Court documents

As explored in "New Netherland Naming Systems and Customs" in the Jan 1995 issue of the NYGBR, though the British ended the use of patronymics in 1687, usage continued; therefore the New Netherland Settlers Project uses what is found in baptism and marriage records.

The first surname (or patronymic) that appears in church records for a person will be used for the Last Name at Birth (within reason). Other last names, including names later adopted by the family, are placed in the Other Last Names field where the names can be found through searches and profile creation forms.

The project does not use patronymics derived from baptism records that don't include a surname, as the Last Name at Birth. These patronymics should be added after the given name in the First Name field.

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 (toponymic), by profession or even nicknames they had somehow earned.

Naming of Married Women

Consistent with customary practice in the Netherlands and the other European countries they came from, married women in New Netherland generally did not use their husbands' last names. This practice changed gradually over time. The Current Last Name for a married women should not be her husband's last name unless a contemporary record shows her using that name during her lifetime (or at her death). If published genealogies or other modern sources identify her with a husband's last name that she is not documented to have used, that name may be listed as an "Other Last Name."

To do

Future goals

  • Create more New Netherland Census Free Space pages and link them to profiles.
  • Link baptism witnesses in church records to their profiles
  • Locate signatures for profile images
  • List from Settlers of Rensselaerswyck
  • List of immigrant women by patronymic
  • Succession boxes for politicians (see Register of New Netherland, 1626 to 1674)


The New Netherland Settlers Project has 3 project box templates to add to profiles for which the project is a profile manager. Please follow the links to learn more and to see examples.

If you believe that the profile needs to have the project as a profile manager but you are not sure of which template to use, place {{New Netherland Settler|needs=PPP}} in the biography and this will add the profile to a maintenance category where it can be reviewed.

The project also has two stickers:


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