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 Ancestors
New Netherland Settlers
New Netherland Descendants 1674-1776
New Netherland Community 1619-1700
New Netherland Huguenots
Families × Help × Immigrants × New Netherland × Resources × Ships
For more information, join our forum discussions at NEW_NETHERLAND


How to Join


Leader: Carrie Quackenbush

Project Coordinators: Steven Mix, Ellen Smith

To receive a project badge, please reply to our forum post Interested in the New Netherland Settlers Project? If you have any other questions, please see our FAQ page.

To see all current members, check out the badge report. To see what project members are working on, check out the badge feed.

Project Information

Project Scope

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.

Project Goals

WikiTree-8, the Project Profile

The project's profile is WikiTree-8 and its email is Having the project profile as a manager of the profile allows activity on profiles managed by the Wikitree-8 to be sent to the New Netherland Settlers Project Google Group, allowing for better stewardship of the profile by the NNS project.

All project profiles born prior to 1700 must be a project-protected profile (PPP). Project profiles born between 1700 and 1750 should have project protection. Project profiles born after 1750 can have project protection, but it isn't critical, though protection may be needed for disambiguation.

To have Wikitree-8 added to a profile, add {{New Netherland Settler|Needs=PPP}} to the biography, or add to the trusted list of a New Netherland Settlers project profile.

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.

Project Policies

Uncertain Relationships

The New Netherland Settlers Project does not disconnect profiles that have an unproven relationship. Until a relationship has been disproved, the project uses the Uncertain indicators, and the {{Uncertain Family|New Netherland Settlers}} template as needed, to show that a relationship is not sourced.

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 information about project naming conventions, see 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."


The New Netherland Settlers Project has 3 templates to add to project profiles. Please follow the links to learn more and to see examples.

If you're unsure 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.

Here are the New Netherland Settler Project policies regarding templates:

  1. Only one New Netherland Settlers Project template should be used per profile.


Language Help

Language Volunteers

Dutch speakers can add the template to their profile by adding {{Languages|nl}} This will also add you to the nl subcategory under Category:WikiTreers by Language.

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