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  • Sara Jorise Rapelje (1625 - 1687)
    Claimed to be the first European girl born in the Dutch Colony of New Netherlands. Her name is Sara or Sarah Rapelje RECORD: 1. Cornelius N. Hoagland, History and Genealogy of the Hoagland Fami...
  • Maria Jorise Maria Rapalje (1627 - 1685)
    Alt BD 3/16/1627. New Amsterdam intention to marry from 1640 18 Nov; Michiel Paulus, jm van dermonde in Vlaenderen; Maria Rappalje, jd van N. Nederlt
  • Henry Hudson III, The Explorer (1575 - 1611)
    EVENT: Land sale: Founder of Muscovy Company (sponsered John Cabots voyages) This Henry, is identified as Henry Hudson the Explorer. His exploits and life are a matter of historical record. He was a ...

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sticker_new_right.gif News Flash (December 30, 2014) - We've added 2 new subprojects to this set of New Amsterdam projects. One covers the transcriptions of Baptisms in New Amsterdam, the other the Marriages in New Amsterdam. Please follow the projects and/or participate in their progress!

This is the master project for the history of immigration in the Americas through New Amsterdam (Nieuw Amsterdam). It is the story of the primarily Dutch, Flemish and Walloon settlers of the island of Manhattan and the surrounding territories between 1609 and 1674.



This project is VERY FOCUSED. It only considers people and profiles who arrived in New Amsterdam between 1609 and 1674 - the timeframe in which New Netherland (which later became more or less the state of New York) was a Dutch province. As such, New Netherland was pivotal in the birth of the United States.

The project seeks to provide...

  • A repository of the earliest settlers in and around Manhattan
  • A collaboration platform for Geni users searching ancestors of Dutch, Flemish, Walloon, and other European origin

For many Americans, New Amsterdam is the gateway to their European ancestors. In turn, for many Europeans, there are lots of 'lost relatives' who simply disappeared from the European records because they emigrated to New Amsterdam and the 'new world'. The project seeks to further collaboration between American and European Geni users to connect the dots. A good place to start may be the Portal for Dutch Speakers - as it provides useful links to online sources where you can continue your own research - or ask the help of others.

Scope of the project

Though called 'New Amsterdam', the project encompasses the whole of New Netherland (Nieuw-Nederland) - the formal Dutch province that governed these territories. For further information and detail on people and profiles, please check the related subprojects:

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If you have a keen interest in the objectives of this project - please join!

To see the extent of the settlements, please see New Netherland settlements.

Given the millions of Americans of New Amsterdam descent, this could become a thriving project, so all help is more than welcome. Why not take responsibility for a related project, or develop a new one?