This program aims to foster strong collaboration between all living descendants of New Amsterdam immigrants (1609-1674) - and thus improve the quality of the tree. If you are a descendant, please add your profile to the project and get involved!
Whilst Geni is an open collaboration platform, it is vital to respect the private genealogy initiatives from living descendants of a family. Very often, these families have researched their trees for many years. They have access to personal information that is obviously more accurate than anything else we may find. In turn, these families benefit from broad collaboration on Geni by connecting with other families and accessing new sources of information.
Hence, collaboration is and respect are the drivers in this program.
If you are a name bearer or associated with the private genealogy of a 'New Amsterdam family' and you wish to participate in the program, simply tell us and we'll get started. Use Discussions to initiate the dialogue.
Under this program, you'll become a project collaborator and we will...
- Assign you as the prime contact for your family tree (possibly more than one)
- Create a master profile for the New Amsterdam progenitor(s) of your family
- Invite managers of these master profiles to accept you as the primary manager
- Assist you with mergers and problem-solving in your tree
- Liaise with the 'owners' of other families in this program to manage connections
- Connect with the Lost Traces project, to try and find antecedants to your family
The program seeks to deliver many benefits, including...
- Solve conflicting data. With many managers on the same profile, a lot of conflicting data may arise. We'll try and dialogue around such issues and try to achieve agreement on the facts and theories...
- Spelling consistency. Names have evolved, and family branches may live by different modified names. By working together, we try to reach consensus on the spelling we wish to respect by branch and by generation.
- Patronyms and middle names. Many early settlers were only known by patronyms. In order to create consistency in your tree, we can agree on how we deal with patronyms and middle names in the various profile fields...
You'll find Dutch, French and German speakers amongst the program collaborators. Don't hesitate to ask: they can help with a) interpreting 'foreign' names and texts and b) connect you with sources in Europe!
Note: Please keep in mind that every effort in this program is based on volunteer work. In addition, if for reasons of privacy you wish the name of your name or that of your family removed, please tell us so.
The list below shows the families for which a private genealogical initiative has been identified (this list will evolve over time). The names are hyperlinked to the corresponding web site. As the program evolves, we add the name and profile link of the descendant(s) that currently 'own(s)' the coordination of the program on Geni.
- Beekman - Beekman Family
- Blauvelt - The Association of Blauvelt Descendants
- Blauw - The National Blue Family Association
- Bogart (Dutch only)
- Brouwer - Brouwer Genealogy Database
- Coordinator: Janice Fahey
- Crispell - Crispell Family Association
- De la Montagne - Society of the Descendants of Johannes de la Montagne
- DuBois - Dubois Family Association
- Du Trieux - The Association of Descendants of Philippe du Trieux
- Elting - Bevier-Elting Family Association
- Fonda - Fonda Family Genealogy
- Hasbrouck - The Hasbrouck Family Association
- Hendricks - The Hendricks Family Association
- Hopper - The Hopper Family Genealogy
- Knickerbocker - Knickerbocker Family Home Page
- Langestraet - Longstreet Family History
- Ostrander - The Ostrander Family Association
- Pootman - The Putman Family Bulletin
- Probasco - Probasco Heritage
- Schermerhorn - Schermerhorn Genealogy and Family Chronicles
- Skillman - Skillmans of America
- Coordinator: Erica Howton
- Staats - Staats Genealogy and Family History
- Coordinator: Sean Staats, member of the Holland Society of New York
- Stoutenburgh - Stoutenburgh-Teller Family Association
- Terhune - Terhune Family Home Page
- Terwilliger - Terwilligers In America
- Van Aersdalen
- Van Angola - African Immigrants in New Amsterdam
Coordinators: Kenneth Kwame Welsh
- Van Borculo - Burklowfamily.com
- Van Couwenhoven - Van Couwenhoven-Conover Family Association
- Van Curler
- Vandervoort - Vanderford Family Web Site
- Van der Hoeven - Vanderhoof Family History Project
- Van Deventer
Coordinator: Judi McKee
- Van Santen - The Van Zandt Society
- Van Valkenburg - The National Association of the Van Valkenburg Family
- Van Veeder
- Van Voorhees - The Van Voorhees Association
- Van Wagenen - The Van Wagenen Family Genealogy
- Van Wely (Dutch) - Genealogie Familie Van Wely / Van Welie
- van Westervelt - The Westervelt Family
- Vreeland - Descendants of Michiel Jansen Vreeland
Coordinators: Erica Howton
- Wyckoff - The Wyckoff House & Association