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sticker_new_right.gif News Flash (January 14, 2012) - We've now identified over 2,100 New Amsterdam immigrants! You can find them here.

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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.

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Objective

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?