Hello all. Pretty frustrating to see the immigrant profiles gone from the project, of course! But, I think we just need a bit of patience. It looks like Geni's database tables go through a time-consuming refresh, so I bet that our 1,600+ profiles will be there soon. To play it safe, personally, I'm no adding any new profiles here until we see the old ones back. In the meantime, have you checked the New Amsterdam page on Facebook? http://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Amsterdam-Project/129761257113815
The idea is to reach out to millions of users who might have a New Amsterdam connection in their family, and raise awareness for - and interest in - the work we're doing here together!
Second page, all again are family but now finding some that are related from further back in time not later merges. for example: http://www.geni.com/path/HIM+Crowned+Anointed+Prince+Corey+of+the+L...
We knew back in 1650's (us from Essex) who we were closely related to and organized marriages and divided the families to prevent inbreeding.
When I 1st went through I just clicked on names I recognized, and that was about half of list, but so far, the 1st 5 pages, every single one is family in a way that all alive today would be straight up cousins. I figure once we knew the bloodlines were pure untainted Royal bloodlines in New Amsterdam, we stuck together till 1777 then split in two, but here in Canada, we continued to stay together in Peterborough, and Niagara Region. I know that my family has never ever married outside of the Royal family in all of history, they were very strict about that.
To escape persecution in East Friesland, (after discovering the secrets of the Vatican) the the families moved to West Friesland closer to the border Near Amsterdam where religious tolerance was accepted so people were not being killed just out side the borders. But in Essex (the families closest to the Throne of England) they had to escape to Scotland then get on a boat to go to Amsterdam. Then from Amsterdam, these families (all related) came to the New World. This is a project I am currently working on and may some day add it to Geni (if this site turns out well) but it is a scary project, because it reveals truth and may change the very reality of who the Royal family really is.
is another example on the opposite side of Friesland, Father was from Normandy France and Counts of Anjou to Belgium to Staaten Island
Birth: circa 1630
La Bassee, Wicres, French Flanders, Belgium
Death: circa 1707 (77)
Staten Island, Richmond, New York, USA
I am ignorant of early American history and working on my family tree on Geni has started me learning about where the early immigrants came from, specifically the East of England. I still don't understand the relationship of the Pilgrims with Holland. I'm not sure if all these things (your own story, New Amsterdam, and the Pilgrims' connection with Holland) are tied together.
You might enjoy this little note
I find Corey's line of thought very interesting. From where we sit, it's difficult to understand the minds and motives of the immigrants. The general things we know: the search for good fortune and religious freedom were major drivers. Many emigrants actually left on very precise contracts, to work for a while for holders of land patents and patroons. Others really came in groups that were bound together through origins, family, religion - like the Walloons, or the large number of French Huguenots that fled France and settled down around Mannheim first. There's definitely also the cluster that Corey hints at, the group of people that left Holland to settle in Schleswig Holstein (East Frisia), and then came back - and then went to New Amsterdam. And, indeed, there were English that went to Holland first, before setting off to the New World.
A 'classification' around the religious aspects can be helpful. Probably we need other types of classification as well - including the clusters where people settled (New Amsterdam, Rensselaerswijk, Gravesend, Bergen...) - or even significant non-Dutch places of origin (Mannheim? Noordstrand? La Rochelle? Valenciennes?). Interesting to keep in mind... Interesting to keep in mind, also, is that the Saint Batholomy massacre in 1572 almost wiped out the Huguenot aristocracy in France, after which the exodus of Huguenots really started. Also interesting to note is that it was the Walloons that had been pushing for settlement of New Netherland (the Dutch initially just wanted to have trading posts).