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This project provides an overview of notable, direct descendants of New Amsterdam immigrants (1609-1674).

Wikipedia provides an interesting overview of famous Americans of Dutch descent. On this Geni page, we focus only on direct descendants from the 1609-1674 immigration (not necessarily of Dutch origin).

Famous New Amsterdam descendants


Media & Entertainment



  • Myndert Van Schaick, founder of New York University

Arts & Literature

  • Keith Haring, artist and social activist
  • John Updike, novelist and poet