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New Netherland & New York Genealogy
New Netherland Signatory HandmarksOne of the very interesting items found about Dutch ancestors is that they often used handmarks, or signatory marks.
A handmark is a representation of a signature, used when an individual cannot write his or her name. Handmarks range from a very simple X to a stylized letter (often the first letter of the first or last name of the individual) to very elaborate designs.
Some of the handmarks I have chosen to publish here on the New Netherland section of Olive Tree Genealogy are few from "Papers Relating to the Condition of New Netherland" dating from 1643-1647 as found in Vol. 1 of Documents Relative to the Colonial History of the State of New York. Some are from my personal research in the Amsterdam Archives.
See the following Dutch settlers signatory hand marks. I will add more Signatory Hand Marks as I find them.
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