|Your link to the past since February 1996! Search for your ancestors in free Ships' Passenger lists, Naturalization Records, Palatine Genealogy, Canadian Genealogy, American Genealogy, Native American Genealogy, Huguenots, Mennonites, Almshouse Records, Orphan Records, church records, military muster rolls, census records, land records and more. marks FREE genealogy records.|
Olive Tree Genealogy was chosen by Family Tree Magazine as one of the 101 Best Genealogy Websites 2017!
Check out the Genealogy Books written by Olive Tree Genealogy!
Death Finds a Way: A Janie Riley Mystery by Lorine McGinnis Schulze
Janie Riley is an avid genealogist with a habit of stumbling on to dead bodies. She and her husband head to Salt Lake City Utah to research Janie's elusive 4th great-grandmother. But her search into the past leads her to a dark secret. Can she solve the mysteries of the past and the present before disaster strikes? Available now on Amazon.com and and Amazon.ca
|Organize Your Genealogy in Evernote in 10 Easy Steps is a must have!|
Genealogy Mystery Book!
Death Finds a Way: A Janie Riley Mystery
by Lorine McGinnis Schulze
Janie Riley is an avid genealogist with a habit of stumbling on to dead bodies. She and her husband head to Salt Lake City Utah to research Janie's elusive 4th great-grandmother. But her search into the past leads her to a dark secret. Can she solve the mysteries of the past and the present before disaster strikes? Available now on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca
Genealogy NewsletterJOIN the FREE Olive Tree Genealogy Newsletter. Be the first to know of genealogy events and freebies. Find out when new genealogy databases are put online. Get tips for finding your elusive brick-wall ancestor.
Share With OthersShare with other genealogists! Tweet this page! Tweet
New Netherland, New York Genealogy
GLOSSARY OF DUTCH TERMSAum: An old Dutch and German unit of liquid capacity (as for wine) varying from 36 to 42 gallons.
Beverywyck: present-day Albany NY
burgher: a town resident with rights and privileges of the community, the most important being the right to trade
burgher guard: town or city militia
chirurgeon: a surgeon or physician who trained through apprenticeship
duffel: woolen blanket used in trade with native tribes
Esopus: present-day Kingston NY
flat: lowland on a river
Florin: a British coin, originally of silver, worth two shillings. The term can also the Dutch coin called a gulden
Fuyck: community that became Beverwyck then Albany NY
getuygen: witnesses or sponsors at christenings, best man at wedding
Guilder: Abbreviation:gl. Dutch coin (now called a gulden) used in 17th century Dutch colonies of the New World. Six guilders equalled one English pound sterling
Kil: Dutch word meaning stream or brook
Noorman: Norwegian, norseman
morgen: Dutch unit for an area of land equal to two acres
Patronymic: System of identification of an individual using the father's first name and the predominant system used by the Dutch in the New World. The patronymic ending varies greatly, ranging from -sz, -szen, -sen, -se, all meaning "child of". "x" or "dr." was often used to represent a daughter, as in Aefie Harmensx or Aefie Harmensdr. meaning Aefie the daughter of Harmen. A man who was the son of a man named Cornelis might use the patronymic Cornelisz, Corneliszen, Cornelisen, or Cornelise. See an explanation of patronymics at Dutch naming systems
Patroon: A title used for individuals authorized to establish plantations or colonies in Dutch New Netherlands. The patroon system of ownership was equivalent to a landowner being a feudal lord over his tenants. Also means employer.
schepel: 76.4% of a bushel. Wheat was measured in schepels and was used as exchange medium
schepen: Dutch magistrate. The schepenen (plural) was in charge of administrative, legislative and judicial matters. Can also mean Alderman used in the south of Holland, or Flanders
schout: Dutch court official who investigated crimes and made arrests. Sheriff
seawan: also called wampum. A form of coinage in New Netherland
seawan=sewant/zewant/wampum a form of script in the colonies where coinage was rare. The value of a yard-long string of white seawan was 4 florins but this was an inflated price. 8 florin in seawan was only worth 3 florin in coin
stuyver: Dutch coin, being 1/12 of a guilder, now a coin worth 5 cents
wampum: See seawan. Originally wampum referred to shell strings which were used as tokens of leadership or nobility in the Iroquois Confederacy.
weesmeester: orphan master appointed by the courts to administer the inheritance of minors
Wiltwyck: present-day Kingston, New York. Also called Esopus prior to 1660.
All rights reserved
Copyright © 1996-present
Contact Lorine at