What to Do if You Don't Know Dutch

Don't worry too much! Many of the New Netherland records have been translated into English and there's plenty of people out there who are willing to help you. I do recommend that you learn a few key terms, however. (Click here to go to a Glossary of Common Terms in New Netherland Research.)

Language Helps

(Spoken in the Dutch province of Friesland)

Handwriting Helps

  • Willem Rabbelier's Old Dutch Handwriting- includes images of old Dutch letters, abbreviations, and examples of marks.
  • Bentz, Edna M., If I Can You Can Decipher Germanic Records, (self-published, 1982)- shows examples of Germanic letters with variations; also lists of illnesses, occupations, and titles.
  • Help with Old Handwriting- not neccessarily about old Dutch script but it does contain general help.

Pronunciation Helps
(click here for tips and links)

A Note about Spelling

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