About the Program
Although New Netherland as a political unit lasted only about 60 years, its influence on the developing American society was significant. Researching New Netherland ancestors is exciting and challenging and requires an understanding of both Dutch and English record groups.
Mary will discuss several important concepts, including personal names, naming patterns, and patronymics, and will explore the various record groups needed to construct a family history of these early American colonists. She has prepared an extensive bibliography of New Netherland resources that can be used as a checklist for research.
About the Speaker
Mary Van Orsdol received her B.A. in history from University of California, San Diego, her M.A. in American history from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and her M.L.S. from University of California, Los Angeles. Her first library position was at University of California, Irvine, as the Humanities Reference Librarian. Mary began researching her genealogy in 1991 after she attended a Van Orsdol family reunion in Bristow, Oklahoma, and met several Van Orsdol genealogists who generously shared their findings. She was able to combine her professional interests in research methodology and her personal interest in genealogy when she was hired as a genealogy reference librarian at the Carlsbad City Library; she became the head of the Genealogy Division in 1993 and retired from that position in 2015.
Mary developed a strong research interest and expertise in New Netherland research as she traced her family’s history. Her other genealogy interests include genealogy research methodology and how this is changing with the internet, source citations and how citing sources influences research methodology, and, most recently, organizing genealogy findings electronically, in other words, going paperless.