Association with the Holland Society of New York is by two means: regular membership and "Friend" of the Holland Society.
You may be eligible to become a member if you are a descendant in the direct male line of an ancestor who lived in
New Netherland before or during 1675. New Netherland ancestry is of many national origins, as evidenced by our most
recently researched list of eligible Surnames on this page. Proven family lineages may facilitate an
easier application process as many ancestor-linked requirements have already been satisfied. When applying for
membership by way of proven lineage a Legacy application process is available, herein.
Prospective members should complete a Member Application Form herein, recognized references and sponsors are
also required. Our Genealogy Committee can often provide assistance with completion of the application, offer
advice about how to locate missing generations, and can help access professional genealogists if more investigation
of resources is needed. Branch Presidents, Head Office staff and other members are also always happy to be of
assistance and will respond to any reasonable request. Proposer and seconder should be members of the Holland
Society, but if this poses a difficulty an arrangement can be made. While the requirement for membership is
certainly stringent, the reward of a successful application is well worth the effort.
Both males and females interested in New Netherland history and traditions are invited to associate with the Holland
Society by becoming "Friend" of the Holland Society. A Friend Application Form is submitted to the Aims and Purposes
Committee and requires a statement of interest in the Society or New Netherland genealogy. In return for the annual
dues Friends enjoy many services and privileges of the Society.
We invite you to associate with us and hope we can assist you in making that decision. In the
meantime, please begin to meet our members by visiting our Profiles section on this page.
Colin G. Lazier, Chairman, Genealogy Committee
David D. Nostrand, Chairman, Aims and Purposes Committee
Robert R. Schenck, Chairman, Membership