Gysbert's Inventory - An Introduction
In 1661, Gysbert Van Imbroch and his family moved to the small village of Wiltwyck on the banks of the Hudson River in the colony of New Netherland (shown in the map above). Prior to his death on August 29, 1665, Gysbert requested an inventory of his possessions, which was completed on September 1, 1665. The inventory, written in Dutch, consists of twelve pages which document all of Gysbert’s possessions at the time of his death in 1665. Gysbert Van Imbroch’s inventory was entered into the Secretary’s Papers and became part of what is now known as the Dutch Colonial Records Collection, which dates from 1658 to circa 1712.
In 1895, the Ulster County Board of Supervisors authorized hiring Dingman Versteeg, a Dutch scholar, to translate all of the Dutch Colonial Records into English. Versteeg was officially hired in 1896, and completed the English Translations three years later in 1899. Written in Versteeg’s handwriting, the complete English translations are comprised of three volumes and along with the original Dutch Colonial Records Collection are now all a part of the Ulster County Clerk’s Archival Collection.
Image: Novae Belgiae Angliae nec non parties Virginiae multis locis emendate (circa 1685) by Nicolaes Visscher. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/97683561/.