We have developed a general bibliography that will help researchers place their ancestors in a historical context, and am soliciting comments and additions for this. See the Publications and Resources pages on this site.
For example, my first suggested resources include the following:
Gehring, Charles T. “Privatizing Colonization: The Patroonship of Rensselaerswijck.” Annals of New Netherland, 2000. Gehring was Director of the New Netherland Project (though now retired). This paper is based on a talk before the Delaware County Historical Association at SUNY Delhi on September 24, 1994. Available at: http://www.nnp.org/nni/Annals/
Jacobs, Jaap. The Colony of New Netherland: A Dutch Settlement in Seventeenth-Century America. (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2009), paper edition. A modern scholarly study, with translations of Dutch records, of the Dutch colonization of New Netherland.
Panetta, Roger (ed.). Dutch New York: The Roots of Hudson Valley Culture. (Yonkers: Hudson River Museum, Fordham University Press, 2009), paper. A look at the Dutch role in America’s origins and in creating habits, styles and practices of New York. Panetta of the Hudson River Collection of the Hudson River Museum. The book includes 13 original essays.
Comments and suggested additions will be incorporated into the resulting page available on this web site. In no way are these first suggested items meant to imply a Dutch background for our Roblee ancestors. In fact, the Dutch encouraged settlement without regard to the ancestry of those who came to New Netherland.