Reenactor at Mansion

Knic Connections

·         Knickerbocker Historical Soc.

·         Interviews & Video

·         2017 Mansion Schedule


·         The New 1850 Based

·         Van Alstyne 1908

·         Historic Genealogies


·         Original Research

·         Finding Aids

·         Documents - Reports

·         Early Census Listings

·         Archived Email

·         Databases

·         DNA

Family Background

·         Knotable Knics

·         Reunions

·         The Origins of the Name

·         Early Newsletters

·         Kathlyne Viele

·         Harper’s Magazine - 1876

·         Home Page Archive        


Yes – We are all related! The fun part is proving it.  




 November 2017

This web site was started 20 years ago to support the Knickerbocker Historical Society at Schaghticoke, NY and to provide a spot for sharing family information. The genealogy world has greatly changed from my publishing a paper family newsletter in the 90s to having massive commercial on-line sites and DNA based genealogy available today.

I have kept this site available to provide the base family genealogies and as a link to the Society. Research of a more general nature will always have a home here. Welcome Cousin.


Late Breaking - Nov 6th

Bryan just delivered his 57 page analysis of the Kathlyne Viele genealogy. He has learned the early Dutch language and provides translations of some key documents. His take on the early “genealogists” at the mansion will amuse. Do not delay. Link

Comments – Databases and the 1850 Genealogy:

For 25 years I’ve envisioned a co-operative family genealogy that would encompass the entire Knick family and would be shared across all the contributor’s computers thus ensuring a huge backup of the data and perpetual care as newcomers joined the circle and provide new inputs. I found out early on that one person cannot do everything required.

My software / system wish list would include a full strength local database program which connects to a synchronized remote shared data base where all participants would both upload their unique local data and receive back data added by others - in a transparent exchange.

Also - source documentation acquisition would be very flexible and sources could also be accessed by hyperlink. Also – multiple automatic data backups in case of database corruption. Also – conversion to intermediate programs such as GEDCOM to force functions or data transfer is never required.

The new database will initially be a new 1850 based analysis to connect all the Heads in that census year to the immigrant ancestor. Post 1850 documentation multiplies by ten or 100 fold and genealogies are quite easy to construct coming back to the present. The brick walls start appearing with the heads in the 1850 census.

I’ve been waiting for the new Family Tree Maker 2017 to shake a few of the bugs out. That and Roots Magic 7  can now both download and upload data from an Ancestry tree in a seamless manner. Anyone can be given Ancestry editing privileges and start contributing. This is the first time that sophisticated collaboration has been even remotely possible.

There are enough differences between the two programs that there will be problems to overcome. I just purchased the new FTM at 80 bucks. It is cheaper if you use a previous version and qualify for an upgrade. This is a huge experiment and the test might not work out.

I’ve held off pushing the new genealogy until we had a common horse to ride. I’ll now finish entering the 1850 data. I’ll put together a short list of basic formats and abbreviations so all the databases are compatible from the start. 



·         John Knickerbocker & Lydia Jackson Link

·         Migrations of the Early Knickerbockers  Link

·         Many Benjamin Knickerbockers  Link

·         Hugh Knickerbocker and Rachel Schram  Link

·        The Father of Solomon Knickerbocker (1812-92) Identified  Link

·         Analysis of the Kathlyne Viele Genealogy with Translations Link

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