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


July 2018

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.


New Original Work

 Bryan has again delivered a most interesting study of the family group of Seymour Knickerbocker (1822-1904) at Fort Edward, NY. This exhaustive treatment again shows the importance of good genealogy as the foundation for any potential DNA studies. Link 



Uncle Knick Needs You!

We need Knickerbocker named males to participate in our “Y” Knickerbocker study. Link
The coordinator of this Y study is James Lloyd. Email:

We welcome all but are looking in particular at this time for descendants of Solomon born 1754 at Salisbury, CT. He was the son of John (1710-86). The great Alvin hunt is zeroing in on this line.

We offer the following incentives.

*From Dave -


I am willing to pay for (3) Y-37 tests for the following Knickerbocker Lines:


1.   Henry Knickerbocker (1792-1872) One of the sons of Solomon K. (1754-) he might be the missing link to Alvin E. Knickerbocker (1816-1878)

2.   Hiram Samuel or maybe Samuel Hiram Knickerbocker (1818-1901). He may be Alvin's brother or perhaps a link to Henry.

3.   Alvin E. Knickerbocker (1816-1878).  As you noted - another Y test might confirm or clarify my test.


*From Bryan –


I will gladly contribute money to DNA testing for the Henry Knickerbocker line that passed through Smithville Flats, who I believe is the same one who wound up in Michigan.  I will also contribute for the Hiram Samuel Knickerbocker line from Scio.


*From me (Howard) –


I will pay for half of a Y-37 test for a male Solomon descendant from any of the other 4 known male lines. We need to confirm if Dave’s three mutations (37 test) are common in the Solomon families or is a more recent artifact.



Original  Studies


 ·        Many Names of Harmen Janse – Part 1 - Van Turkeyen and Van Bommel  Link

·        Many Names of Harmen Janse – Part 2 - Van Wye  Link

·         Many Names of Harmen Janse – Part 3 – Van Berghen  Link 

·        Original Pronunciation of Knickerbocker  Link

·        Origin of the Name Knickerbocker  Link

·        Chester Center Cemetery – Collaboration and A Find A Grave Study  Link

·         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


Howard Knickerbocker
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