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·          Historical Society

·         Interviews & Video


·         The New 1850 Based

·         Van Alstyne 1908

·         Historic Genealogies


·             Documents - Reports

·             Alvin Search

·             DNA

·             Finding Aids

·             Early Census Listings

·             Archived Email

·             Databases        

Family Background

·         Knotable Knics

·         Mug Books

·         Reunions

·         The Origins of the Name

·         Early Newsletters

·         Kathlyne Viele

·         Harper’s Magazine - 1876



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


Summer 2023

This web site was started over 25 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 Schaghticoke Society. Knickerbocker Research will always have a home here. Welcome Cousin - w­­­­­e are all related. 


The New Knickerbocker Unified Family Tree - Link

We’ve finally done it. Our own modern independent on-line family tree containing about 7,400 entries is up and running. We were able to move the Ancestry site to Roots Magic 9 and from there, via Gedcom, to the GedSite 4 static web site builder program.

We managed to reduce the huge size of the Ancestry site by deleting some 14,000 copyrighted image files leaving us with about 1,400 images to manage

We have verified the early family by tying the mid-19th century censuses to the early Albany family. This new genealogy contains only the descendants of Harmen Jansen and their spouses. The concentration is on the male lines as researching female lines past to present is almost impossible.

We have abandoned the Family Search genealogy site for anything but a historic picture depository. There is no control over ill-informed people making changes to established and proven relationships.

Link to the new web site information page.


Dave Knickerbocker

I wanted to remember Dave Knickerbocker who died in 2019. Dave and George Walker kept us entertained with the “Great Alvin HuntTM” until Bryan solved this all-consuming brick wall mystery.  I met Dave in person once at Schaghticoke - but we exchanged hundreds of emails over the years. Dave was a Vietnam combat veteran, Mayor of Oviedo, FL and a successful businessman. Link to obituary.


Lawrence Knickerbocker and his Children

This is the rich tale of the Knickerbockers exploding out of their Dutchess County roots to areas across the eastern United States. Most Knickerbockers who are alive today have been affected by this sequence of events.  We begin this story with a road trip through key locations in Dutchess and Litchfield Counties.  We then use an analysis of 1850 census results to explain how the Knickerbockers migrated out of the Hudson River Valley to far off lands such as the Finger Lakes and Michigan.  We believe this approach will provide a solid foundation for ongoing studies of later generations of Knickerbockers. Link


Original Studies

Lawrence Knickerbocker and his Children Link

Death and Burial of Harme Janse Knickerbocker  Link

Many Benjamin Knickerbockers (Revised)  Link

The Birth of Harmon’s John Link

Elizabeth Bogaert – Mother of All the Knickerbockers  Link

Knickerbockers in Amenia, Dutchess Co, NY Link

Ruliff Knickerbocker of Amenia, NY Link

Alexander Hamilton & The Knickerbockers Link

Knickerbockers of Pine Plains – John C. & Lydia Pulver Link

John P. Knickerbocker & Anna Couse  Link

John Knickerbocker & Lydia Jackson Link

Hugh Knickerbocker and Rachel Schram  Link

Frederick Knickerbocker – Son of Hugh and Rachel Schram Link

Knickerbockers in Smithville Flats, NY  Link

Knickerbocker Families of Fort Edward, NY   Link       

Migrations of the Early Knickerbockers  Link

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

Analysis of the Kathlyne Viele Genealogy with Translations Link

Origin of the Name Knickerbocker  Link

Original Pronunciation of Knickerbocker  Link

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 

Chester (MA) Center Cemetery – Collaboration and A Find A Grave Study  Link


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