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


August 2018

This web site was started over 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.

25 July 2018 – Middlefield, MA


Bryan got lost after meeting George at the Albany library - and on his way to Litchfield and Dutchess counties ended up on my door step begging for a cup of coffee.


Rumor has it that some interesting information was found in Dutchess County that will lead to an upcoming study and some field work. Bryan is having way too much fun in retirement.


It was great to meet Bryan as all our collaboration has been by email.




Announcing a Major New Study


I am adding a major piece of research entitled “Knickerbockers in Smithville Flats, NY” to our web site. The study is the result of over 20 years of research by many people. Bryan’s investigative work in Central New York was critical to developing these links.

The parents of Alvin 1816 have been tentatively identified with a very high probability - and now research and DNA studies can be concentrated in proving a relationship to his newly identified brother. Dave’s Y37 tests show three mutations so I suspect additional test takers in the Solomon 1754 lines will prove very worthwhile in substantiating this developing theory.

Another brick wall has been broken by proving that the Solomon who died in 1831 in Cameron, NY was the son of Abraham of Litchfield county. Revolutionary War pension files and his son Solomon’s death certificate in 1906 proves his linkage to his father Abraham - as well as identifying his wife. Gretchen’s long search is finally complete.

I modified our Y DNA page to illustrate these discoveries. The only outstanding brick wall remaining is David Baker - and my guess is that he may also be tied to Abraham of Salisbury, CT.



Original Studies

·        Knickerbockers in Smithville Flats, NY  Link

·        Knickerbocker Families of Fort Edward, NY   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 

·        Original Pronunciation of Knickerbocker  Link

·        Origin of the Name Knickerbocker  Link

·        Chester (MA) 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


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