Knic Connections

·          Historical Society

·         Spring 19 Newsletter

·         Interviews & Video

·        2019  Schedule


·         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

·         Home Page Archive        



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


May 2020 – All Activities Cancelled Until Further Notice at The Schaghticoke Mansion

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 Schaghticoke Society. Knickerbocker Research will always have a home here. Welcome Cousin - w­­­­­e are all related.


New Family Trees - Update

Bryan has rebuilt his database into a new “Unified Genealogy” that contains 6900 individuals and 2600 families. We tried both site builders included with Roots Magic and both failed. We want a site separate from Ancestry and have temporarily parked it on the Roots Magic provided site. I am exploring third party site building programs. Link to New Site.

We discovered that missing 1850 families are present at least through the 1870 census as well as some state enumerations. It has created the necessity of a massive correlation study that is ongoing. The pure 1850 family study will be a subset of the new Unified database and will be used to identify missing lines for future research.

The virus has distracted us a bit but we are back to work. Everyone please be safe.


New Family Trees (December)

Bryan and I have started two new complimentary trees as a result of a conference call that included George Walker in Early November. We were interested in exploring how to connect our random research and how to attract other Knickerbocker researchers. Link to preliminary email exchange. Link to phone notes.

The first tree is my long-threatened effort to connect every 1850 household to the immigrant. The first pass has connected about 75% of the 1850 Heads. This tree is male orientated and is really a finding aid to allow researchers to connect to the Knickerbocker Family. The brick walls in the pre-1850 early family will be identified and our research efforts can then be focused. This is the outline for potentially expanding VanAlstyne to the 6th and 7th generations.

Bryan is turning his Ancestry based “Central New York” research tree into a new Unified Genealogy. The original 1990 version included the VanAlstyne and Chamberlain genealogies and GEDCOM collections contributed by early newsletter readers. It had about 3000 individuals. Bryan is at about 7000 individuals in the new Unified. We are employing collaborative Roots Magic software that allows multiple editors on-line access to these trees.

 We will be soliciting input of branches unknown to us and in so doing hopefully create more researchers to support This tree is unlimited in size and expands on the 1850 tree that will always be constrained to the early family. It will bring all the lines – both male and female – down to the present day. All contributors will be permanently acknowledged.

We are experimenting with web site presentation, identifying the graphics to be included and inventing additional research aids. The next month or two should be an interesting time here at 


Original Studies

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

Many Benjamin Knickerbockers  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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