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


January 2019

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. ­­­­­­­­­


Looking Back

This New Years is a great time to take stock of our last year and a half. Bryan has published over a dozen ground breaking studies that will feed into our construction of the pre-1850 family. Three long-standing brick walls have been broken down and our “Y” DNA studies expanded on FTDNA. We’ve added many finding aids, Knotable Knics and historical documents. Bryan walked Red Hook looking for signs of Harmen Janse.

What we lack is feedback. When I was running the 1990’s email distributions to 200 interested Knics the feedback was instant. Today we have 3700 or more hits a month on the web site but no real information as to how successful we are or in what direction we should be pointing. Please join in with any thoughts, articles or studies. The internet beast is always starved for input.

I thought of starting a blog but am not convinced there is enough interest. What we have is an over abundance of sources and connections but no one to referee. I’m listening. Now to our future plans in the following section.


Upcoming Studies 

·        John Knickerbocker & Susan Pulver. This next one will be much more meaningful as it identifies men named Peter, John, and Benjamin Knickerbocker - and links to several entries in the 1850 census that I previously had in my "unknown" bucket (Bryan).

·        Frederick, son of Hugh Knickerbocker & Rachel Schram

·        Benjamin, son of Phillip Knickerbocker Jr. & Mary Snyder. This is a major addition to the “Benjamin” name study.

·        The migrations and wanderings of the Lawrence2 families. This is a major addition to Bryan’s earlier investigations to bring this family to the 4th generation.

These - and all the previous studies - will be used to reconstruct the early Knickerbocker family and connect it to the 1850 census.


Original Studies

·        John P. Knickerbocker & Anna Couse  Link

·         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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