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


December 16, 1997


 December 2017

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.


What’s in a Name?

Bryan has delivered his first two chapters looking at the origins of the many family name(s). The first is a basic primer on the differences between the Dutch and English pronunciations as they impact the follow-on analyses. Link

His second report is on our surviving family name of Knickerbacker – Knickerbocker. Prepare to give up much of the fanciful tales generated about the immigrant as this investigation kicks off. Link

Next month two more reports exploring the many name variations will appear right here at Be prepared to discard much of what has been written in the past.


Collaboration and Find A Grave -

I put together a short report that really has nothing to do with the Knickerbockers. I was doing some head stone photography at a local cemetery and realized I was in a semi-unique position to undertake a real analysis of the effectiveness of using Find A Grave as a primary genealogical resource. My take is that FAG and the volunteer indexing at Family Search are possible robust models for the future of our hobby. Link

The 1850 Genealogy -

As stated last month: For 25 years I’ve envisioned a co-operative family genealogy that would encompass the entire Knick family and would be shared across all the contributor’s computers thus ensuring a huge backup of the data and perpetual care as newcomers joined the circle and provide new inputs. I found out early on that one person cannot do everything required.

I continue to learn the software and system. I will post some observations and starting basic guidelines through the month as time allows. I hope that others will join in by documenting and proving their own lines. This is a collaboration experiment in progress.

Knotable Knicks -

Dave and I have started our presentation of Knicks who have gained some prominence or note. This is only a start and everyone is invited to participate. The military list needs work.

At one time I had a bunch of Knic post cards on the web site. I can add items of interest that might appeal to the public. Everyone in the family is not a mad dog genealogist.

The DNA Page -

James Lloyd and John Smeltzer have volunteered to guide us through this topic of great interest – and to be of expert help to we of DNA ignorance. Maybe a page of very useful information and How-Tos as a start to a Knick DNA Wiki?

Archived Home Pages -

I have started an archive of these home pages as I am changing them many times a year. You can go back and check the lies.

Many Dead at Salisbury – Mass Epidemic


Please spread the word that is again a dynamic family resource. Our advertising budget is zero.




·        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 -
Bryan Knickerbocker -


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