Monthly Archives: July 2011

My earliest ancestor in New Netherland – 1631-Cornelis Maessen Van Buren

Discovered an amazing history on my maternal side of the family going back over ten generations to my Dutch ancestor, Goosen Gerritsen Van Schaick, who settled in Rensselaerwyck near Fort Orange in 1637. I didn’t travel to Albany, New York … Continue reading

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Our Family Tree – Every Life Tells a Story

My last blog entry carried my genealogy findings from as far back as fourteen generations to Holland and discovered the actual first ancestor who left Holland in 1633 and settled in Fort Orange, New Netherland.  From that point, his descendants … Continue reading

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1633 – Dutch ancestor arrives in New Netherland – Ten Generations Back

It’s been a whirlwind online search session this weekend but I’m confident (about 90% certainty) that I can trace my Dutch family lineage to the first arrival of my Dutch ancestor.  Not only that, I came across a listing that … Continue reading

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Dutch Ancestors – What I do know about the Van Schaick lineage

If you are somewhat intriqued with searching for long dead relatives, who’ve been reduced to a name and a few dates, then this blog may be of some interest.  Unless you enjoy genealogy as a family history project or spare … Continue reading

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Home of my Dutch Ancestors – Rensselaer County, New York

The records I have from my great-grandmother lists the Dutch side of the family on her father’s side.  She also recalls in writing much of her mother’s side of the family tree. Studying the early history of New Netherland and the British takeover in … Continue reading

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1600s – Dutch Fort Orange Settlement becomes Albany under English Colonial Rule

The earliest Dutch settlement in the upper Hudson River region was Fort Nassau, built in 1614.  Home to fur traders, soldiers and support settlers, it often flooded and was eventually abandoned. The next permanent fort was built approximately two miles north … Continue reading

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New Netherland – 1600s Company Town

Backstory: In 1602, the Dutch East India Company was chartered in the Netherlands. It’s purpose was to trade for spices in Asia as well as carry out colonial activities in the region.  It was a monopoly and the first multinational … Continue reading

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Who discovered America?

July 9, 2011 For the next two weeks or so, I’m going to stay with the history of the Dutch settlement of New Netherland along the Hudson River valley.  I’ve dusted off the articles from my 2002 research files, but … Continue reading

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July 7, 2002 – Reflections on the Journey Home

July 7, 2002 A Sunday drive.  Mine happened to be west along I-90 from Albany, New York across the entire state to Buffalo.  The highway loops around Buffalo and runs southwest along Lake Erie, then past Erie, Pennsylvania and toward the Ohio state border.  … Continue reading

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July 6, 2002 – Rennselaer County, New York – Researching My Dutch Family Lineage

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July 6, 2002 With an attitude of hope and anticipation Saturday morning, I retraced my drive back to the Van Schaick Mansion.  Sure enough,  just as the caretaker’s wife promised, two tour buses lined the side of the street next to the … Continue reading

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