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About onewomanamericanpilgrimage

In 2011, live in the tropical paradise of Maui, Hawaii. Author, published poet, award-winning speaker (Toastmasters-Kihei chapter), and photographer of Hawaii's inspirational scenery. In 2002, I was a divorced, single mother, living in rural Medina County, Ohio. Suffered from the big 3Ds--debt, divorce & depression. About to turn 50, I fantasized my life could be better, lived with a greater purpose. I was a writer in need of a lifestyle change. At a turning point in my life, July, 2002, I took a solitary road trip to visit important American locations that were also turning points in History. What I observed during my personal "odyssey" became an American Pilgrimage that changed my life. Delivered from the 3Ds--I now live an extraordinary life of purpose and joy. This blog is about my journey through Pennsylvania & New York history. It was also an awakening into my inner potential to have the courage and determination to "life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness" for the 2nd half of my life.

Rensselaerswyck-My Dutch ancestors’ “Ellis Island”

A short history (not too dry!)–In 1609, Henry Hudson sailed up the river which today bears his name.  Records indicate his ship, The Half Moon, reached an island at the mouth of the Mohawk River where it joins the Hudson River.  … Continue reading

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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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