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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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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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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 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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