Category Archives: Genealogy

Knickerbocker Genealogy First Steps

Anyone wanting to start a Knickerbocker genealogy needs a place to start. I can offer two:

The first is The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Volume XXXIX, 1908. If you use your favorite search engine to search the term in bold you will come across a number of downloadable copies. This is a great place to view or download a copy. If you choose to get a copy, find page 33 and on it you will find an article called “The Knickerbocker Family” by William B Van Alstyne, M.D. The article starts off with Harmen Jansen Knickerbocker the first Knickerbocker ancestor in America and goes to page 42 before the genealogy seems to end. It’s picked up again in the middle of page 116 with Elizabeth Knickerbocker and comes to a stop, again, on page 125. The genealogy is continued twice more at pages 179, 277.

The article continues with the series The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Volume XL, 1909, which you can download or view hereThe Van Alstyne Knickerbocker genealogy continues on page 55 then resumes again on page 100.

I like keeping copies of things so I can easily refer to them later. I use multiple devices (computers at home, work, iPad, etc) so I like keeping things such as copies of the NYGBR on Dropbox so I can access then anywhere. You can get a free Dropbox account by clicking here.

If you don’t need or want a copy you can go to the Knickerbocker Family site ( and browse through to the genealogy section. A direct link to a web version of the Van Alstyne Knickerbocker genealogy is here.

1940 Knickerbocker Census

Here’s the 1940 census showing the Knickerbocker family (The part that’s still at home) in Minnesota. A few of the interesting things here are:

1) My mom, Marjorie A. is listed ( yay Mom)

2)My aunt Mildred has a different last name. Curious.

Here’s the image:

1940 Knickerbocker Census Minnesota

Birth and Baptism of Nicholaus Ostafyczuk

It reads in part:

Nicholaus Ostafyczuk

Born: 03 Dec 1879

Baptized: 03  Dec 1879

Father: Gregorz Ostafyczuk son of Roman Ostafyczuk and Maria Zinkowski

Mother: Josepha Kuczer daughter of Bazyli Kuczer and Aniela Sobolewski

Nicholaus is my Great Grand Uncle.

Nicholaus Ostafyczuk

Nicholaus Ostafyczuk

Metrical books 1861-1929 Greek Catholic Church Sniatyn. Microreproduction of original manuscripts at the State Archives of Ivano-Frankivs’k Region, Galizien, Austria; later Sniatyn, Stanislawow, Poland; now Sniatyn, Ivano-Frankivs’l, Ukraine. text in Latin, Ukrainian and Russian. Record group 631, series 1, files 587-598 — record group 631, series 2 file 56. FHL INTL Film 1782901.


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