Category Archives: Knickerbocker

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

Charles L. Knickerbocker

Charles L. Knickerbocker was my half Grand Uncle. His father and mother were William Knickerbocker and Catherine Lyons.

Charles married Irene Wilkinson and had at least two children: William and Agnes. A copy of the 1910 census shows the family living in Belt, Cascade, Montana. A previous post records the census data

In 1920 they had moved to Cottonwood Lake, McHenry, North Dakota.


1920 Charles Knickerbocker Census

1920 Charles Knickerbocker Census


Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Cottonwood Lake, McHenry, North Dakota; Roll  T625_1336; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 168; Image: 111.

Source Information: 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 are on roll 323 (Chicago City).
Charles and Irene then moved, prior to 1930, to the state of Washington. Charles died 24 Apr 1929 in Tacoma Washington and Irene passed away 24 Feb 1938. You can find the Washington State death records online here.  You’ll need to search ‘Charles Knickerbacker’ instead of “Knickerbocker’ to find the death record for Charles.

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