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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 (www.knic.com) 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

The 1940 census is here

The 1940 census has come out. It’s has not all been scanned electronically yet and it will be quite some time until you can search by name. However, if you know what state, county, city and enumeration district to look in and you happen to be looking in a state that has been scanned, you can get cool stuff like this:

Wainer in 1940

Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls. Maine, Somerset, Fairfield, Enumeration district 13-19A. Page 24.

There’s a bunch on interesting information here. One of the more interesting things is that the person labeled “Olga” is really my Aunt Alice. Her parents and her siblings called her Olga for much of her life. The original Olga died as an infant and when Alice was born, even though they gave her the name Alice on her birth certificate, called her Olga.

It’s also interesting to me that all the guys that were old enough worked in the pulp mill.


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