26 April 1651

If you are related to me through a Knickerbocker then you are also related to Johannes Dyckman(Dijckman). Johannes is one of the first of our Dutch ancestors to set foot in the new world. I’ve posted a new page of some descendants of Johannes here.

In the following letter to Peter Suyvesant, Director of the colony of New Netherlands, Johannes is introduced and a recommendation made to place him in any avaiable vacancy. In 1652, Johannes is made commissary of Fort Orange ( Now Albany, New York) and Vice-Director of the colony.

The following letter is from: Correspondence 1647-1653 Translated and edited by Charles T. Gehring The Holland Society of New York and the New Netherland project of the New York Library.

 

More references to Johannes, here.

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.

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.

Birth and Baptism of Bazyli Ostafyczuk

It reads in part:

Bazyli Ostafyczuk

Born: 25 Dec 1867

Baptized: 25 Dec 1867

Father: Gregorz Ostafyczuk son of Roman Ostafyczuk and Anna ?

Mother: Josepha Kuczer daughter of Bazyli Kuczer and Aniela Sobolewski

Bazyli is my Great Grand Uncle.

Bazyli Ostafyczuk
Bazyli 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.

Birth and Baptism of Irene Fronzej

It reads in part:

Irene Wynohradnyk

Born: 08 May 1872

Baptized: 08 May 1872

Father: John Fronzej son of Elias Fronzej and Anna Burlak

Mother: Maria Metus daughter of Joseph Metus and Sophia Ududonius

Irene  is my 1st cousin 3x removed.

John Fronzej is my Great Great Grand Uncle while Elias Fronzej and Anna Burlak are my Great Great Great grandfather and grandmother respectively.

A Pdf: s-09-14-11-1

A scan:

Irene Fronzej
Irene Fronzej