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October 31, 2017

UPDATE Ships Passenger Lists to New Netherland

Olive Tree Genealogy's exclusive reconstructed Ships' Passenger Lists from Holland to New Netherland (New York) from 1624 to 1664 has been updated.

A new ship with passenger names has been added for GELDERSCHE BLOM (captain Symen Claesen, owned by Wouter van Twiller and Guilliaem Momma), left Texel Dec. 25th 1656, arrived in New Amsterdam about March 19th 1657 with 11 colonists for Nieuwer-Amstel.

See the names on Geldersche Blom

Image credit: Brian L. Massey published here with permission

October 30, 2017

Ships Passenger List for De Eendracht 1624 Amsterdam to New Netherland

Original Image copyright Brian L. Massey

One of the exclusive projects I have on Olive Tree Genealogy website is a project to reconstruct the names of passengers on board ships sailing from Holland to New Netherland (New York) in the 17th century.

All "passenger lists" for travel from The Netherlands to New Netherland 1654-1664 came from information on the debit side of the West India Company Account Book. They show who owed money when they arrived.

This account book is found in New Netherland Colonial Mss, vol. 14, Book KK. The lists of Passengers to New Netherland in the Year Book of the Holland Society of New Netherland 1902:1-37 were taken from this Account Book

Typical fare was 36 florins; half that for young children; and nothing for nursing infants. 

These accounts were made from the records of the West India Company, by order of the English rulers after the confiscation of the Company's property in New Netherland, and as assets of or debts due the Company, and to be collected by the English. The list seems to stop with the Eendracht which arrived on 19 July 1664. The English took over in Sept 1664 so that may have been the last passenger ship to arrive before that date.

Thus we do not have "passenger lists" as we think of them, for this time period, because the only names are those who dstill owe money for passage. 

I reconstructed the names of those sailing on various ships from the following sources. Please note that not every source was used to reconstruct every ship. I have indicated which sources were used for each individual:

  1. Abstracts from Notarial Documents in the Amsterdam Archives by Pim Nieuwenhuis published in New Netherland Connections in series Vol. 4:3,4; Vol. 5:1-3 (hereafter NNC)
  2. Early Immigrants to New Netherland 1657-1664 from The Documentary History of New York (hereafter EINN)
  3. Settlers of Rensselaerswyck 1630-1658 in Van Rensselaer Bowier Manuscripts (hereafter VRB)
  4. E. B. O'Callaghan's Calendar of Historical Manuscripts in the Office of the Secretary of State, Albany NY (hereafter CHM)
  5. New World Immigrants: List of Passengers 1654 to 1664 edited by Michael Tepper (hereafter NWI)
  6. Emigrants to New Netherland by Rosalie Fellows Bailey, , NYGBR; vol 94 no 4 pp 193-200 (hereafter ENN)
  7. De Scheepvaart en handel van de Nederlandse Republiek op Nieuw-Nederland 1609-1675 unpublished thesis by Jaap Jacobs [hereafter JJ][Olive Tree Genealogy database]
  8. The records of New Amsterdam from 1653 to 1674 [hereafter RNA] [an online book from Ancestry.com]  

The Eendracht sailed from Amsterdam on January 25, 1624. the following names have been reconstructed from other sources.

 
Joris Rapalje and Catalina Trico were married in Amsterdam on January 21, and we know from her depositions that they sailed on this ship. 

Jean Monfort and his wife Jacqueline Moreau and their son Pierre (and any other children still living) also sailed on the Eendracht. [Source: Attestation from Amsterdam's Walloon Church on January 23 "pour le West Indes" as outlined in 375th Anniversary of the Eendracht and Nieuw Nederlandby Harry Macy, Jr., F.A.S.G., F.G.B.S Originally published in The NYG&B Newsletter, Winter 1999] 


Ghislain and Adrienne (Cuvellier) Vigne and their children Marie, Christine, and Rachel were on either Niew Nederland or De Eendracht, as their son Jan would be the first male child born in the new colony. [Source: 375th Anniversary of the Eendracht and Nieuw Nederlandby Harry Macy, Jr., F.A.S.G., F.G.B.S Originally published in The NYG&B Newsletter, Winter 1999] 
 
Search for an ancestor on 81 ships sailing to New Netherland (New York) 1624 to 1664

October 29, 2017

Nursing Sister Philips WW1 Photo Album 23 R

This Photo Archive consists of a small autograph album (6.5" by 5.25") kept by Constance (Connie) Philips as a memento of her time serving as a nurse during World War One.

The majority of the photos and items are from 1915, when she served as a nurse in France and Britain.

The album and all photographs, postcards, and other ephemera contained in the album belong to Karin Armstrong and may not be copied or republished without her written permission. The images will be published on Olive Tree Genealogy with permission.

Each image has been designated an "R" for Recto or a "V" for Verso plus an album page number. Recto is the right-hand side page of a bound book while Verso is the left-hand side page.

I will be posting the entire album and my additional research on the individuals identified in Connie's album over the coming months so please check back frequently to view these historic photos. The easiest way to see what has been published is to click on the topic "Nursing Sister WW1 Photos"



October 28, 2017

Surnames A-Z: B Names

There's a new meme going around Facebook right now. Genealogists are listing their mother's maiden name, father's surname, maternal and paternal grandparents' surnames and a few more generations back.

It's a cute idea but I don't think it's wise to be providing such detail, especially your mother's maiden name, as it is often the secret question asked on sites where you require a password to log in.

So I'm revising the meme to suit me and I hope others will follow suit, either here as a comment on Olive Tree Genealogy blog, or on their own blog.

Over the coming weeks I'll be listing my surnames starting with "A" and going through the alphabet until I reach "Z".

I'll preface this with a caveat - most surnames are more common than you might think, so sharing a surname doesn't mean we're related. To be completely useful any surname list should have a geographic location and a time period. But this is just a fun little exercise and if you spot a name of interest, just let me know and we'll compare dates and locations.

B SURNAMES: Badcock, Baertie, Baker, Barentsdr. Baylie, Beery/Bieri, Bell, Bellinger, Bellingham, Best, Bex, Blanden, Boertgen, Boughton, Bradt, Brooke, Brown, Browning, Bruchhausen, Brunger, Burgh, Burkholder, Burrey,Buss

Join me - maybe we connect! Find previous surnames on Surnames A-Z

October 27, 2017

How the 'Mother's Curse' Came to Canada

Do you have a Filles du Roi in your ancestry? I do, and my daughter-in-law does too. My Filles du Roi is my 8th great-grandmother Claude des Chalets (ca 1651 France - post 1706 New York). Claude "Blandina" was one of three orphaned sisters who were sent to Canada as a "Filles Du Roi"(King's daughters).

The Filles du Roi (Daughters of the King) were impoverished or orphaned women who were given a dowry by the King of France if they agreed to go to New France (present-day Quebec) to marry and help colonize the land. Over 800 of these women left France for New France. 

With them they brought mutations in their DNA - some common, some more rare. Thus descendants of these Filles du Roi stand a better than average chance of inheriting a rare genetic disorder. According to the article 

"One of these is Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy, which causes vision loss, usually in young men. Recently, geneticists using French Canadian genealogy have reexamined the effects of Leber’s and found a striking pattern of inheritance: It seems to show a long-theorized but never-seen-in-humans pattern called the “mother’s curse.”"

Continue reading this fascinating article How One Woman Brought the 'Mother's Curse' to Canada

October 26, 2017

Surnames A-Z: C Names

There's a new meme going around Facebook right now. Genealogists are listing their mother's maiden name, father's surname, maternal and paternal grandparents' surnames and a few more generations back.

It's a cute idea but I don't think it's wise to be providing such detail, especially your mother's maiden name, as it is often the secret question asked on sites where you require a password to log in.

So I'm revising the meme to suit me and I hope others will follow suit, either here as a comment on Olive Tree Genealogy blog, or on their own blog.

Over the coming weeks I'll be listing my surnames starting with "A" and going through the alphabet until I reach "Z".

I'll preface this with a caveat - most surnames are more common than you might think, so sharing a surname doesn't mean we're related. To be completely useful any surname list should have a geographic location and a time period. But this is just a fun little exercise and if you spot a name of interest, just let me know and we'll compare dates and locations.

C SURNAMES: Caplin, Carr, Casier, Caspall, Chevallereau, Clark, Clauss, Clement, Clopper, Coburger, Cockling, Coerte, Cole, Concklin, Cooke, Coppin, Covell, Creest, Cresson, Crunden, Cullmer, Curling

Join me - maybe we connect! Find previous surnames on Surnames A-Z

October 25, 2017

Mary Facey Elgie Photo Album p 16

Standing we have William Elgie holding Roberta (she was the keeper of these photos inherited from Florence who inherited them from her mother Mary Louise Facey Elgie. After Roberta's death the photos came to Helena, my mother-in-law and then to her son, my husband), Mary Louise Facey Elgie holding Helena, and in front are Donna (I do not know how she fits into the family) and Joan Elgie (Harry Elgie's daughter and another granddaughter of Mary Louise Facey Elgie). This photo would have been taken ca 1943

October 23, 2017

Hundreds of Irish Famine Graves Discovered in Massachusetts

A Rhode Island woman researching her husband's Irish ancestors found approximately 600-900 gravestones marking the second resting place of bodies previously disinterred from the Irish Catholic Cemetery in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Discovering that her husband's ancestor was no longer buried in the Catholic Cemetery but had been moved, along with hundreds of others, to a new location, she set out to pay a visit. To her surprise only 4 headstones were seen in that new location. She knew from her research that the stones had been laid flat on top of the coffins when the bodies were moved, so she began scraping away dirt and grass. And there she found the stones, hidden under dirt and grass since 1947.

Along with Archie Bennett, Waltham historic preservationist; Sheila Fitzpatrick of the Waltham Historical Society; and The Irish Ancestral Research Association, they decided to begin a restoration project to uncover all the stones.

Continue reading Irish Central's story Rhode Island woman's quest uncovers hundreds of Irish Famine graves

October 22, 2017

Nursing Sister Philips WW1 Photo Album OV

This Photo Archive consists of a small autograph album (6.5" by 5.25") kept by Constance (Connie) Philips as a memento of her time serving as a nurse during World War One.

The majority of the photos and items are from 1915, when she served as a nurse in France and Britain.

The album and all photographs, postcards, and other ephemera contained in the album belong to Karin Armstrong and may not be copied or republished without her written permission. The images will be published on Olive Tree Genealogy with permission.

Each image has been designated an "R" for Recto or a "V" for Verso plus an album page number. Recto is the right-hand side page of a bound book while Verso is the left-hand side page.

I will be posting the entire album and my additional research on the individuals identified in Connie's album over the coming months so please check back frequently to view these historic photos. The easiest way to see what has been published is to click on the topic "Nursing Sister WW1 Photos"



October 20, 2017

GO AHEAD TOURS, ANCESTRY COLLABORATE TO LAUNCH NEW TOUR PORTFOLIO

The following announcement was sent to Olive Tree Genealogy.

GO AHEAD TOURS, ANCESTRY COLLABORATE TO LAUNCH NEW TOUR PORTFOLIO

This unique portfolio of tours will offer experiences that will take travelers on a journey into their personal histories

September 11, 2017 (CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS) – Go Ahead Tours and Ancestry today announced a new portfolio of tours that will take travelers on a journey into their personal histories. These exciting trips combine Ancestry’s proprietary DNA technology and access to expert Genealogists with Go Ahead’s high-quality international travel experiences. The new portfolio of heritage trips will launch this fall with itineraries in 2018 to Ireland, Italy, and Germany. New tours featuring additional destinations will be announced in early 2018 with first departures in 2019.

“We are thrilled to team up with Ancestry to introduce this special way for travelers to experience a destination in a new light,” said David Henry, VP of Marketing at Go Ahead. “So many of our customers travel to connect with their heritage, and this was our inspiration to collaborate with the team at Ancestry. These trips will help our customers explore their family story with even greater insight and visit the places where their ancestors once walked.”

The journey begins with an AncestryDNA kit, which analyzes DNA and provides a breakdown of a person’s ethnic background. Go Ahead travelers will then have the opportunity to build their family tree and discuss their results with an expert from AncestryProGenealogists during a pre-trip family history review. Every journey will be led by a local Tour Director and Ancestry Genealogist, who will provide family history context and bring a personal perspective to each destination. Genealogical adventurers will gain a deeper understanding of their family’s past and the knowledge of how to continue learning about their ancestors’ history once back home.

“Personal genealogy is so important, and certainly means different things to different people,” said Kyle Betit, Senior Genealogist and Travel Program Manager at AncestryProGenealogists. “We believe that these trips will give people the opportunity to trace their roots on a deeper level and maybe even discover something new or exciting about their own ancestors.”

For more information, please visit www.goaheadtours.com/ancestry.

Information and Registration for Tours:
Go Ahead Tours will be taking calls and registering travelers for the tours. To find out more about tours and to sign up for them, interested persons can either:
  1. Go online at www.goaheadtours.com/ancestry
  2. Call Go Ahead Tours at 1-800-242-4686
On that URL link you can also see the descriptions of all five tours (two tour types in Ireland, two tour types in Italy, and one tour type in Germany)

Here are the links to information about the individual tours:


Also, there is a Q&A interview with me about the tours here: http://travelblog.goaheadtours.com/ancestry-genealogist-q-a-heritage-tour/
 

October 19, 2017

Surnames A-Z

There's a new meme going around Facebook right now. Genealogists are listing their mother's maiden name, father's surname, maternal and paternal grandparents' surnames and a few more generations back.

It's a cute idea but I don't think it's wise to be providing such detail, especially your mother's maiden name, as it is often the secret question asked on sites where you require a password to log in.

So I'm revising the meme to suit me and I hope others will follow suit, either here as a comment on Olive Tree Genealogy blog, or on their own blog.

Over the coming weeks I'll be listing my surnames starting with "A" and going through the alphabet until I reach "Z".

I'll preface this with a caveat - most surnames are more common than you might think, so sharing a surname doesn't mean we're related. To be completely useful any surname list should have a geographic location and a time period. But this is just a fun little exercise and if you spot a name of interest, just let me know and we'll compare dates and locations.

Here are my "A" surnames:

A SURNAMES: Abel, Allard, Allen, Alman, Ammis, Andrews, Ansell, Austin

Are you ready to join me? Maybe we connect somewhere!


October 16, 2017

Gotta Love Those Straetsman Sisters in New Netherland!

Lucky you if you descend from one of the Straetsman sisters! What exciting lives they led. My book tells it all and follows the family down the generations - Barentje's husband and their Barheit descendants finally proven, and Teuntje and her four (yes FOUR) husbands! One she thought dead was still alive when she married her next one.


 The Straetsman sisters Barentje and Teuntje were from Culemborg Netherlands. In 1630 the West India Company conquered part of Brazil and the colony of New Holland (now present-day Recife) was founded.

Dutch troops were sent to Recife and Olinda in Pernambuco Brazil and no doubt Barentje and Teuntje's first husbands were among those sent to maintain order. They settled first in Brazil before 1637 and then New Netherland circa 1657.

Descendants of Teuntje Straetsman will find sourced details of Teuntie and her four husbands Jan Meyering, Jueriaen Haf, Tieleman Jacobsz vander Meyen & Gabriel Corbesy. Descendants of Barentje Straetsman will find sourced details of Barentje and her two husbands Hans Coenradt Barheit and Jacob Janse Gardenier aka Flodder.


New Netherland Settlers: The Straetsman Sisters Barentje & Teuntje and Their Six Husbands Authored by Lorine McGinnis Schulze Available on Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, and CreateSpace

8.5" x 11" (21.59 x 27.94 cm)
92 pages

October 15, 2017

Nursing Sister Philips WW1 Photo Album 59 V

Interior Netheravon Church

This Photo Archive consists of a small autograph album (6.5" by 5.25") kept by Constance (Connie) Philips as a memento of her time serving as a nurse during World War One.

The majority of the photos and items are from 1915, when she served as a nurse in France and Britain.

The album and all photographs, postcards, and other ephemera contained in the album belong to Karin Armstrong and may not be copied or republished without her written permission. The images will be published on Olive Tree Genealogy with permission.

Each image has been designated an "R" for Recto or a "V" for Verso plus an album page number. Recto is the right-hand side page of a bound book while Verso is the left-hand side page.

I will be posting the entire album and my additional research on the individuals identified in Connie's album over the coming months so please check back frequently to view these historic photos. The easiest way to see what has been published is to click on the topic "Nursing Sister WW1 Photos"

October 11, 2017

Mary Facey Elgie Photo Album p 14


The handwriting on this photo is not Florence Elgie's writing. I suspect it is her mother Mary Louise Facey Elgie's handwriting. 

Here we have a lovely candid photo of Edith Wilford Day, Annie Edythe Elgie (1912-1979), Florence Marian Elgie (1914-1996) and Verda Luella Elgie (1917-2009 and husband's grandmother) 

Edith Wilford Day was the daughter of James Walter Wilford (1872-1942) and Annie Kilpatrick. James was the son of William Wilford and Anne MacKay and the brother of Margaret Wilford who married Samuel Facey

October 9, 2017

Exciting News for Barheit Descendants!

Exciting news! My research confirms my theory on who the Barheit ancestors in New Netherland were. Barheit descendants will NOT want to miss this book!


 The exact date of Hans Coenradt's arrival in New Netherland is not known but it is most likely he was among the refugees fleeing Recife Brazil in April 1654. The first record found indicating he was in New Netherland is dated in Albany (Fort Orange) in early December 1655. Sometime between April 1654 and December 1655, Hans arrived in New New Netherland.

As New Amsterdam came into view with its gallows and weather beaten wooden houses dominating a raw, windswept landscape, the Barheit family must have had mixed feelings. New Amsterdam in 1654 was a frontier outpost filled with brawling sailors and rough-looking fur traders. Over fifty grog houses catered to a never-ending stream of men dropping in for a little fun on their way to or from Massachusetts or Virginia.

The Barheit Family Revealed ends speculation as to the origins of Hans and his wife Barentje, as well as providing sources proving the names of their descendants to 3 generations .

New Netherland Settlers: The Barheit Family Revealed: A Genealogy of Hans Coenradt and Barenjte Jans Straetsman, the Immigrant Ancestors of the Barheit Family of Albany New York

Available on Amazon.com , Amazon.ca and CreateSpace
60 pages
8.5" x 11"

October 8, 2017

Nursing Sister Philips WW1 Photo Album 54 V


This Photo Archive consists of a small autograph album (6.5" by 5.25") kept by Constance (Connie) Philips as a memento of her time serving as a nurse during World War One.
Detailed inscription but no photo
The majority of the photos and items are from 1915, when she served as a nurse in France and Britain.

The album and all photographs, postcards, and other ephemera contained in the album belong to Karin Armstrong and may not be copied or republished without her written permission. The images will be published on Olive Tree Genealogy with permission.

Each image has been designated an "R" for Recto or a "V" for Verso plus an album page number. Recto is the right-hand side page of a bound book while Verso is the left-hand side page.

I will be posting the entire album and my additional research on the individuals identified in Connie's album over the coming months so please check back frequently to view these historic photos. The easiest way to see what has been published is to click on the topic "Nursing Sister WW1 Photos"


October 6, 2017

War of 1812 Incorporated Militia in Upper Canada Census

The War of 1812 took place from June 18, 1812 to February 16, 1815 between Great Britain and America.
Credit: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1937-31-1
The Canadian Incorporated Militia was led by many commanders including  Captain James Kerby (Coy No 1) and Captain Daniel Washburn (Coy No 4). Below is a census substitute for these two companies and their families in 1812 and 1814

March 15, 1814.  List of Men’s Families in Capt. Kirby’s (Kerby) Company of Incorporated Militia
NAMES
Azarial Lundy
John Reilly
Joseph Millard
John Brown
Richard Hinton
WIVES
1
1
1
1
1
CHILDREN
6
5
1
1
1

15 March 1814. Nominal Return of Women and Children belonging to Capt. Washburn’s Company

WIVES' NAMES

Margaret B---
Elizabeth Solomon
Susannah Lashue?
Patty Burke?
Hannah –
Nancy Sweet?
Mary Fin--
Mary Hoffman
Mary Good—
Charlotte Napew/Nappan?
Nancy Bou—
Nancy Reese
CHILDREN'S NAMES

James, Stephen?
James?, Susannah, Hannah, Thomas, Elizabeth, Charles?
James, ?, Mary, ?, ?
Katy, John, Mary, ?
Henry? Elizabeth
None
None
Susannah
James, ?, William, ?, Henry?
4 names, can’t read them
?, ?, Mary
John, Peter, William, Jane?, ?

1812 List of Men in Cpt Washburn’s Co.
George Huffman
Freeman Napew/Nappan

Search the War of 1812 database at Library and Archives Canada but note that there are no service files for the Canadian militia. Library and Archives Canada (LAC) holds a vast collection of records about the Canadian men and women who were involved in the War of 1812. Their names can be found on muster rolls, pay lists, claims, certificates of service, land grants, and medal registers. Many of these documents are only available in the original format and have not been microfilmed or digitized.

October 4, 2017

Mary Facey Elgie Photo Album p 13

 
This photo is labelled "Ernie Elgie, Grandma Elgie (Susan Baker Elgie), Irene Elgie"
 
Susan Baker was my husband's 2nd great-grandmother. She was born in 1845 in Ontario and died in 1931 in W. Nissouri Township Ontario. She married William Elgie in 1869.

I do not know how Ernie Elgie fits into the Elgie family tree but I'm sure some of our Elgie cousins will let me know!

October 2, 2017

New Book on New Netherland Settler Albert Jansen

Albert Jansen married Hilletie Willems in Amsterdam in 1638. Soon afterwards he left Holland and sailed to the wilderness of New Netherland (New York). When he arrived in 1642, he settled in New Amsterdam, which was little more than a fort with approximately 270 people. Its gabled homes, the Dutch language being spoken, and Dutch laws would have offered some familiarity to newly arrived Albert.

When Albert married Elsjie Jans in New Amsterdam in 1652, they were both widowers. Elsjie had been married to David Clement in Amsterdam in 1641. Albert and Elsjie had four daughters and a son, all named in the Orphanmaster's records of New Amsterdam after Albert's death. Eljsie married for a third time to Otto Grimm but no children are known of that marriage. Three of the daughters of Albert and Elsjie married into the Van Woggelum, Provoost and Van Loon families.

This book contains details on the lives and adventures of Albert and Elsjie and their children. Documents and sources are included.

New Netherland Settlers: Albert Jansen & Elsjie Jans & Their Van Woggelum, Provoost & Van Loon Descendants by Lorine McGinnis Schulze

Available on Amazon.com Amazon.ca, CreateSpace

8.5" x 11" (21.59 x 27.94 cm)
54 pages

October 1, 2017

Nursing Sister Philips WW1 Photo Album 60 R & L



This Photo Archive consists of a small autograph album (6.5" by 5.25") kept by Constance (Connie) Philips as a memento of her time serving as a nurse during World War One.

The majority of the photos and items are from 1915, when she served as a nurse in France and Britain.
Letter signed Edith F. Hudson
The album and all photographs, postcards, and other ephemera contained in the album belong to Karin Armstrong and may not be copied or republished without her written permission. The images will be published on Olive Tree Genealogy with permission.

Each image has been designated an "R" for Recto or a "V" for Verso plus an album page number. Recto is the right-hand side page of a bound book while Verso is the left-hand side page.

I will be posting the entire album and my additional research on the individuals identified in Connie's album over the coming months so please check back frequently to view these historic photos. The easiest way to see what has been published is to click on the topic "Nursing Sister WW1 Photos"