Van Dyck
Stefan Bielinski

Over several generations, the Albany members of the New Netherland ancestry Van Dyck family were prominent surgeons and physicians.

New Amsterdam native Cornelis Van Dyck was sent to Beverwyck to study medicine under his sister's husband. His sons became physicians in Albany and Schenectady.

Hendrick Van Dyck followed his father in Albany - serving until he drowned in 1707.

a generation or two is missing = in-progress

For most of the eighteenth century, one Van Dyck practiced medicine in Schenectady, Kinderhook, and elsewhere in large Albany County.

Henry Van Dyck was the last of the the Albany Van Dyck physicians. Like the generations of before him, his practice reached deeply into the community. By that time, more enlightened newcomers had eclipsed the locally trained Albany physicians. In 1790, the Court Street household of Henry's widow was the only Van Dyck family left in the city!

Medical mainstays for almost 150 years, these Van Dycks were held in high esteem in this early American community.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: Our understanding of the Van Dyck/Dyke/Dyk/Dike family derives from family and community-based resources. Basic family information appears online and in a number of formats. Chief among the printed resources is Joseph North van Dycke, "Notes on the van Dyck ancestry," DSSA (1956/1958). Family papers collection at the New York State Library.

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