The Myndertse - Van Iveren family of early Albany descended from two brothers who came to New Netherland probably during the 1650s. The family established itself in New York and especially in old Albany County. It has been called variously Myndertse and Van Iveren. The family appears to be of Scandinavian (Norwegian) origins.
Carsten Frederickse and his younger brother, Myndert Frederickse, were blacksmiths/fur traders in Beverwyck and then Albany. Shoemaker Barent Myndertse was a member of this family.
A number of their descendants were blacksmiths in Albany, Schenectady, greater Albany County, and out in the Indian country.
Three family members were included on an Albany voters list in 1720.
In 1756, three family members were listed as smiths on the citywide census.
The census of 1790, listed four Myndertse/Van Iveren households within the city of Albany.
In 1800, only the household of Rynier M. Van Iveren remained in the city.
The Myndertse/Minders/Meyndertse/Van Iveren/Van Every family is defined here as the Albany descendants of Carsten and Myndert Frederickse! Follow this link to more information on the Van Iverens on this website.
Sources: Our understanding of this New Netherland family is derived chiefly from community-based resources. The most comprehensive family history is Mary Blackadar Piersol, The Records of the Van Every Family (Toronto, 1947), a narrative that includes traditional genealogical materials. In 1989, John M. Macrae of Lakefield, Ontario issued A Van Every Story, a thoughtful narrative that attempts to further explain how his family came from Holland to Albany and then to Canada. Genealogical information is available online. Begin with PFS. See also Distant Cousin. However, the variations of spelling and reference of the name have frustrated our attempts to recommend comprehensive resources.
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first posted: 4/5/03; last revised 3/15/04