Family Histories and Genealogies
The works listed below are basic to the study
of the people of colonial Albany and their world. They are referenced
throughout The People of Colonial Albany
Live Here Website. This listing identifies and describes published
and less formally printed family histories and genealogies. Descriptive
annotations follow the formal citation.
This skeletal list is an open-ended work-in-progress
and will be revised and augmented as new
features are added to the website!
See also, Sources on the people of Colonial Albany.
General Works and Series
AANC Albany Ancestry,
giving the name and descent, in the male line of Americans whose ancestors
settled in the United States previous to the Declaration of Independence,
A.D. 1776, by Thomas P. J. Hughes (volume I, The City of Albany
New York) Albany, 1887, 170 total pages.
Includes sometimes puzzling information on early Albany families. Arranged alphabetically. Presented
DHM - De Halve Maen
is the quarterly magazine of the Holland
Society of New York.
Includes original articles and items on the New Netherland
Dutch and their descendants. Description; First published in 1922.
DSSA - Occasional Yearbook of the Dutch
Settlers Society of Albany.
about New Netherland families and the Colonial Albany Project appeared
in the 1997 volume. An article on Captain
Samuel Schuyler was published in 2001.
NYGBR - New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. Published by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. An indispensible quaterly published since 1870.
HMGFM - Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, compiled by Cuyler
Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911).
as part of the Schenectady
Digital History Archive. A four-volume compendium of family-based material
on most of the major families of early
Albany. A landmark in its day, many additions and corrections have
been made by subsequent family historians - some of whom are listed
NNF - Genealogical Notes of New York and New England Families, compiled by Sebastian
Visscher Talcott (first published 1883). Reprinted, available on
disk, and online
- but not consistently. Original work encompassed more than 800 pages.
of contents, family information, and bible records.
NEA - New England in
Albany, compiled by Jonathan Tenney (Boston, 1883).
An alphabetical compilation of sketches of those of
New England origins who settled in Albany. The veracity of the entries
varies widely! Available online.
PFS - ("Pearson's First Settlers"),
or more formally Contributions for the Genealogies of the
First Settlers of the Ancient County of Albany, From 1630 to 1800,
compiled by Jonathan Pearson
and originally published in volume four of Joel Munsell's Collections.
In 1978, it was republished as cited above by Genealogical
Publishing Company. Part of this resource work is now
online. "Pearson" is the most basic of genealogical resources
for the people of colonial Albany. It is full of leads to more fundamental
primary source material. It was "processed" and "exhausted" of information
and leads early on in our research.
It is a textbook example of what we call Traditional
Sources. It is a remarkable resource! However, it is not perfectly
accurate to the point that it should send the serious scholar to the
core source of any of Professor Pearson's statements and judgments.
SPFS - ("Pearson's First Settlers of Schenectady"), or more formally Contributions
to the Genealogies of the Descendants of the First Settlers of the
Patent and City of Schenectady, from 1662 to 1800, compiled
by Jonathan Pearson and
originally published in 1873.
This companion to Pearson's volume
on Albany is available
[Bradt] - Cynthia Brott Biasca, Descendants of Albert
and Arent Andriessen Bradt (Wolfe City, TX, 1990), 776 total
pages, indexes.Published for the Bradt Family Society, this work provides basic data and information
on all family members over four centuries.
[Cuyler] - Maud, C. Nicoll, Earliest Cuylers in Holland
& America & Some of Their Descendants (New York, 1912),
69, pages, reprinted 1997 by Higginson
The basic genealogical compilation
for the descendants of Hendrick and Anna Schepmoes Cuyler. Includes
material on the first 286 members of the family in America. It has
online.Three Cuyler sons became mayors
- Emily Johnston de Forest (Mrs. Robert
W. De Forest), A Walloon Family in America: Lockwood
de Forest and his Forbears, 1500-1848, together with A Voyage to
Guiana, being the Journal of Jesse de Forest and his Colonists,
1623-1625, (New York 1914), 860 total pages.
- Morris Douw Ferris and Dorothy van Breestede Douw Mc Neilly,
The Douws of Albany (privately printed, 1972).
- Barrington S. Havens, Some Descendants of
Nicolas Groesbeck: a study of Groesbecks in the capital district
of New York State (Scotia, NY, 1979), privately printed.The author donated a copy of this work and some of
his research cards to the project during the 1980s. We were unable
to follow up on the connection before his death. It may be the most
comprehensive work on the family!
- Gail Richard Quackenbush, The Quackenbush
Family in America (Wolfe City, TX, 1987), privately printed,
200 pages.The most comprehensive family resource. Narrative
passages accompany many genealogical entries and illustrate historical
themes. The extensive and personalized treatment of the military career
of Colonel Hendrick Quackenbush
is particularly interesting!
- "Christoph's Schuyler Genealogy" published as the
Schuyler Genealogy: A Compendium of Sources Pertaining to
the Schuyler Families in America Prior to 1800, compiled
by Florence Christoph and published by the Friends
of Schuyler Mansion in 1987. In 1992, the "Friends" sponsored
publication of a second volume of the Schuyler Genealogy
- which brought the family genealogy up to 1900. This exhaustively researched, documented, and well-indexed
set is strictly genealogical but is basic to any understanding of
early Albany's most prominent family.
It presents transcriptions of very useful family bible recordings.
Overall, no praise is too strong for this magnificant effort!
- The Ten Broeck Genealogy: Being the Records
and Annals of Dirck Wesselse Ten Broeck of Albany and his Descendants,
compiled by Emma Ten Broeck Runk (New York, 1897), 277 pages, illustrations,
index.A solid and indispensible work on one of Albany's
first families. It includes substantial
narratives on the most important family members and also printings
of some family-related documents.
- The Van Rensselaers in Holland and America,
compiled by Florence Van Rensselaer (New York, 1856).
A basic genealogy with some narrative
on important family members.
- The Van Vechten Genealogy, compiled
by James Brown Van Vechten, Sr. (Detroit: MI, privately printed, 1954).A basic genealogy.
More Focused Biographies
Humphreys, Mary Gay, Catherine Schuyler
( New York, `1897), 251 tp. including index. A sentimental portrait of Catherine
Van Rensselaer Schuyler published in the "Women of Colonial and
Revolutionary Times" series. A source of much qualitative information
on Catherine and other family members!
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