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Genealogical Math & the Collapsing Hinmans

People get into genealogy, in part, because they fantasize about connections to famous people. The odd thing is that any mathematician can prove you are just that, connected to Big Names, by blood.

The mathematical study of genealogy indicates that everyone in the world is descended from Nefertiti and Confucius, and everyone of […]

Research Resources

If you are curious about this whole undertaking and thinking about starting research on a family line not included here, below there are a few suggestions on how and where to get started. This is a fundamental list in no particular order, except to say that the first four on the list are specific to […]

Van Rensselaer Bowier Manuscripts: Source

This publication can be read online in its entirely at archive.org

VAN RENSSELAER BOWIER MANUSCRIPTS BEING THE LETTERS OP KILIAEN VAN RENSSELAER, 1630-1643, AND OTHER DOCUMENTS RELATING TO THE COLONY OP RENSSELAERWYCK TRANSLATED AND EDITED BY A. J. F. van Lacr, Archivist

University of the State of New York. 1908. 949 pages.

The Minisink

Eleanor Decker (EEG’s 5x great grandmother) was born in 1756 — exactly two hundred years exactly before I was born — in the Minisink Valley, specifically in Walpack, Sussex County, New Jersey. She married Cornelius Ennis (a veteran of the Revolutionary War) on 22 Sep 1781, had three kids, and died in 1791 at just […]