Welcome to the Dutch connection, it really is a connection. I have found since beginning to trace my husband's Dutch ancestors it really is a small world after all. One of the neatest and most defining finds of this fact came to light when we discovered another relationship with John Aust Losee. You may have read on my Bukovina Germans page John is my 3rd cousin once removed and the person who got me started with my family tree. While researching my husband's Dutch ancestor's guess who showed up again, yup! Good ole John Aust Losee who is also my husbands 7th cousin. See it really is a small world.

I've found out since that if you have any New York Dutch in your past its a good chance that you will be related in some way to all the other New York Dutch. You have to remember that there weren't that many people living in colonies in the 1600's and it's a sure bet that some where along the line families intermarried numerous times. So if you haven't found that link yet don't despair, it's out there somewhere.


My husband's paternal family stretches back to Colonial American beginning in 1626. We are still searching for records for the will prove the connection between Jan Huyck and Andries Hanse Huyck. Jan Huyck is said to have traveled to the colonies with Peter Minuit, his brother in law (although who married which sister is not known). Very little else is known about Jan except that June 6th 1649 he was given a land grant in New Amsterdam and that on July 5th 1657 his widow remarried, placing his death somewhere between the two dates. A wonderful trip to the Los Angeles Library provided me with more Dutch records, slowly I am putting together a timeline for Hendrick Huygen (Huyck) a brother or nephew of Jan Huyck. He may hold the key to the records for Jan Huyck.

If you have Huyck family lines, you really need to get a copy of Sylvia Wilson's book "Huyck in America". I have found that this book is available on microfilm thru your local family history center or it is available for purchase from the author.


One of the best finds from my Los Angeles Library Trip in April last year, came not from records found in the library, but from a conversation with a fellow researcher while waiting for the bus take us home. I was discussing finding a wonderful map of New Amsterdam from 1660 along with a list of inhabitants, when someone in our group overheard my words.

"Do you have New York Dutch family lines?" Sharon asked, "Yes" I replied. "Any Ouderkirks?" she asked. "Yes, my husbands 6th Great-Grandmother is Anna Ouderkirk." Sharon then shared with me one of the best finds of the day, information about the Ouderkirk Family Association. Her mother called me later that night with the name of my husbands 8th Great Grandfather Jan Janse Ouderkirk and his wife Aariantje, information I did not have. You can find out more about the Ouderkirk family at the Ouderkirk Family Genealogy Association Website You can also post questions at the Ouderkirk Family Genealogy Forum

If you are searching for Early American Dutch records, the mailing list Dutch Colonies is a great place to post your queries. This mailing list is maintained by Rootsweb, you can find this list and many others at:
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Other sites to check for Dutch Records Are:

Dutch & Palatine New York
The Olive Tree
Baptisms RDC New Netherlands

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