With the RYCKMAN family being in North America for just over four hundred years, knowing which line of this family to research can be tricky. Just about anyone in Canada and USA with a Ryckman ancestor is related to anyone else who has a Ryckman ancestor. Some of us are "double" Ryckmans. Throw into the mix that the Ryckman ancestors liked to use the same common given names and you can see how confusing researching this family might be.
The couple posted on the blog banner here are my great-grandparents, Harman Eugene RYCKMAN and Ida IRWIN. They are the beginning of my research into the Ryckman family. I have been researching them and their ancestors since 2002.
Here is a condensed pedigree of my line:
Harman Eugene RYCKMAN and Ida IRWIN
William Eugene RYCKMAN and Elizabeth Saphronia RAYSON
Harman A. RYCKMAN and Icavilla SIMONS
William RYCKMAN and Kearce Elizabeth WIRICK
Albert RYCKMAN and Hannah VAN ETTEN
Johannes RYCKMAN and Eunice WARD
Johannes RYCKMAN and Maria VAN SLYKE
Johannes Albertse RYCKMAN and Catherine KIP
Albert Janse RYCKMAN and Neeltje QUACKENBOS
*Jan Janse RYCKMAN and Trijntje JONAS
Remember the double Ryckman line?
Johannes RYCKMAN and Maria VAN SLYKE (same as above)
Cornelis VAN SLYKE and Claartje Janse BRADT
Jacques Cornelisse VAN SLYKE and Grietje Harmense RYCKMAN
*Harmen Janse RYCKMAN
*Harmen and Jan were brothers. It is because Maria Van Slyke married back into the Ryckman family that many descendants have a double ancestral line.
If you are researching the Ryckman family I would love to hear from you. And even you aren't, I would still be pleased if you left me a comment.
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