This past Saturday morning, as I was sipping my coffee, and leafing through The New York Researcher, Fall 2011, Volume 22, Number 3, I came across a book review on page 66 that caught my interest. "The Quakenbush Family" by Arthur D. Quakenbush, Jr. is a manuscript that is to be self-published by the author sometime in 2011.
The author's family history of the Quakenbush family is documented and traced to Jan Quackenbosch born in Holland about 1565. His grandson, was Pieter Pieterszoon Quakenbosch, who came to New Netherland with his wife, Maritgen Ariensdochter in 1653.
As I was reading this, my excitement was growing. I have a Pieter Quakenbos in my family tree. Could this be the same person? A quick look through my family tree confirmed that this was so. Pieter Pieterszoon Quakenbosch and Maritgen Ariendsdochter are my 10th great-grandparents.
Hmmm...what else could I find out about them? Excitedly, I entered Pieter's and Maritgen's information into my family tree on Ancestry.* A search of public family trees returned over 40 results with this couple. So, of course, I had to go through them to see if there was any information that I didn't have and what sources were used.
Do you know what happens when you go on a search like this? After fifteen minutes or so, you find yourself down a rabbit hole far from where you began. In this case, I found myself reading information about the 8th President of the United States of America, Martin Van Buren.
Turns out Martin and I are related. He is my 4th cousin, 7 times removed. Our common ancestor? Pieter Pieterszoon Quakenbosch.
*My Ryckman family tree on Ancestry is not public. I use it as a base to figure things out and as such the information it contains is not always correct. There are too many incorrect facts about the Ryckman family on Ancestry. I don't want to add to that. If you are interested in the Ryckman, Van Slyke, and Quakenbosch families, please leave a comment.
Copyright 2011 by Kathryn Lake Hogan.