My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

Please check out the labels on the right side for articles. The header tabs at the top are a work in progress.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Wedding

The news has been covering the wedding of Chelsea Clinton to Marc Mezvinsky in Rhinebeck*, Dutchess Co., New York on July 31, 2010.  I am not following any of it, unless it is forced upon me, thanks to the internet, newspapers and television.  However, I was a bit excited when I remembered using several vital record and history books on that small town.  Why?  I have quite a few ancestors, and related family from Rhinebeck. When my husband and I went through the town several years ago, I thought it was one of the most beautiful towns I had ever seen.

In my family tree, I have 6 with the surname of BOCKUS, 6 with the surname of KRANS, 26 with the surname of NEER / NEHER, 1 of ROOSA, and 3 of ROSENBERGER.  Most were born in the town, and quite a few died there.  The BOCKUS, KRANS, NEER and ROSENBERGER lines migrated to Missisquoi Co., Quebec, Canada (the Eastern Townships area, north of Vermont).

So, I am a bit proud that my ancestors had good taste in where they chose to live, and if they could only see their town tonight!  A report of the full names is below.

Sources used for my Rhinebeck families:

Frashuer, Mary Near, Our Canadian Nears and Early Kin Descendants of Carl Naeher, Palatine Immigrant to Colonial America, 1710,  (Akron, Ohio : MFC Print. & Pub. Co., 1973).  (FHL, SLC)

Jones, Henry Z., Jr., The Palatine Families of New York (A Study of the German Immigrants Who Arrived in Colonial New York in 1710), Vol. 2,  (Universal City, CA: 1985).

Kelly, Arthur C. M., Baptismal Record of St. Peter's Lutheran Church (known as Stone Church), Rhinebeck, NY (1733-1899),  (1968).

* From Wikipedia.