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Welcome to all of you family members, genealogists and internet wanderers. My family tree is actually a forest of assorted names and locations. Check out the branches to discover if you share a leaf or two.

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Cemeteries (above). The final resting places of my ancestors. Names, dates, maps & photographs are here.

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Latest Post from Leaves & Branches

  • January 18, 2020: January Anniversary: Lambert Van Valkenberg & Annetjen Jacobs, 378 Years Ago - Leaves & Branches


    Lambert Jochemse Van Valkenberg

    1616 Netherlands – c 1685 Albany, NY

    Son of Lambert Dryskens Van Valkenberg


    &


    Annetjen Jacobs

    1622 Netherlands – 17 September 1704 Albany, NY

    Daughter of Arnold & Elizabeth Jacobs




    My 9th Great Grandparents 



    Married 19 January 1642, Netherlands


    378 Years Ago
    He was 26 and she was 20 when they married.



    Netherlands, Select Marriages, 1565 - 1892 digital image, Ancestry (ancestry.com: accessed July 2019) Lambert Van Valkenborch.
    U. S. and International Marriage Records, 1560 – 1900; digital image, Ancestry (ancestry.com: accessed July 2019) Van Valkenburg & Jacobs.


    Parents of:



    Hendrick Jacobs Falkenberg

    Anna Lambertse Van Valkenberg Sickles

    Rachel Lambertse Van Valkenberg Redcliff



    Lambert & Annetjen were the first of their families to cross the Atlantic to come to New Netherlands. He worked for the Dutch West India Company, at first in New Amsterdam [New York City] and later in Fort Orange [Albany]. Lambert was a sergeant, a law enforcement officer who kept the peace in Fort Orange and surrounding Beveryck. He also did odd jobs for the Dutch Reformed Church. Despite these two jobs his family was often the recipients of charity from the church to keep them fed and clothed. 


    As the generations passed this surname became Faulkenberry/Fortenberry. 

    I have learned many details of the life of Lambert since I uncovered my connection to him. It has been wonderful to research someone who actually lived in my area. Usually my research is done long distance.



    "Our Brown Roots' [in progress] will detail this family & provide sources for the information.



    Other January Anniversaries:

    January 9, 1797.   Jacob Ott III & Margaret Jackson   223 years ago
    10 January 1920 MS   Hubert A. & Freddie Smith Brown   100 years
    January 11, 1941  OH     Alvin Braun & Wava Mark   79 years ago
     January 27, 1907 NY    Frank Samuel Weissberg & Florence Gardner 113 years ago
    January 31, 1827      Isaac Brumfield & Elizabeth Holmes   193 years ago



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