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Re: Geertje, wife of Albert Albertsze Terheunen, was NOT a Denyse!
Posted by: Barbara Terhune (ID *****2884) Date: April 30, 2011 at 08:32:30
In Reply to: Re: Geertje, wife of Albert Albertsze Terheunen, was NOT a Denyse! by Ellen Olek of 631

Hello Ellen,

and WELCOME to the fascinating, addictive world of genealogy!!

Your first question: What is the Millennium File?
My Answer: it isn't worth the gunpowder to blow it into oblivion!
Don't waste your time with this "source."

Please see:
"What the heck is the Millenium File?" and the responses at the bottom
where others have raised and answered the same question
http://boards.ancestry.com/topics.medieval.general/606/mb.ashx

Your next question relates to the "need" to "get in the car" and/or "go to Holland."
My Answer: You are BLESSED that you are researching today rather than 40 years ago!
You no longer need to "get in the car"...you can simply "visit the INTERNET" where
vast amounts of data are now readily available and often FREE.

BUT your CHALLENGE in the present environment will be discerning between VALID data and
"folklore" created by earlier, often amateur family "historians" (INCLUDING MYSELF in the early days) who have posted info at Ancestry
and other locations WITHOUT taking the time to provide OR EVEN CHECK for accuracy.

Some of those "blessings" I mentioned above are:
1. Transcriptions of church records, court records, land records, cemetery records, etc.
2. Digitized military records, census records, historical records and publications
3. Expert guidance available to "newbies"...just like you

A few VERY IMPORTANT sources to get you started:
1. http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/index.shtml
2. http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/usa/nj/index.shtml

Search "ARCHIVES" of the Dutch-Colonies Mail List here:
http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/search?aop&path=Dutch-Colonies
Just plug in the surname of interest. Several EXPERT genealogists and historians have contributed awesome data and INSIGHT related to the early Dutch settlers of NY and NJ.
You will find a lot of Terhune discourse through the years. Please disregard some of MY early posts, because I had a lot to learn.

IMPORTANT info associated with researching EARLY DUTCH families:
Understanding Patronymics -
http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/nn/pat.shtml

Patronymics is EQUALLY a blessing AND a curse. My OWN personal experience has been MOSTLY a blessing, so I urge you to become familiar with it.

Another SUPERB and FREE source: "Documents Relative to the Colonial History of New York:
http://www.archive.org/details/documentsrelativ08newy

Description: v. 1-10. Documents relating to the colonial history of the state of New-York; procured in Holland, England and France / by John Romeyn Brodhead, agent, under an act of the Legislature, passed May 2, 1839. With a general introduction by the agent:
v. 1-2. Holland documents. 1856-1858.
v. 3-8. London documents. 1853-1857.
v. 9-10, Paris documents. 1855-58. --
v. [11].General index to the documents [v. 1-10] / prepared by E.B. O'Callaghan. 1861 --
v. 12 [new ser., v. 1]. Documents relating to the history of the Dutch and Swedish settlements on the Delaware River, 1877 --
v. 13 [new ser., v. 2]. Documents relating to the history and settlements of the towns along the Hudson and Mohawk rivers (with the exception of Albany), from 1630 to 1684, 1881 --
v. 14 [new ser., v. 3]. Documents relating to the history of the early colonial settlements principally on Long Island, 1883 --
v. 15. New York state archives [v. 1] New York in the revolution / prepared under the direction of the Board of Regents by Berthold Fernow. 1887-

I hope these will get you off to a great start on your adventure in genealogy.
Good luck and have fun....but ALWAYS ALWAYS record the SOURCE of your data.

Barb Terhune


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