Remote Verveelen History

These are links to interesting European research into Verveelen ancestry by John Blythe Dobson:

The ver Veelen Family in Cologne and Amsterdam

The Eelhout Family

This article on the Verveelens incorporates the information gleaned from the marriage bans that I helped Peter Vanvalen of Australia uncover in 2002! (See post on Marriage Banns)

The Chatfield family

Published in: on May 16, 2017 at 10:07 am  Leave a Comment  

My Posts on Ancestry/Rootsweb have become useless!

If anyone is searching for on Ancestry or Rootsweb, that’s me. That was my old email address from 15 years ago, and I have not discovered a good way to transfer all my posts to my new, working email. I’m hoping this post will help the desperate researcher.

I am not an Ancestry member, so searching that way won’t help. But many years ago I posted a bajillion things on Rootsweb, questions as well as resource offers. I don’t spend much time on genealogy any more, but I’d hate for someone with a vital connection to be stuck with no way to contact me.

You can leave comments here, or email me at mom22miracles at gmail dot com.

Published in: on April 30, 2014 at 7:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Some Military Registration forms — Van Valins

Henry Albert and Paul Oliver are brothers, sons of Clarence and Anna Van Valin. George Oliver is their consin, son of Floriman and Elizabeth Van Valin.

Published in: on September 11, 2011 at 7:56 pm  Comments (1)  

Article from Reminisce Magazine featuring 1909 Van Valin photo

This article features my step-great-great grandmother, Emma Theodora Leonard Van Valin and her children, Merle, Jim, Florence, Harriett and Margie. These were step-siblings of my great-grandmother Carrie Van Valin Brown. The children of Emma (third wife of Wally Van Valin, who died in 1900) did not grow up with the children of Sally Adell Ellis, my great-great grandmother.

Published in: on September 3, 2011 at 7:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

World War I Military Registration Card

This belongs to Turner B. Hollenbeck (1875-1932), son of Emma Turner (1850-1933) and Frank Hollenbeck (1847-1912). His maternal grandparents are Levinah Van Valin (1820-?) (sister of my ancestor Oliver Van Valin) and Anson Turner (abt. 1815-?).

Published in: on September 3, 2011 at 3:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

Daniel Verveelen and Anna Eelhout Marriage Record, 1615

Here is a copy of the marriage record, along with the English translation, as sent to me in 2001 by R. L. Van Valen of New Jersey.

Published in: on September 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Johannes Verveelen and Anna Chiatvelt Marriage banns of 1637s

This is the banns, or announcement, of marriage for my 9th great-grandparents, Johannes Verveelen and Anna Chiatvelt/Jaarsvelt. A researcher in Australia with a contact in Holland, along with my Dutch mother-in-law, helped me decipher a notation in the Van Valin tree compiled by my own line and then procure a copy of this document.

Published in: on September 2, 2011 at 2:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

Those Pesky Robinsons

(Note: I originally wrote this post in 2007, and just discovered that I never published it.)

Ok, so I’m side-tracked from my Van Valin mysteries by my Robinson line for right now.

A few weeks ago I got an email asking for my source for the marriage I had recorded for my ancestors Peter Robsinson and Elizabeth Sabin.  This opened a flood-gate of memories and remorse for me as to how to proceeded with my Robinson line.  When I was still rather new to genealogy I was surfing World Connect to find connections to my tree.  One of the first connections I found was to my Robinson line.  Oh, and how nice!  People were showing that my 4th great-grandmother Lovina Robinson was a descendent of Rev. John Robinson, the pastor of the Pilgrims.

But then there were some problems.  One GEDCOM I found skipped a generation, one book I found claimed the descent from Rev. John was a matter of family tradition, but not verified, and much was asserted that no one could prove.  No matter, it was in print somewhere, so I meshed it together and it became the new reality for me.

About seven years have passed since then.  I look at the internet now, and practically everyone connected to my Lovina Robinson’s kin has that descent from Rev. John.  I started poking around and asking questions of researchers, especially at  That site has two articles debunking the commonly reported error that crosses my true line of descent with that of Rev. John.

I am actually a descendent of John Robinson from Salem, a completely different man.

Which just goes to show you should never believe everything that’s printed.

Colonial New England genealogy really isn’t my thing, at least not at this stage of my life.  I need to be able to do mundane census searches and the like.  So while I’m not going to be out verifying original documents, I do want to remove completely fallacious info from my GEDCOM (which I have).  I can accept citing the research of others who actually look at primary records.

There’s one mystery here, though, and that is my ancestor Peter Robinson (b. 1696).  He married an Elizabeth, but proving which one is quite difficult.  The family story is that she is Elizabeth Sabin, a descendent of Mayflower voyager John Billington.  Apparently that woman is known to have married someone else.  Still, seems just about everyone (including myself, at the moment) who records Peter records Elizabeth Sabin as his wife.

Published in: on August 29, 2011 at 4:04 pm  Comments (1)  

Elizabeth Thornton Bogart Death Certificate

This is the death certificate of Elizabeth F. Bogart, daughter of Stephan Thornton and Freelove McCord. I’ve written about them before on this blog.

Published in: on August 29, 2011 at 4:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

Essay on Magill Ancestry

This was written by Donald Van Scotter, before 2000.

Published in: on August 28, 2011 at 6:08 pm  Leave a Comment