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DNA and Genealogy - A Primer

Last modified Wed, 30 Oct 2013 at 09:47 PM GMT by John Hendrix
I am sure most members of the HHFO realize that our organization sponsors a Y Chromosome DNA project on the Hendricks surname. With this project we can prove or disprove a connection to our earlier paternal ancestry. With the exception of mutations, Y Chromosome DNA is passed from father to son for many generations and even multiple centuries. Therefore if you have a common direct male ancestor and that ancestry is connected thru the male line only (same surname), then you should have matching Y Chromosome DNA. Of course obtaining your own DNA without having someone else’s DNA to compare with is fruitless. In our case, the HHFO has numerous male Hendricks that have proven ancestral lines dating back to Abraham Hendricks and beyond. Therefore when I came upon information that strongly suggested that my great grandfather William George Hendrix (1854-1933) was the same person that was the great grandson of Abraham Hendricks (1763-1848), then that connection could be proven by obtaining a sample of my Y Chromosome DNA and comparing it to one of the direct male descendants of Abraham Hendricks with the Hendricks surname. For instance, my Y Chromosome DNA should be the same as Harold Hendricks with the exception of a few mutations since we are connected by male descendants of Abraham Hendricks (a total of 7 generations back). The Genetics Department of the University of Utah has a few easy to understand videos on the different types of DNA and how they relate to genealogy. The following link goes directly to the video on Y Chromosome DNA but there are also videos on the other types of DNA used for genealogical research. http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/extras/molgen/y_chromo.html John Hendrix

Is Your Neighbor Your Relative?

Last modified Mon, 14 Oct 2013 at 05:28 PM GMT by LeAnn
Just met an older woman from Rexburg who lives across the hall from my father-in-law in Grass Valley, CA. Figured she had to be LDS and perhaps a Hendricks or Ricks relative. Sure enough, LDS but not Ricks or Hendricks. Unusual. Most of the time when I ask, they are related. How many people do you talk to and meet and find out if they are related? There are over a million descendants from Henry Hendricks and Sarah Thompson walking around us. You will be surprised many times, so don't be afraid to ask, even in your own church and neighborhoods!

Beyond the Statistics

Last modified Wed, 25 Sep 2013 at 04:43 PM GMT by John Hendrix
I was baptized into the LDS Church when I was 14 years old and I started my search for my ancestry two years later when I heard about the four generation program. No one in my family had previously undertaken the effort but I had an aunt that was interested enough to pave my way and enabled me to interview all of my known oldest relatives on my paternal side. I still have the notes from those interviews and some of the interviews were critical when I was subsequently able to connect my known ancestry to the work done by researchers associated with the HHFO. While I was able to compile a lot of information on both my father’s and mother’s ancestry, I wasn’t focused on the personal information that would have made the history much more meaningful to future generations. I have since been working to rectify my neglect of this area of my family history. I have come to realize that my sons have a keen interest in our ancestry but they are primarily interested in the stories about their ancestors, what they did and what they were all about. I believe ancestors and relatives help to mold a person in the way he is raised, the values he incorporates into his life, and his expectations for what he hopes to achieve or do during his lifetime. This is most easily observable with parents and children. While children don't necessarily follow all of a parents teachings or values, their actions and behaviors are definitely influenced by them even if it is to rebel against them. While this influence is more subdued the further you go back in a person's ancestry, it can be observed in families that continually have success or are good at certain things or have problems with certain things. Any way you look at it; I believe it can help you understand yourself more fully if you understand some of your background and ancestry. What can you do? If you are reading this you are probably a direct descendant of someone in the HHFO pedigree chart. As such it can seem like there is nothing to do for your family history. I have heard the following quotes from many people in the Church, “my work has already been done” or “Aunt ___ has done all of our genealogy work” or “there is nothing left to be done”. While it may be difficult to add to the current database of information on our shared direct ancestors without coordinating efforts with the HHFO Research Director, you can offer a valuable contribution that will be appreciated by your children, grandchildren and others. Within your own individual family groups of Parents, Grandparents, and Great Grandparents, you can record oral histories, write stories and compile photos that will resonate with your descendants and offer great lessons on how one can live a useful life. The Church has recognized this and as many of you know, it has programed familysearch.org to allow for the posting of stories and photos about our ancestors. What is great about this improvement is a story or photo will be connected to a specific individual, will be kept forever and is easily assessable by anyone in the family. To post a story or photo about a parent or grandparent all you have to do is sign in to familyseach.org and go to “photos”. If you don’t have an account, you can easily get one (all you need is your Church membership number and your birthdate). Those who are not members of the LDS Church can also obtain an account. While this site is not meant to be a scrapbook, it is looking for meaningful stories and photos about you and your ancestors. In addition to photos and written stories, you might also consider obtaining oral histories of your oldest living relatives. While familysearch.org doesn’t allow for the posting of oral histories at this time, it is possible they may do so in the future. The Riverton FamilySearch Library even has an Oral History Room that is set up specifically for the purpose of recording oral histories. See https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Riverton_FamilySearch_Library/Oral_History_Room . You can easily record histories yourself without using specialized equipment in your own home. I understand the HHFO has identified over 40,000 living cousins. It would be great if by the time of our next HHFO reunion, we had thousands of meaningful photos or stories of the more current generations posted in familysearch.org. John Hendrix

My Connection to the Hendricks

Last modified Fri, 13 Sep 2013 at 01:32 PM GMT by Laurie Beardall
My name is Laurie Kaye Nielsen Beardall. I was born and raised in Provo, Utah and am the daughter of H. Stanley and Lois Gifford Nielsen. I live in Sandy, Utah with my husband Larry K. Beardall. We are the parents of four children and 12 adorable grandchildren. Enough about me! Last Saturday I attended a Board Meeting for the Henry Hendricks Family Organization. Although not a member of the board they welcomed me warmly and I accepted an assignment to contribute to their blog. I have two confessions. I have never written on a blog before and have never considered myself to be a writer. I told the board that I would be willing but then asked the question, “What do you want me to write on this blog?” The answer was simply this, “Anything you want to.” That may seem simple to most of you who are reading this, but, I found myself praying, pondering and asking what could I possibly contribute? Like most of us, our lives are busy with work, family, service, etc. What I thought was going to be a relatively easy week and task turned out to be quite challenging. Every time I sat down at the computer I had an interruption or couldn’t manage to get on the website. Being the determined person that I am, I kept persevering and here is my first post to a blog ever! I have had several ideas this week about what to write but it wasn’t until this morning that it became very clear as to what I should share. My connection to the Hendricks family is through Elizabeth Mahala Hendricks who was the daughter of James and Drucilla Hendricks. I learned at the board meeting that there are a lot of us who connect through James and Drucilla. It occurred to me that the reason Drucilla is so well known is because she wrote her life story. That’s a great lesson to all of us, especially if we want to be famous! All kidding aside, I am so grateful to her for sharing her life with us. The lessons we learn from those that went before us are so valuable if we learn from them. It was actually through this story that I grew to love her so much and made that connection that Malachi speaks of...”Turning the hearts of the children.” It was about thirty years ago that I was living in Houston, Texas. I still remember the day that my mom handed me a blue folder with a story in it and told me it was about one of our ancestors and that I would probably enjoy reading it. I read some of it and found it to be very interesting but with four small children and battling breast cancer I just didn’t ever finish it. It was a few years later after moving back to Utah that I found myself in our basement going through boxes and found this blue folder. The copy was hard to read, probably the reason that I didn’t finish it the first time, so I decided to take on the task of retyping it. Of course, by now, you have probably already guessed that it was the story (journal) of Drucilla Hendricks. This time reading it was a totally different experience than I had had those few years previously. I didn’t get very far into the history when I recognized that Drucilla wasn’t just an ordinary person, but one of great faith and one who definitely would leave a lasting impression on her posterity. As I was typing along I came to the section where Drucilla mentioned that the Mormon Elders had come to the locality where her sister was living. Drucilla was approached by her husband’s brother, Samuel Hendricks and was asked to go and hear them preach and “catch their errors in the scriptures.” To “catch them in their words.” Now the next part of this paragraph caught my attention. Drucilla said this, “as we went out at the gate I said What went ye out to see a reed shaken by the wind? As I typed this I had this incredible feeling come over me. I had heard this phrase before. I grabbed my scriptures and started looking for this verse. I found it in Matthew 11:7. It wasn’t surprising that Drucilla had quoted this because she was so well versed in the scriptures. But that wasn’t where I had read it and why this phrase was so familiar to me. As I sat in my chair staring at my computer screen, Drucilla’s story and my scriptures, the thought came to my mind that I needed to pull my Patriarchal Blessing out of the desk drawer. My heart was racing as I began reading it from the beginning. I wasn’t quite sure at that point why was I prompted to read it, but, I continued on. It wasn’t until I got near the end of the first page that I recognized that I was reading that very same verse that Drucilla had mentioned in her history when she said, “What went ye out to see a reed shaken by the wind.” I was admonished in my blessing to, “Be no reed shaken in the wind. To keep my feet planted firmly in the soil of faith.” Isn’t that what Drucilla did all of her life? As tears rolled down my face I realized at that moment that I had a connection with this dear grandmother, Drucilla Dorris Hendricks and how thin the veil really is. That my grandmother had spoken these words almost 100 years earlier as part of her conversion story and as an 18 year-old young woman, a Patriarch had placed his hands on my head and repeated almost those exact words. My heart was turned that day and I will ever be grateful for these dear ancestors who were persecuted beyond belief but remained faithful and endured to the end.

Looking Forward to 2015 Reunion

Last modified Sat, 7 Sep 2013 at 01:13 PM GMT by LeAnn
Save your pennies and plan to join us for the five-year Henry Hendricks Family Reunion in the summer of 2015. We plan to host the reunion at the Lagoon in Utah. There will be something for everyone, so bring your whole family, including the babies, teens and grandparents! We will be there from opening to closing and plan to host lunch and dinner, a family meeting, information about the latest research, classes on how to access the family database from your laptop or home, and a temple session on Friday evening. Services at the lagoon include camping, RV park, rides, a convenience store, and a place for your pet. Mark your calendar and prepare for a memorable weekend! This is a perfect time for you to hold your family reunion for your immediate and extended cousins. As part of the HHFO reunion, we reserve time for you to meet as a separate group, so let us know if your family wants us to reserve a separate meeting spot for a few hours in the morning or afternoon.

In Search of Hendrick Hendrickson Part II

Last modified Sat, 18 May 2013 at 05:03 PM GMT by Greg Hendricks
In the Oct 2012 Issue of the Hendricks Herald we documented that Trynetje, the first wife of Hendrick Hendrickson Sr., was the mother of the two known Hendrickson children, Hendrick (b. 1706) and Geesje, as well as an unknown daughter Jannetje, and not Helena Cortelyou as had been previously thought. We also speculated as to the identity of this Trynetje, as well as related questions by other Dutch researchers as to if our Hendrick Hendrickson was even the same Hendrick who married Helena Cortelyou. We now have answers to all of these questions thanks to a coordinated research effort! In my research circles we have often joked around about what we have dubbed as the magic document. An ancient time worn piece of crumbling yellow parchment, hidden away in some secret archive in some far off lost corner of the world that answers the pressing research questions, resolves any research issues and leaves any research critics speechless at a mere glance! Such documents are quite rare but every once in a while one turns up such as the one we found in the Kings Co., NY Conveyances 1679 – 1736, Liber 3, pp. 183-185 when LDS Family Search posted the New York Land and Probate Records on line! As you recall from my last report the noted historian Tuenis G. Bergen seemed to think that the Trynetje who married a Hendricks Hendrickson was the daughter of Achias Janse Van Dyke and his wife Jannetje Lambertse who was baptized 17 Oct 1680 at the Dutch Church at New Utrecht and William B. Aitken in his work Distinguished Families in America Descended from Wilhelmus Beekman and Jan Thomasse Van Dyke p. 230 alluded to a land deed in which Hendrick Hendrickson was mentioned in relation to the Bay Ridge Farm of Achias Van Dyke, although he seemed to have the transaction mixed up a bit. Well we finally found this land record in images 464 and 465 of 666 of the Kings Co., Conveyances. Would you like to see the Hendrickson/Van Dyke document yourself? Just type in familysearch.org/search/collection/2078654 then click on the “Browse through 8,129,310 images” icon. Then click on the “Kings” County icon, and click on the “Conveyances 1679-1736 vol 1-4” icon at the top of the list. Be glad you don’t have to search all 8,129,310 images or even the 666 images like we did! All you need to do is type in the number 464 in the image number box then hit enter and it will take you to the right image. While you are staring at this document in total amazement I need explain some more of those rambling family history details. Around the time of the marriage of Hendrick Hendrickson and Helena Cortelyou in 1708, Helena wrote a document in which she stated that her son Jacques Denyse and her son-in-law, Hendrick Van Louwres, should take the administration of her personal estate pursuant to an agreement made between her and her third husband, Hendrick Hendrickson. She decrees that all her children shall have equal portion in her estate, including the heirs of her son Nicholas Van Brunt who was deceased, whose heirs were to have one equal share of her personal estate. It was dated 4 Apr 1708 and later notarized the 27 Oct 1726 by Helena with her personal mark which was “H” (Reminisces of New Ultrecht and Gowanus p. 39). Personal marks were used on important legal documents even as we use our signature as a proof of identification and verification of our agreement. In the Kings Co. NY Conveyances 1679-1736 Vol 3, pp 137-138 part of Jaques Cortelyou Sr’s estate is conveyed to his daughter, “Helena Tunisse widow and relict of Denyse Tunisse”, the 12 Sep 1707 by her brothers Jaques and Peter Cortelyou and their wives. This indicates that Helena Cortelyou the widow of Denyse Tunisse married Hendrick Hendrickson sometime after this date while our ancestor Hendrick Hendrickson Jr. was born 11 Nov 1706. And what about Hendrick’s sister, Geesje Hendrickson, who is listed as being born as late as 1710 by some historians? As mentioned in the Oct 2012 Herald, she married Nicholas Van Brunt and according to his 1760 Will they had three older children that we did not know about, Cornelius, Trynetje and Jannetje. Since the earliest known birth date we have for any of Geesje and Nicholas’s children is Antje/Enjeltie, who was Bapt. 23 Apr 1732, then we must assume that at the least the three older children were born before this date pushing the marriage date of Geesje and Nicholas to around 1726 if not earlier. Since most of these early Dutch did not marry until around age 21 this means that Geesje probably was not born any later than 1705 and she may have been the oldest child as she was probably the first child to get married. You should also be reminded that Geesje never named any of her children Helena plus none of the children of Hendrick Hendrickson, including Geesje, ever received any of Helena Cortelyou’s estate which would not have been the case had she been their birth mother. She did however name her oldest daughter Trynetje which would have been expected if her mother were Tynetje Van Dyke. As was mentioned in the previous article several parcels of land were deeded to the sons of Helena Cortelyou by Hendrick Hendrickson including a new one I found in the Kings Co., Conveyances 1679 – 1736 Liber 4, pp. 201-202 where on the 27 Oct 1718 Jaques and Tunis Denuys buy a plantation on Cooper Brook in Monmouth Co., NJ for the sum of 350 pounds. As with most of these deeds it was signed Hendrick Hendrickson with his distinct mark which was “HH” sharing the center down stroke of the Hs. So now that you have had a chance to check out our magic document what do you think? You say you don’t see what is so exciting? Well I guess we genealogists are kind of a dull, stuffy bunch anyhow, so it doesn’t take a lot to get us excited. However the deed dated 6 Oct 1708 is between Lambert Van Dyke, Maryke his wife, Jacob Van Dyke, Janake Van Dyke, Hendrick Hendrickse, and Johannes Koerte and Barbara his wife of the one part and Hendrick Van Dyke of the other part for a parcel of land that was willed to them by their deceased father and father-in-law Achias/Agyas Van Dyke. Since our Hendrick Hendrickson is listed as one of the heirs of Agyas it proves that he was married to a daughter, Trynetje Van Dyke, and since she is not listed indicates that she had also died by this date. The deed mentions that the children came in possession of the land “by virtue of the last will and testament of Agyas Van Dyke late of the Yellow Brook soe called in the township of Broockland in Kings County”. This Will apparently was unrecorded as no record of it exists today and since the land was jointly owned by the heirs of Agyas Van Dyke and their spouses it had to be sold to Hendrick Van Dyke by the other heirs before he could claim clear legal title to the land. Then after a long detailed description of the land the deed was signed by all of the Grantors including our Hendrick Hendrickson who makes his mark “HH” as described in the previous Hendrick Hendrickson to Jaques and Tunis Denuys land deed. So we have one document that proves that our Hendrick Hendrickson was married to an heir of Achias/Agyas Van Dyke, that this wife Trynetje Van Dyke had died by 6 Oct 1708 and that he was the same Hendrick Hendrickson who later married Helena Cortelyou the widow of Denyse Tunisse. Not bad for one document! The Hendrickson and Van Dyke families were well known to each other as Hendrick’s brother Daniel also married a Trynetje (Catherine) Van Dyke who was a first cousin to Trynetje the wife of our Hendrick Hendrickson plus Francyntje Hendrickson the sister of Willem, Daniel and Hendrick married Nicholas (Claus) Van Dyke who was also a first cousin to the wives of the Hendrickson brothers. You have probably wondered about the unusual name of Trynetje’s father Agyas Van Dyke sometimes spelled, Achias or Haggase. He was named after his mother’s father Aggase or Acke Jansz who moved to Amsterdam from Kniphausen, Hanover, Prussia in what is now Germany around 1616 (NYGBR 126:241). A lot of research has been done on the early New Amsterdam Van Dyke Family yet the line is still documentably inaccurate. Achias Van Dyke’s parents were Jan Thomasse and Trynetje Aggase/Haggaus and he was probably born in Amsterdam. It was thought that four of the eleven known children of Jan Thommase were from an unknown first wife however an article written by Harry Macy Jr. of NYGB Society published in Oct 1994 in issue 126 Vol 4, pp. 239-244 turned the Van Dyke research upside down. Harry reported on the research of Douglas Richardson who searched the Amsterdam RD Church Indexes for Jan Thomasse’s wife Trynetje Agges and finally found the Dutch Reformed Church baptisms for six of Jan’s children, Engeltjen, Tamas, Anna, Angnietje, Karel and Martin. Instead of Jan Van Dyke or Jan Thomasse the father of these children was listed as Jan Guecke! Guecke appears to have been a Frisian given name and Harry Macy speculates that this might have been his father’s given name while Thomass might have been his grandfather’s given name. It is more likely that Guecke was more of a Frisian surname while Thomasse was the Patronymic surname. The baptism of Achias was not found by Douglas Richardson but has since been found by our research associate Michael Morrisay in the on line Stadsarchief Amsterdam Doopregisters in the Amsterdam Old Dutch Reformed Church registers on the 2 Nov 1642 recorded as follows: “Jan Gucken, Trijn Achemius, Martja Achemius, Stadts Edsers, Aachijmijus”. This lists Jan Gucken and Trin Achemius as parents, Martja Achemius and Stadts Edsers as witnesses and Achijmijus as the child. Martja Achemius was probably Trinetje’s oldest sister and one can’t help notice that the baptism seems to be in Latin which would explain the variations in the spellings. Achias and his family came to New Amsterdam in 1652 probably with the Cornelius van Werckhoven family and their tutor Jaques Cortelyou the father of Helena the second wife of our Hendrick Hendrickson. In my next report I will continue my findings on our Van Dyke family roots and may have some new information on our immigrant Hendrickson ancestor, Hendrick Willemsz. Even since 2010 when I published my new research in the Ancestral Archive of James and Drusilla Dorris we have made even more updates and changes to our pedigrees and histories. It is only because of your dues and donations that we are able to continue this research and publish it in the Hendricks Herald. It costs us around $1,200.00 per issue to print and send out each Hendricks Herald. So we really appreciate your dues and donations! Yours Truly, Del Leavitt.

Cousin Parties Are Here Starting Tomorrow!

Last modified Fri, 26 Apr 2013 at 11:35 PM GMT by LeAnn
My calendar is open and I am ready to come to your home or neighborhood to help you learn the latest Henry Hendricks family research. Send me an email so we can schedule a time and place. I go anywhere in the world where Henry Hendricks family members are living at no cost to you, plus, I bring all the stuff, send out the invitations while you get to enjoy the fun! Give me a call or send me a note because cousin parties are fun and memorable!

Las Vegas Cousin Party!

Last modified Fri, 15 Feb 2013 at 10:58 PM GMT by LeAnn
Come One, Come All..to the Cousin Party in Las Vegas. Saturday, March 2, 2013,1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Sun Valley Ward Bldg, 5100 Sun Valley Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada 89122.

New Year for Cousin Parties!

Last modified Mon, 21 Jan 2013 at 03:11 PM GMT by LeAnn
Now that the holidays are over, I can get back to busy...er. It is a new year and many new family history opportunities abound for the HHFO. If you want to learn how to access the latest Hendricks research, link your family database individuals with newfamilysearch.org. then...schedule a cousin party at your home, family history center or church. Wireless internet access, a date and time on my calendar and voila! you have the foundation for a fabulous evening of Hendricks fun. Schedule my calendar and I will send invites and do the rest. Small or large gatherings...no matter! Just do the right thing and schedule a family history party for your immediate and/or extended Hendricks family today. My contact information is in About Us. LeAnn Hord

Hendrickson Family Cemetery in New Jersey Update

Last modified Tue, 20 Nov 2012 at 06:50 AM GMT by LeAnn

I bet many of you have wondered...What ever happened with the Hendrickson Family Cemetery in New Jersey? Has it or will it ever be restored?  It seems that not much has happened since the destruction two years ago, and we are anxiously watching events unfold, but it takes a long time to get through the legal hoopes. The good news is...things are finally starting to happen and we are satisfied with the progress that is being made. I will post more information and updates as soon as I can.  By the way...all the east coast board members survived Hurrican Sandy OK and the Half Moon replica ship was safely harbored in Connecticut during the storms.

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