The Staats Genealogy Website Has a New Home!

posted Aug 21, 2012, 7:43 AM by Sean Staats

You have probably noticed a change in the look of the website.  I have decided to move the site from a hosting provider to Google Sites.  I have found that Google Sites provides the functionality needed to make this a successful site that will be around for a long time.  This move also saves me $120 per year (now you know the real motivation behind the move.

I'm a member of the Holland Society of New York!

posted Aug 19, 2012, 6:57 AM by Sean Staats

In December 2009, I (Sean Staats) received the honor of being elected to membership in the Holland Society of New York.  The HSNY has a strict membership requirement in that you must be a descendant of an ancestor, along your direct-paternal line, who lived in New Netherland before or during 1675.  How is it that I could possibly meet that requirement?  The immigrant ancestor of my direct, paternal line is Jan Pieterszen Van Husum (also known as Jan Pieterszen Van Huysen.)  He was born in 1605 and around 1638 emmigrated from Husum in Kreis Nordfriesland, Schleswig, Germany.  

Note that Schleswig was a part of Denmark until it was lost after the Second Schleswig War to Prussia and Austria in 1864.  Anyway,  Jan (pronounced like the English John) lived and farmed in New Amsterdam until 1642 when he bought farmland in Gowanus(Brooklyn) - which was still part of New Netherland.  He, his two sons Pieter Janszen Staats and Jan Janszen Staats and their children contributed to the building and prosperity of New Netherland until the English wrestled it away from the Dutch in 1674.  Now what did I have to do to join the HSNY?  I "simply" had to submit my genealogy, with sources, to the HSNY genealogy and membership committes who review and approve all new member applications.  It was very gratifying to have that part of my genealogy verified and confirmed by such an organization.  I am proud to be part of an organizaion that honors and cherishes the memory and history of those ancestors that played such an instrumental role in building the great nation that is now the United States of America.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the following people for their work in my family's genealogy:
  • Laura Jane Duffield (Goodall) and her mother Mary A. Goodall (Staats)
  • Joann Beth Roth (Staats)
  • Margery A. Freas (Huston)
  • Richard W. Cook and Lewis D. Cook
I would also like to invite all of my male, Staats relatives to consider joining the Holland Society.  As I am such a new member, I find it best to redirect inquiries to the HSNY website.  However, I will post my experiences with the Holland Society to this website.  I am looking forward to a very active and rewarding experience in the Holland Society!

New essay on the life of Joachim Gijsen (Guysen) in the works!

posted Aug 19, 2012, 6:39 AM by Sean Staats

Timothy Staats, author of "Abram Staes: Progenitor of the Staats Family of Albany," has completed his research on the legendary Joachim Gijsen.  He received much assistance from some Dutch researchers who found a goldmine of information about Gijsen.  Timothy has almost completed the essay, but cannot say for sure where it will be published nor when, although it should be in 2011.  He has left the following gem of information about Gijsen's daughter Jochemse to create some excitement:

In 1642, before Abram Staes and Tryjntje Jochemse left for Fort Orange, they filed with a notary..a which they leave their belongings to family. Tryjntje leaves her belongings to both her mother and father. Therefore Gijsen is still alive in 1642. Since the notarial file is so close to the time they is strong evidence that Abram and Tryjntje travelled together. I doubt we will ever know for sure...but the evidence they travelled together is now almost overwhelming.

Tim, we certainly appreciate your hard work and look forward to reading about this long-time family legend!

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