Sunset at Gowanus Bay

Sunset at Gowanus Bay
Sunset at Gowanus Bay, Henry Gritten, 1851

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Brouwer Genealogy Database

The Brouwer Genealogy Database website has been updated. This update is the latest since May 2, 2012 and all changes and corrections mentioned in posts to this website between May 2nd and today are now reflected in the Brouwer Genealogy Database.

Of special mention is the addition of more BENNET descendants of Maria Badie (mother-in-law of Adam Brouwer). All descendants of Adam Brouwer and of Willem Adriaeszen (Bennet) share a common ancestor in Maria Badie and are therefore cousins. As mentioned in the August 24th post regarding Maria Badie, the principal published source for BENNET descendants is Wilson V. Ledley's, "Descendants of Willem Adriaese Bennet of Brooklyn and Some of His Descendants," found in the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, volumes 93, 94, and 95 (1962-1964), has a considerable number of errors, misplaced descendants, and even a few "invented" individuals. Some of these newly discovered errors are reflected in the updated Brouwer Genealogy Database. I'd like to thank Liz Johnson and Mike Morrissey for their help in uncovering some of these problems and for diving into this rather large and complicated family. It is possible that in the future I will create a separate, "Bennet Database," that will encompass the entire family originally presented by Wilson V. Ledley, 48 years ago. Please note that this is a work in progress and current placements found on the Brouwer Genogealy Database are subject to change.

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