Sunset at Gowanus Bay

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

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Update: Brouwer Genealogy Database

The Brouwer Genealogy Database website has been updated. This update marks a milestone in that all persons, who I presently know of, or have information on, with the surname Brouwer, Brower, Brewer, or any other variation thereof, and who are descendants of Jan Brouwer of Flatlands, or of Willem Brouwer of Beverwijck, can now be found online at the BGD website.
That is not to say that the descendants of either Jan Brouwer or Willem Brouwer are complete. They are far from it. It is just to say that all info I currently have on the Brouwer descendants of these two progenitors, is now publicly available. There certainly are more descendants to be found, and many unplaced Brouwers whose parents have to be determined. In addition, I would point out that the female lines descended from both Jan Brouwer and Willem Brouwer are also, not complete. That will come with time.
The objective for the next update of the BGD website will be to do the same for the Brouwer descendants of Adam Brouwer of Gowanus, L. I.

The Unplaced page has also been altered. "Contacts," persons who are currently researching or are descendants of the Unplaced Brouwers, have been added to a number of those profiled. The "Contacts" would like to hear from others who are descended from or are actively researching the Unplaced Brouwer who their name follows. An e-mail address is provided so that anyone coming to the website can reach the "Contact" directly without the need to go through me. Hopefully there are persons out there, who have not yet been heard from, that may have information or records that can help place the Unplaced. In the coming weeks I will take space on this blog to highlight each of those who are currently found on the Unplaced page. If you would like your own name added as a "Contact" to any of the Unplaced, please see the blog post of January 7, 2012, and please contact me here.

As usual, I would welcome any corrections, or additions, especially to earlier generations. Please be willing to provide documentation for your corrections or additions.

As I have done many times before, I would once again like to encourage and ask for your participation in the Brewer DNA Project. We could especially use the participation of any male descendants who are certain of their ancestry back to one of the original Brouwer Progenitors (as well as the Brewer progenitors of New England). A combination of the data from your Y-DNA test with a verifiable pedigree, can help us develop better genetic profiles of the progenitors and help us identify genetic mutations specific to different lines of descendants. This may help the Unplaced find their place. Your participation may well help out a cousin whom you've yet to meet. Wouldn't that be nice?!

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