Sunset at Gowanus Bay

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

Friday, May 4, 2012

Brouwer Genealogy Database Update

The Brouwer Genealogy Database has been updated.

This update includes all updates, changes and additions to the family of Willem Brouwer and Lysbeth Drinckvelt and the families of their children Hendrick, Maria, Elizabeth, and claimed son William, that were mentioned in posts over the past couple of months.

There is also the addition of new data from a participant in the Brewer DNA Project. Y-DNA test results from the participant confirm, without a doubt, that he is a genetic descendant of Adam Brouwer. At the time of his participation the descendant was able to trace his Brower ancestry back to Samuel C. Brower (1847-1888) who lived in Brooklyn, New York. The Y-DNA test results assured us that he, and his earliest known ancestor Samuel C. Brower, were in fact descendants of Adam Brouwer, thereby greatly narrowing down the possible ancestors for Samuel C. Brower as we began to search for the missing lineage. Then with a little traditional genealogical research (locating burial records, census records and a probate file) we were able to connect Samuel C. Brower to his correct line of ancestry back to Adam Brouwer. This new line descends from Adam Brouwer through his son Pieter Brouwer, and the lineage has been added to the chart page for Pieter Brouwer. In addition, the participant (kit #207810) displays a mutation at marker no. 30 (allele 456) which is, thus far, new and unique among all participating Adam Brouwer descendants. The value of 18, contrasts with the modal value of 17 (when considering all Adam Brouwer descendants) and the value of 16, which appears in three participants who's complete ancestries back to Adam have yet to be determined. This mutation would have occurred somewhere in the participants line between his ancestor Samuel Brouwer (bapt. 18 Feb 1705, wife Maria Hartje) and the present. It may well be a defining mutation for this specific line, and it would be nice to see more descendants of Samuel Brouwer and Maria Hartje participate so that exact location of the mutation within the lineage can be determined. See the Adam Brouwer Group Y-DNA Test Results Chart. Also for the Adam Brouwer Group Results Chart, and the charts for ALL other Brouwer, Brower and Brewer groups, see the Y-DNA Chart page at the Brewer DNA Project.

Also, with this update, all persons, who I presently know of or have information on, surnamed Brouwer, Brower or Brewer (male and female) and who are known or believed to be descendants of Adam Brouwer, are now online. To be clear, this is not to say that all descendants of Adam Brouwer are now found on the BGD website. Far from it. This simply means that at this point in time, all I that I have to date, researched at home, is now available publicly. I still have many unplaced Brewers and Browers to add to the database and I hope to do that by the next update.

And finally, I would just like to mention that the newest descendant of Adam Brouwer just came into the world. Last night, at 10:08 pm our daughter gave birth to her second child, an eight pound six ounce baby girl. And so it all continues.

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