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Got all I can from the internet....

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Got all I can from the internet....

Posted: 26 Sep 2012 6:43AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 26 Sep 2012 7:00AM GMT
Surnames: Vredenburgh
I'm researching the Vredenburgh family from Manhattan in the early 1800's and have gotten a ton of information from the databases on I have used Ancestry's new search, the old search (which proved invaluable), used both soundex and my own list of various misspellings in order to locate most census and other records. All-in-all I have 100+ hours of searching time invested...but so far so good.

But now I am completely stuck because I can't find the parents of ANY of my Vredenburghs born around 1810-1820. The census records from that time don't include family member names...ARG.

Through the internet, I've been able to locate the death records for most of people I'm interested in. Unfortunately, not a single one of those records says who their parents were!!!

Although I am new at this, it seems that baptism or marriage records are a good, if not the best, source of information about parents in the pre-1840 era. Is this correct? Is there a better source?

Finally, how do I go about locating baptism or marriage records from 1780-1850 for people in various wards in NYC? I have read that it would be the church that has them. The Vredenburgh's were Dutch, so I am guessing they probably were members of the Dutch Reformed Church, but who knows? And where are those church records now? Do I need to physically make a trip to NYC to find these? Should I try legal/probate records (no idea how to get these)?

I feel like I have really slammed into the brick wall...any and all suggestions on how to proceed are welcome.

The main people I am stuck on are:

* Alonzo Vredenburgh (b. 1811, d. 1889)
* Samuel Vredenburgh (b. 1806, d. 1889)
* John J. Vredenburgh (b. 1813, d. 1864)
* Mary Vredenburgh (nee ???) (b. 1788, d. 1879)
* Sarah A. Gaul (nee Vredenburgh) (b. 1825, d. 1905)
* Harriet Vredenburgh (nee ???) (b. abt 1821, d. after 1880)
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
dvredenburgh1 26 Sep 2012 12:43PM GMT 
daciodan 26 Sep 2012 2:19PM GMT 
dvredenburgh1 26 Sep 2012 9:20PM GMT 
LHSwisher 27 Sep 2012 1:39AM GMT 
daciodan 27 Sep 2012 3:34AM GMT 
dvredenburgh1 27 Sep 2012 4:37AM GMT 
daciodan 27 Sep 2012 3:49PM GMT 
dvredenburgh1 27 Sep 2012 4:59PM GMT 
LHSwisher 28 Sep 2012 3:02AM GMT 
dvredenburgh1 28 Sep 2012 4:10PM GMT 
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