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The first group of photos shows places and scenes our ancestors would have known in America, followed by early maps of towns and villages where they lived . The second group contains photos that were taken on a trip I made with a cousin to some of the German villages and towns my ancestors came from.

The interactive maps (below the photos) show the towns and villages in Holland, England and Germany that are known to be the places of origin for my ancestors. The final map shows the latest findings of the National Geographic/Genographic Project and is based on DNA testing of people around the world, including those of us who have participated in the DNA projects that I and many others manage, thanks to Family Tree DNA, the company that also does all the testing for the National Geographic-IBM project. For more information about this project, please go to National Geographic/genographic.

What our Ancestors Saw in America

1950s
Abraham Kip House, Rhinebeck, NY
Ackert House, Hillside, Rhinebeck, NY
Barber Shop
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Beekman Arms, Rhinebeck, NY (Oldest Inn in America)
Bergh Stoutenburgh House, Hyde Park, NY
Bloomvale - Intersection of Clinton, Hyde Park, Pleasant Valley
Catskills beyond the Hudson River
Clermont Manor, Clermont, NY
Clinton house 1765 Poughkeepsie
Crispel Church on Huguenot St., New Paltz, NY
Crispell House, Hurley, NY
Downtown Millbrook, NY
Downtown Tivoli, NY
Eleanor Roosevelt's Stone Cottage, Hyde Park, NY
Elmendorph Home, Red Hook, NY
Fort Amsterdam 1626, NY
Fort Orange (Albany), NY
Foster's Coach House Tavern, Rhinebeck, NY
Franklin D. Roosevelt home, Hyde Park, NY
Germantown, NY Rte 9G
Glebe House 1767 Poughkeepsie
Harvesting ice ca 1890
Harvesting with a horse-drawn sickle bar ca 1890
Horse-drawn Trolley
Hudson River north from Bear Mountain Bridge
Huguenot Street, New Paltz, NY
Hyde Park Elementary School
Innisfree Gardens, Millbrook, NY
John Hendricks House 1787, Staatsburg, NY
Main St., Poughkeepsie, NY
Mayflower
Montgomery Place, Barrytown, NY
New Amsterdam village
New Amsterdam's beginnings
New Amsterdam
New York 1900s
Nieuw Dorp Inn, Hurley, NY
Nine Partners Friends Meeting House, Millbrook, NY
Oblong Friends Meeting House, Pawling, NY
Old Hyde Park Train Station
Poughkeepsie from across the Hudson
Rhinecliff, NY
Saloon car on the Orient Epress
School House, Schultzville, NY
St. James Chapel, Hyde Park, NY
Statue of Liberty, NY
Steamboat on the Hudson River
Trinity School, Tivoli, NY
Van Etten House, Marbletown, NY
Vanderbilt Mansion, Hyde Park, NY
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Wales House, Hyde Park, NY
Watts de Peyster Home for Girls 1910
Winter sleigh ride

Early Maps of New York Places

Renselaerwyck 1707
Germantown and Clermont
New York City 1848
Germantown 1740
Dutchess County 2012
Pleasant Valley 1850
Germantown 1870-1873
New York City
Columbia County 2012

What our Ancestors Saw in Germany