Wynkoop Genealogies.

    Here you will find copies of published and unpublished Wynkoop Genealogies and family traditions culled from a variety of sources including libraries and private collections as well as Historical Societies and Genealogical Societies from around the United States.

    If other family members have old family documents outlining family history that they would like to share with the rest of the Wynkoop family I would be pleased to publish them here for all family members to use. Please feel free to contact me at chwynkoop@hotmail.com.

    A word of caution is in order regarding the use of any family genealogy, whether it be one as well regarded as Richard Wynkoop's or Verna Brockhurst's or a family tradition that has remained unpublished for generations. These records should be taken as starting points in your family research, not as the gospel truth. Their job, really, is to point you in the right direction when you lose your way in the forests of research.

    Many of these family records are full of speculation and half-truths. None of this has been done deliberately, it's just part of the natural art of storytelling. And that, after all is what we're doing here. Some things just sound better told one way rather than another and eventually this new story becomes the accepted standard. It's up to each individual to winnow the wheat from the chaff, and find the truth of the matter for him or herself. Learn to be a little skeptical of everything you read.

    Patricia Law Hatcher, CG, FASG in an article called, "Investigating Family Stories," published in Ancestry Daily News on March 28, 2001 notes:

As we analyze family stories, we need to keep in mind the following:
- Some stories have grains of truth, but with the facts all mixed up.
- Some stories were meant primarily to entertain, not to inform.
- Some stories were inadvertently altered in the repetitive telling.
- Some stories were altered to make them "make sense."
- Some stories were created to hide or obscure humble origins.

    That being said, I want to add that time is of the essence. It's been over 95 years since Richard Wynkoop published his last edition of the Wynkoop Genealogy. Paper quality has gone downhill sharply since the days of our ancestors. My copy of the 1878 Genealogy has become brittle and yellow with age and probably won't see the 150th anniversary of it's publication at the rate it's going. Most family documents written since the days of the American Civil War are probably in the same shape and should be salvaged if at all possible.

    For those of you who wish to purchase copies of Richard Wynkoop's 1878 and 1904 editions of the Wynkoop Genealogy, printed on acid-free paper, with a lifespan of about 200 years or so, I can heartily recommend Higginson Books in Salem, Massachusetts. Their website can be reached at: http://www.higginsonbooks.com/

    Koen Wijnkoop has arranged for a special rate on these Genealogies for subscribers of the Wynkoop Family Newsletter. Just mention it in your correspondence with Higginson books. You won't be disappointed in the quality of their work.

    The 1866 edition of Wynkoop Family; A Preliminary Genealogy can now be purchased in book form or CD from Quintin Publications of Orange Park, Florida. This now brings all three of Richard Wynkoop's published Wynkoop Genealogies back in print, good news for all of us.

    The 1906 Supplement to Richard Wynkoop's Genealogy was originally designed to be inserted into the 400 unbound copies of the 1904 edition that were still in existence in February of 1906 and an additional 100 copies were to be trimmed down for placing in the books that had previously been bound and remained unsold. At the present time it is not known whether this supplement was ever printed and published or not. I haven't run across a printed version in any of the several copies of the 1904 Wynkoop Genealogy that I have personally handled. If anyone knows of such a printed copy I would appreciate it if you would contact me at chwynkoop@hotmail.com. I would dearly love to be able to add the missing illustrations to the online version of this Supplement. In the meantime, the only place a copy of this manuscript may be seen is on one of the very first microfilms made by the Latter Day Saints Family History Library; Film No. 282, photographed by them back in 1942.

    Incidentally, the phrase "RWGn", was coined by Koen Wijnkoop, back in 1997 I believe, and is simply a short-hand way of referring to Richard Wynkoop's Wynkoop Genealogy in the United States of America, in it's various editions. Believe me it's quite a mouthful and the acronym saves a lot of typing. I've used it here to familiarize new users with this handy way of referring to these essential cornerstones of Wynkoop family history research.

    One final word about Richard Wynkoop's Genealogies; the information in them varies from edition to edition as one would expect. However, it is not always the case that the information in the latter editions is more accurate than the information in the earlier ones. A prime example of this is the material on Charles Shippen Wynkoop, #1222 in RWG3. As a result of my own extensive research, I can safely say that the most accurate information on him can be found in the 1866, 1878 and 1906 editions. In this case the 1904 edition is wildly inaccurate when it comes to this cousin of ours. You may find the same to be true for the family members you're researching. Don't pass the older editions by just because there is a more recent one available. If you haven't looked at all four of them, you haven't done your homework thoroughly.

    I believe that every single family holds at least one key to the great Wynkoop family puzzle. Things that are common knowledge in one family may not be known at all outside of your family circle. Help us to preserve this family legacy and share it with the rest of the Wynkoops. That one seemingly insignificant fact that your family knows may be the key to unlocking someone else's bottomless mystery. Let's pool our knowledge together for the common good.

    Chris


Died, Richard Wynkoop.
     From the New York Times, Sunday, 26 October 1913.

Obituary Notes, Richard Wynkoop.
     From the New York Times, Sunday, 26 October 1913.

RWG1 - Wynkoop Family; A Preliminary Genealogy.
    Richard Wynkoop's 1866 edition of the Wynkoop Genealogy.

RWG2 - Wynkoop Genealogy in the United States of America; Also a Table of Dutch Given Names.
    Richard Wynkoop's 1878 edition of the Wynkoop Genealogy.

RWG3 - Wynkoop Genealogy in the United States of America.
    Richard Wynkoop's 1904 edition of the Wynkoop Genealogy.

RWG4 - Wynkoop Genealogy Supplement, February 1906.
    Richard Wynkoop's unpublished(?) 1906 Supplement to the 1904 edition of the Wynkoop Genealogy.

The Wynkoops of Loudoun County, Virginia.
    Compiled by Mrs. Robert H. Brockhurst and published here with the permission of Teresa (Wynkoop) Mock.

The John Beatty Record Books
    John Beatty's Wynkoop and Beatty family genealogies.

General Davis's Wynkoop Family Notes
    Unpublished Wynkoop Family Notes.

The Wynkoop Family by Captain William Wynkoop
    A speech delivered May 27, 1902 to the Bucks County Historical Society.

The Wynkoop Family by Caroline Sellers Castle
    The Descendants of Caroline Wynkoop Divine, based on William Wynkoop's paper of the same name.

Wynkoop Family
    An undated and unsourced newspaper article probably from an upstate Pennsylvania Newspaper from the early 1900s.

The Lineage of the Clinton Family
    Including the descendants of Tjaatje Wynkoop Tappen, by Benjamin Meyer Brink.

Lineage of the Christian Meyer Family
    Compiled by Theodore B. Meyers.

The Wynkoop Line
    The ancestors of Sarah Minderson Wynkoop.

The Van Meteren's of Holland and America.
     by Amelia Clay Lewis Van Meter Rogers.

The Wyncoop, Morgan, Selby, Hamtramck Families.
     by Helen Boteler Pendleton.

An Outstanding Patriot of the Revolution.
     Compiled by Lila James Roney.

Wynkoop Genealogy in the United States of America, Compiled for 35 years by Gertrude Wynkoop Strom Averill of Hill City, Minnesota, Fourth Edition.
     The Descendants of Henry Clay and James Winder Wynkoop of Indiana.

Descendants of Major William and Benjamin Wynkoop.
     Of Chemung County, New York and parts west.

Random Notes Concerning Settlers of Dutch Descent: Part I.
     From The American Genealogist, April 1953.

Random Notes Concerning Settlers of Dutch Descent: Part II.
     From The American Genealogist, July 1953.

Random Notes Concerning Settlers of Dutch Descent: Part III.
     From The American Genealogist, January 1954.

Founder of Rubinkam Branch In Pennsylvania Unidentified.
     From the Washington Post, Sunday, 21 July, 1935.

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