So, meanwhile, how am I doing with my resolution? I have definitely put in my four hours worth... And to keep myself motivated, I am obviously going to use this blog. I think what I will do is post once a week, probably on the weekends. Each post will include some genealogy (of course) and a few tidbits, as well as a recipe (since in addition to genealogy, I am an amateur gourmet cook, if that makes any sense). Sometimes I will tie the recipe into the genealogical tidbit and sometimes not...
Over the last week, I accomplished two "big things" for the family history. The first is I found this really cool software that makes timelines, so I can superimpose an historical timeline (what was going on in the New Netherland area - uprisings, the "white whale" on the Hudson River near Beverwyck, whatever) against the events in each family's life. The software is called TimeLine3D and it was created by BeeDocs. It is really easy to use, has an educational discount (handy) and fairly flexible. The BeeDocs website obviously sells the software, but includes lots of ideas and some specifics on making the most of the program. Warning: I am a died in the wool Mac user, so Windows users - well, I don't know if they have it for Windows, if not eat your hearts out (did you know Macs - with help from programs like Parallels - can run windows programs but not vice versa?) TimeLine also might be useful for other things as well, and I have spent quite a bit of time "capturing" the historical events of the area.
The second thing I accomplished was to continue to polish my chapter on Pieter Stoutenburgh and Aefje van Tienhoven. Pieter worked for the Orphanmasters Court by becoming trustee of the assets of the children (he was trustee for the
orphans of Cleyn Claesi (aka Claes Martenszn/Claes Martenszen van Rosevelt) and Jannetje Tomas - the progenitors of the Roosevelts (and by the way, if you are related to Stoutenburgh, you also are related to the Roosevelts). One assumes he did a good job, given the wealth of that particular family.. i
Think that is all for today - talk to you next week.