Here you will find copies of published and unpublished Wynkoop Genealogies and family traditions culled from a variety of sources including libraries and private collections as well as Historical Societies and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 [email protected].
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whether it be one as well regarded as Richard Wynkoop's or Verna Brockhurst's or a family tradition that has remained unpublished for generations.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:
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 [email protected]. 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.
Died, Richard Wynkoop.
Obituary Notes, Richard Wynkoop.
RWG1 - Wynkoop Family; A Preliminary Genealogy.
RWG2 - Wynkoop Genealogy in the United States of America; Also a Table of Dutch Given Names.
RWG3 - Wynkoop Genealogy in the United States of America.
RWG4 - Wynkoop Genealogy Supplement, February 1906.
The Wynkoops of Loudoun County, Virginia.
The John Beatty Record Books
General Davis's Wynkoop Family Notes
The Wynkoop Family by Captain William Wynkoop
The Wynkoop Family by Caroline Sellers Castle
The Lineage of the Clinton Family
Lineage of the Christian Meyer Family
The Wynkoop Line
The Van Meteren's of Holland and America.
The Wyncoop, Morgan, Selby, Hamtramck Families.
An Outstanding Patriot of the Revolution.
Wynkoop Genealogy in the United States of America, Compiled for 35 years by Gertrude Wynkoop Strom Averill of Hill City, Minnesota, Fourth Edition.
Descendants of Major William and Benjamin Wynkoop.
Random Notes Concerning Settlers of Dutch Descent: Part I.
Random Notes Concerning Settlers of Dutch Descent: Part II.
Random Notes Concerning Settlers of Dutch Descent: Part III.
Founder of Rubinkam Branch In Pennsylvania Unidentified.
Created December 24, 1998; Revised May 6, 2006
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