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Janie Riley is an avid genealogist with a habit of stumbling on to dead bodies. She and her husband head to Salt Lake City Utah to research Janie's elusive 4th great-grandmother. But her search into the past leads her to a dark secret. Can she solve the mysteries of the past and the present before disaster strikes? Available now on Amazon.com and and Amazon.ca
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Janie Riley is an avid genealogist with a habit of stumbling on to dead bodies. She and her husband head to Salt Lake City Utah to research Janie's elusive 4th great-grandmother. But her search into the past leads her to a dark secret. Can she solve the mysteries of the past and the present before disaster strikes? Available now on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca

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VAN SLYKE BIBLE 1729 in NEW YORK

The following pictures are from the Van Slyke Bible that was recently auctioned off on e-Bay. The successful bidder phoned me and after a lengthy chat, he drove up from the States to visit me here in Northern Ontario. What a great time we had! Of course he brought the Bible with him and we eagerly went through it page by page. Beautiful engravings (100 or more) fill its pages, and you can easily imagine how impressive it must have been for the Van Slyke family to gather around.

The publication date of the Bible is 1729, but the first genealogical entry that remains is dated 1794 and written by Adrian C. Van Slyke. Adrian's baptism record is found in Schenectady Reformed Dutch Church on February 07, 1779. He was 15 years old in 1793 and his handwriting (as you can see from the photos) is beautiful. He went on to become a lawyer, and we suspect that his father asked him to sit down and record the family events on the day the Bible was purchased.

Adrian's parents were Cornelis Van Slyke and Elizabeth Yates, and the Bible entries on one page start with the birth of Cornelis in 1744 and his marriage to Elizabeth.

But first let me tell you about my two books on the Van Slyke family!

The Van Slyke Family in America: A Genealogy of Cornelise Antonissen Van Slyke, 1604-1676 and his Mohawk Wife Ots-Toch, including the story of Jacques Hertel, 1603-1651, Father of Ots-Toch and Interpreter to Samuel de Champlain REVISED EDITION Coil bound 8.5x11. 287 p., discusses Cornelise Antonissen Van Slyke born in Brueckelen, Netherlands in 1604 and his Mohawk-French wife Ots-Toch born ca 1620 at Canajoharie, New York. Cornelis came to the New World in May of 1634, settling at Beverwyck and then Schenectady, New York. Cornelis was known by several names, making research on him somewhat complicated, but not impossible.

My first book on the family was published in 1996. I found the story of Cornelis and Ots-Toch so compelling that in 1993 I decided to write a book on them. I wanted to trace Ots-Toch's lineage as far as possible, and try to prove which, if either, of the two stories of her parentage was correct. I wanted to know my ancestors as real people - the times they lived in, the neighbours they had, their friends and other relatives, events in their lives, what they wore, and any details I could find to put flesh on the bones. My first book is now out of print but my revised edition is now available!

In the Revised Edition, new findings on the Van Slyke family in Breuckelen are revealed. New facts are added to the descendant genealogies and a few errors from the first book are corrected. More sources have been added and there is more detail about individuals included. There are 1,342 footnoted sources for the facts contained in this 287 page book.

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New Netherland Settlers: Willem Pieterse Van Slyke aka Neef - A genealogy to five generations of the descendants of Willem Pieterse Van Slyke who settled in New Netherland (New York) in 1660 is my second book on the Van Slyke family. As of February 2005 it is available for sale.

Cornelise's nephew Willem Pieterse Van Slyke and his descendants were briefly discussed in my first book on the Van Slyke family "The Van Slyke Family in America: A Genealogy of Cornelis Anotnissen Van Slyke, 1604-1676 and his Mohawk wife Ots-Toch, including the story of Jacques Hertel, 1603-1651, Father of Ots-Toch and Interpreter to Samuel de Champlain". In the years that followed, I realized it was time to give Willem a book of his own.

New Netherland Settlers: Willem Pieterse Van Slyke aka Willem Neef: A genealogy to 5 generations of the descendants of Willem Pieterse Van Slyke (Volume 10)

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Now let's take a look at the Bible itself. It weighs 19 pounds, and measures 18 inches by 10 1/2 inches, being 5 1/2 inches in depth. Ornamental brass fittings are seen in each corner and a close inspection reveals where two clasps held the front and back covers together. These were most likely brass to match the cover corners.

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