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About Van Giesen Family Tree
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My ancestral quest began in 1999 when I became curious about my  roots.  What started as a curiosity has now become an obsession but I believe a  worthwhile journey.

You may contact me for any information but much of what 
 I have learned has been posted by amateur genealogists such as myself  and ought not be used unless confirmed.

This Ancestral Chart has only just begun and will probably never be  through. If you see a correction that needs made do not hesitate to contact  me.

Areas of interest:

Donegal, Ulster Ireland

Dunclug, Ballymena, Antrim, Ireland

Irish Creek, Lawrence County Virginia

Rehobeth, Bristol, Massachusetts

Wyndham, Connecticut

Belfast, Ireland

Pennsylvania > Venango County, Armstrong County, McKean County, Allegheny 


Ohio > Columbiana County, Muskingham County 
 New Jersey > Essex, Salem, Bergen, Montclair, Passaic, Ackquackanock, Totowa,  

Kentucky > Lawrence County

Virginia > Johnson County

New York > Duchess County, Chautauqua County

Germany > Thierstein, Ober Franken, Bavaria

Netherlands > North Brabant, Giessen

My father's line of Van Giesen's, namely Reynier Bastiensen van Giesen is first  mentioned around the year 1640 in Flatbush, NY. He was one of the first  recorded school masters and was named in later history as Voorleezer.

Reynier Bastiaensen van Giesen arrived from Holland and the name van Giesen is  Teutonic. An exact date is not known to me about his point of arrival in New  Amsterdam.

My Burchett line point of entry is latter part of 1600s, Virginia.  Captain  Burchett brought indentured and slaves to Virginia.  He then decided to bring  his family from England and settle.

Am still searching for a record of the Chaffin line to Virginia.  Had  much help on these lines by a dear Cousin who has not given me one bit of  information that hasn't come directly from the source and been proven.

Glenda P. Chaffin Doutt has worked these Virginia lines for 40 years and has  traveled extensively to prove these lines without a shadow of a doubt.

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Getting Around
There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Do you know who your second cousins are? Try the Kinship Relationships Tool. Your site can generate various Reports for each name in your family tree. You can select a name from the list on the top-right menu bar.

In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.

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