William Henry Roll

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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them. --Laurence Binyon,"Ode of Remembrance"

I have gathered a posie of other men's flowers, and nothing but the string that binds them is mine own. --Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Documenting your family history is a lifelong pursuit, a task of pleasure and research that is never completely finished.

Not to know one's ancestors, is to be a tree without roots, a stream without a source. --Kung-fut-se

The wind whispers through the trees, recalling words and dreams and memories of those who left us long ago. --Unknown

St. Basil of Caesarea, born about 330 A.D., said, "A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love."


This website was created the old-fashioned way; it has been hand coded.

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De Nieu Nederlanse Marcurius: (PDF, free) The quarterly newsletter edited by The New Netherland Research Center (NNRC) Director Dr. Charles Gehring. Only a four page quarterly newsletter, but it contains interesting articles. One article in Vol. 27, No. 1, Mar. 2011, on pages 3-4 is titled Totidem Verbis Out of the Ashes: A.J.F. van Laer and the 1911 Fire by Peter A. Douglas. It tells about how the New York State Library, then in the Capitol, burned, and with it some half a million books and 300,000 manuscripts, among them priceless colonial documents, and the remarkable effort to recover valuable colonial documents led by van Laer and others.

New Netherland Connections. (PDF, annual membership fee)

New Netherland Connections: (PDF, membership fee) The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) have indexed digital images of this periodical. All issues of the eleven year run of the publication, from 1996 to 2006, are viewable. You must be an NEHGS member to access their databases.

New Netherland Connections: (PDF, free) Partial run. Type in "New Netherland Connections" as search term. You can also do a full text search if you add key words to that search term.

de Halve Maen: (PDF, annual subscription) Magazine of the Dutch Colonial Period in America. Since 1922, the Holland Society of New York has published the quarterly journal de Halve Maen. It serves as a vehicle for new research illuminating the Dutch contribution to American history, and includes essays on various aspects of New Netherland material culture, such as agriculture, architecture, silversmithing, and the decorative arts.