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Dear Richard; thanks for the most interesting post in reply to my message. I'm not surprised to hear of your opinion of Gene Van Sickle's research, as I was often in receipt of one of his mailings. It is interesting to know that there is one document from Amsterdam, because I didn't even know about that. As to the claims about castles in Ghent, I've always regarded them skeptically; I do like to see some documentation. I'm not a geneologist myself, but am very interested in the family history. I was instrumental in finding an original copy of the Van Sickle history in Madison, SD, in about 1965, but others then were able to persuade the owner to allow a reprint. You mentioned Bergen's "Early Settlers of Kings County", which I have not seen. Have you seen "Famous Families of New York: by Hamm, pub. in 1902? Georgiana Van Sycklen has mentioned it to me as containing some information, but I have not seen it. My descent is from Peter/Cornelius/Isaiah/Volney/Bert/ according to the book, and I am interested in the Ohio/Minnesota/South Dakota connections. I admire those who do the labor time and money intensive modern geneologies. Thanks again for your information.