walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

_Dear "Cousin"_, William Brower Bogardus

Subtitled: "A Charted Genealogy of the Descendants of Anneke Jans Bogardus (1605-1663) to the 5th Generation"

Printed by Penobscot Press, but the publisher is the "Anneke Jans and Evarardus Bogardus Descendants Association" of Wilmington, OH, which I suspect is the author and his wife.

Copyright 1996, the top level charts are available online. The book itself is sturdy and self-describes as "Printed on 60# acid-free paper". While in theory another edition of this will one day manifest down to the 7th generation, I, personally, will only believe it when my order has been fulfilled. My guess is that at some point in the distant future, something short of that will be published by someone other than the current author with a lot of apologies for the gaps that would be inevitable in such an outrageously huge undertaking. I sure hope I'm wrong.

According to Mr. Bogardus, when the lawsuit was still outstanding, there was a strong motivation to get more people in the group to help pay the legal costs, and a whole lot of lineages were invented, not out of whole cloth, but extra children were created to match up to lineages that got close. Bogardus expends a number of pages on these introduced errors.

I wanted this thing because it was becoming clearer and clearer to me that while someone (apparently this guy) had gone to a lot of detailed re-research to nail everything down, not all the old errors had been stamped out of existence (notably, people still repeating the non-Flekkeroy origin stories). I was mildly concerned that either R.'s or my line would turn out to be bogus and That Would Be Sad.

However! Our lineages are not bogus. Mine goes down to a Fonda; R.'s goes down to Peter Ceilo.

This isn't a full review, partly because it's not really a book one would read, however, a different review may follow when I read what text there is in greater detail.

Should you buy it? If you can find a copy. I paid slightly over $200 to the Goodwill of Pioneer Valley for mine. I don't think I would have had it in me to pay that much for a used book from the 1990s if I hadn't simultaneously felt like it was something of a gift to charity.
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