Recent Submissions

  • Van Oudenhoven: Some New Ancestry of the Verveelen Family 

    Dobson, John Blythe (New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 2013)
    This article extends the Van Oudenhoven ancestry figuring in the author's 2015 publication "A note on the family of Thomas Chatfield, great-uncle of the three Chatfield brothers of Connecticut, and probable father-in-law ...
  • Van Dongen: a new name in the ancestry of the Verveelen family 

    Dobson, John Blythe (New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 2013-03)
    A power-of-attorney granted by the New Netherland colonist Daniel Verveelen in 1658 mentions his "great-grandmother Catharina Jans van Dongen." This article examines the question of whether she was the same as his known ...
  • On the Andrews Congruence for the Fibonacci Quotient 

    Dobson, John Blythe (Fibonacci Association, 2015-11)
    We show that a congruence discovered by George E. Andrews in 1969 for the Fibonacci quotient directly implies a simpler congruence found by Hugh C. Williams in 1991.
  • A matrix variation on Ramus's identity for lacunary sums of binomial coefficients 

    Dobson, John Blythe (International Journal of Mathematics and Computer Science / Lebanese University, Beirut, 2017-01)
    We study the well-known lacunary sums of binomial coefficients considered, most notably, by Christian Ramus, and their connection to a special kind of harmonic number associated with the first case of Fermat's Last Theorem. ...
  • On the origin of Herck Syboutsen, ancestor of the Kranckheyt family 

    Dobson, John Blythe (New Netherland Connections, 2007)
    Herck Syboutszen, of the "Poor Bowery," Newtown (now Elmhurst), Queens Co., Long Island, New York, was baptized 28 January 1620 in the Dutch Reformed Church, Langedijk, North Holland, Netherlands.
  • Some Erroneous Marriages in Bergen's Kings County 

    Dobson, John Blythe (New Netherland Connections, 2001)
    A number of alleged marriages in Teunis G. Bergen's Register ... of the early settlers of Kings County (1881) derive from the misreading of a single source, namely the seventeenth-century membership lists of the Flatbush ...
  • The parentage of Sir Justus Beck 

    Dobson, John Blythe (Notes & Queries / Oxford University Press, 2012-03)
    This note demonstrates that Sir Justus Beck (1679–1722), 1st Baronet, was baptized 8 November 1679 at Amsterdam, as Joost, son of Jacob George Beck and Margaretha de Smeth.
  • The Spurious Articles In Appleton's Cyclopaedia of American Biography -- Some New Discoveries and Considerations 

    Dobson, John Blythe (Biography / University of Hawaii Press, 1993)
    Appleton's Cyclopaedia of American Biography, published in six volumes between 1887 and 1889, is one of the most comprehensive biographical dictionaries for the New World ever published. Unfortunately, some contributor was ...
  • A Characterization of Wilson-Lerch Primes 

    Dobson, John Blythe (Integers, 2016-07)
    This note presents criteria in terms of Bernoulli numbers for a prime to be simultaneously a Wilson prime and a Lerch prime.
  • The Stoughtons of New England: Their alleged Elys-Notebeme ancestry 

    Dobson, John Blythe (Foundations / Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, 2003-01)
    An interesting descent from Thomas Elys, a late-fourteenth-century M.P. for Sandwich, is claimed for the precursors of the New England Stoughtons in the 1619-21 Visitation of Kent. However, evidence of telescoping in the ...
  • The fraudulent Coligny-Rapalje descent 

    Dobson, John Blythe (Annals of Genealogical Research, 2006)
    Jerome B. Holgate, in his American Genealogy (fictitiously dated 1848), derives the Rapalje family from an alleged Gaspard Colet de Rapalje "born in France, at Châtillon, sur Loire, in 1505." We suggest that this personage ...