I am seeking ANY information on the ancestors of Joris Dircksen Brinckerhoff, b. c1604 Vorden, Gelderland, and imigrated to New Netherlands in 1640. Would like to trace my ancestry further back than 1604 and need help from someone living in the Vorden area, or from a Brinkerhoff relative. All information, even without dates or records is welcome. Would also like to know what life was like in 1620-30's that would cause my ancestor to imigrate...search for religious freedom...zeal for missionary work...encouragement by the Dutch West India Company? The family was granted a crest and knighthood in 1307...who was given that honor? Was the family well-to-do from 1307-1600? Thanks for your help.
John Brinkerhoff-Moore, Orlando, Florida, USA.