Process Sunday, Nov 25 2007 

I am a process oriented person. My best thoughts on approaching the blog is to break it out like this:

Phase I: Brainstorming (this is most of the work to date which is a collection of artifacts that I have found)

Phase II: Current State Documentation (this is capturing of facts that I have to work backwards)

Phase III: Gaps (this will be the researching of missing information and connections)

Phase IV: Living Documentation (this will be the hope of finding a structure that encourages updates and living history to be captured for future generations)

Hopefully this works. My belief is that using an open forum like this encourages collaboration and contribution of stories, pictures, facts, information, etc. This will create something that our kids can have and reference for years.


Harry Van Antwerp Family Reunion 2008 Wednesday, Nov 7 2007 

I haven’t talked to them yet, but I found this posted.  Perhaps all from the same tree.  Not sure.

Van Antwerp in Healthcare Wednesday, Nov 7 2007 

William Van Antwerp, currently BioValve’s Chief Scientific Officer of Medical Technology, is among those joining the Valeritas management team. Mr. Van Antwerp has over 20 years experience with insulin pump leader MiniMed, and most recently served as Chief Scientific Officer at Medtronic-MiniMed.

Van Antwerpt – Related Saturday, Nov 3 2007 

I found several references tonight to people talking interchangeably about “Van Antwerpt” and “Van Antwerp”.  I already knew about “Van Antwerpen” so maybe there is more to search under.

Old Photo Friday, Nov 2 2007 

elmer-van-antwerp.jpgI found this old photo here.

C.M. Van Antwerp (circled on right) and Elmer Van Antwerp (circled on left) with other loggers at a circa 1910 steam-powered sawmill.

It is on a website by a Van Antwerp that makes interesting looking wood fans.

George Sr. Turns 80 Friday, Nov 2 2007 

This weekend is my father’s birthday.  He turns 80 years old.  He is one of 11 children.  Should be a exciting party.

A book by a Van Antwerp Tuesday, Oct 30 2007 

I found this book published by a Marchel Van Antwerp.

 “It is a journey that doesn’t leave them unscathed, but through faith they prevail. They emerge on the better side of justice bleeding, but not broken—Bloody but Unbowed. “


Van Antwerp Building Poster Sunday, Oct 28 2007 

Here is what appears to be a poster of a Van Antwerp building.


Get Updates Via E-mail Saturday, Oct 27 2007 

If you’re interested, I just added an option on the sidebar to get updates via e-mail.  Every time I add a story (or get one from you to add) it will blast out an e-mail.

This will also allow us to create a good distribution list for the family.  (Easier to maintain then everyone having their own.)

Is there a Van Antwerp coat of arms? Saturday, Oct 27 2007 

Someone asked this the other day.  I am not sure if there is an “official” coat of arms.  I have seen one over the years, but I also heard that it was created not original from the old world. 

In a quick Google search, I found the following mention: (the link to the Clute family is interesting since I have never heard this before)

Through intermarriage the Van Antwerps of Troy belong to what is believed by many genealogists to be one of the very oldest families in existence, the Clute. They are said to descend from Canute, King of Denmark, who conquered England. King Canute (Danish Knute) was born in 995 A.D., conquered England 1015, and eventually Norway 1031. His conquest of England was over the Saxon King Ethelred and his son Edmund, “Ironsides.” Descendants of King Canute settled in Holland, and about 1645 came to America, the name passing through several changes until it reached the form now in use, Clute. The family coat-of-arms (obtained from Holland) is a shield with three crowns denoting the three crowns he wore, Denmark, England and Norway, a boar rampant, denoting his warlike character. The motto beneath meaning “Famous.” This coat-of-arms may also be found on a stained glass window of the Dutch church at Schenectady, New York.

[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 972-975 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45. Some of the formatting of the original, especially in lists of descendants, may have been altered slightly for ease of reading.]

Van Antwerp Discussion Thread Saturday, Oct 27 2007 

I will have to go out and pull some of this information, but for now, I will simply point out the site.  There is a discussion thread on the name off of  You can get to it here.

Van Antwerp Books Saturday, Oct 6 2007 

When my dad retired, he wrote 4 books.  One is a book on the Van Antwerp history that is based on fact, but it takes some liberties.  The other three were books about his life growing up as one of 11 kids; serving as a catholic priest; and as a father of three. 

Van Antwerp Pottery Saturday, Oct 6 2007 

Interestingly, I believe my father spoke with the owners of this company that aren’t related to the Van Antwerps at all.  But, their pottery is nice – Van Antwerp Pottery.