The Ryker-Riker Historical Society, Inc.
|The families RYKER
and RIKER have been well researched back to
1638, when the first Ryker-Riker ancestor to set foot in America, ABRAHAM RYCKEN,
emigrated from Holland and settled in New Amsterdam (present-day New York
City) with his wife, GRIETIE HARMENSEN. It must be noted that
RYCKEN is not truly a surname, but rather the possessive form of RYCK, which is one of the Dutch equivalents of our English
Family History At A Glance
When the Hollanders rebelled against the yoke of Spain in the early 17th
century, the RYCHENS suffered for their patriotism and a cadet from their house, Abraham,
sought to retrieve his fortune in the New World. Once in the new world, the Ryker clan
prospered and grew in numbers, among whom were children Ryck Abrahamsen (who adopted the
surname Lent), Jacobus, Marytje [Mary], Jan [John], Aeltje
[Aletta], Abraham, Jr, and Hendrick. Most of these children were baptized in Fort
Amsterdam and were members of the Dutch Church. Two sons died in infancy, but the
surviving children grew and raised families of their own.
The purpose of this website is to help RYKER-RIKER researchers trace their ancestry and to facilitate their interaction with others having similar interests.
Here you will find such things as indexes to the most recent issues of the Society's quarterly newsletter, The Ryker/Riker Register, a list of useful reference books and repositories, contact persons for the Society, events of interest, and useful links to other websites.
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[This page last updated 08/08/07]