Peter Minuit bought the island of Manhattan in 1626. By 1630, it was a Dutch West India Company town with 270 inhabitants. Among the first Dutch families were the Van Gelders. Hugh VanGilder was descended from these roots. His descendants still live in and around Fort Wayne.
Link to biographical data for the Hugh and Blanche VanGilder family  
Fort Wayne has been a good place for VanGilders to settle and raise our families. We are blessed with the Reynolds Historical Genealogy Collection of the Allen County Public Library which is one of the largest repositories of family research materials in the world! We will be posting some of our findings on this site in the near future. Please contact us with your questions and share with us some of your stories and some of your family pictures.
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