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Updated November 18, 2000

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At the left you will find hyperlinks which will take you to various websites. If, for instance, you would like to leave a message about your Bradt (or other) ancestral lines all you need to do is click the GenForum Message Boards, type in the name you are searching and click on "find". And, if you wish to search for the various Bradt (or other) Family Home Pages you can click that link or Search Family Home Pages, and type in the surname. You also have the opportunity to Create a Home Page of your own, which you may then link back to this Bradt Family Society page, if you like.

Explore the various options in the "Community" section, including the Family Finder boxes beside the trunk, where you can type any name and click GO!

I hope you will find this newly re-designed site helpful in your genealogical research. Happy Hunting!!Robert A. Rowe, Webmaster

THE BRADT FAMILY SOCIETY is a new family organization. It was formed when sixteen Bradt family members (and spouses) met at the Desmond Motel in Colonie, New York, and in three hours formalized the formation of the Society from a draft Constitution proposed by Kenneth Bradt. Ken Bradt has been one of the primary leaders of the Bradt Family association for many years, and was the co-editor (with his wife, Thelma) of the BRADT FAMILY NEWS, a publication which appeared three times a year. The NEWS contained articles and genealogical data and pictures concerning the history and activities of the Bradt family. Three major family reunions have been held at the Desmond over the past fifteen years, and a trip to Holland and Norway took sixty-six Bradt family members to the hometown of the brothers, Albert and Arent Andriessen Bradt.

Click the hypertext Oudekerk (below) and see the church in Amsterdam, Holland where Albert Andriessen (Bradt) was married.

Douglas Detling, a "Brott/Bradt" descendant, has a web page at:

In his page (modified and updated by Robert Rowe) Doug says:

"The foremost source of information about the Bradt/Brott family name is Cynthia Brott Biasca's 1991 book Descendants of Albert and Arent Andriessen Bradt, which is available from Higginson Book Co. Cynthia published her Supplement to the Bradt Book in 1993, which is available directly from her. Cynthia's e-mail address is

"Laurie M. Grimes has assumed Cynthia's duties to maintain the descendants' data base. She's reachable via e-mail at Another resource is Daniel P. Bradt, the archivist, who's reachable at

"Ken Bradt, who published the BRADT FAMILY NEWS for a number of years, was elected President of the Bradt Family Society. Ken can be reached at or you can write for a subscription to Bradt Family News to the new editors, Richard and Barbara Bratt or their
mailing address: 3984 Stetson Circle, Syracuse, NY 13215.

"You can also join the Bradt-L and Brott-L mailing lists at There are no charges to use these lists. Add the word "subscribe" without the quotes to the body of the message and turn off your signature line when your e-mail program comes up in the links that follow:

"Join the Bradt-L mailing list
Join the Brott-L mailing list

"Some sources:
1. Scandanavian Immigrants to New York 1630-1674 by John O. Evjen. 1916
2. Bradt: A Norwegian Family in Colonial America by Peter R. Christoph
3. Bradt Records From Amsterdam contributed by Robert G. Cooney Jr in The New York Genealogical & Biographical Record Vol. 118 Number 3 July 1987
4. Origins of Some New Netherland Families by Harry Macy Jr. in The New York Genealogical & Biographical Record Vol. 123 Number 1 January 1992
5. Origins of Some New Net

Family Trees (viewing trees requires 4.0 or later browser)
  • First generations of descendants of Andries (208 KB)
    This is a brief outline of the first three generations of the descendants of Andries and Eva, assumed parents of Albert and Arent Andriessen Bradt. Additions will be made periodically. In the "Instructions", where it says: "Type F" or "Type D" it may be necessary to hold down "Alt" at the same time you type F or D, after you have clicked once within the colored box in which the name appears.
Family Photos
  • The Normanskill Falls (193 KB)
    "Here the Bradt family settled in 1637 and established a sawmill and tobacco plantation. Children and grandchildren operated the mill until at least 1716. Nineteenth century engraving (courtesy, New York State Library, Albany)."
  • Albert Bradt's Saw Mill (269 KB)
    This beautiful rendering of what Len Tantillo assumes to be a close representation of the saw mill built on the Normanskill by Albert Bradt shortly after he settled there. Len is a renowned artist who "reconstructs" historic sites and events from written accounts and other documented sources. (Picture link generously supplied by Mr. Tantillo)
  • Statue of Martin Luther in Friederikstad (39 KB)
    Albert Andriessen Bradt "arrived here in 1637, and he is the earliest settler of Albany who can be positively identified as a Lutheran." (SWAN OF ALBANY A History of the Oldest Congregation of the Lutheran Church in America, Henry Heins, 1976, p. 5)
  • Cover of Joan Bradt Wood's book. (245 KB)
    JOURNEY TO A NEW LAND, THE BRADT FAMILY IN HISTORY, by Joan Bradt Wood, comes as a welcome addition to the Bradt family genealogical research. Joan wrote it from the historical perspective of placing the Bradt family in the times and places in which they lived, from their origin in Norway to their temporary home in Amsterdam, Holland, to their arrival in "the new world" in 1637, and to the early years in this new world.
  • Frans Banning Cocq (87 KB)
    Frans Banning Cocq is the central figure in the Rembrandt painting, popularly known as "Night Watch." Barent Barentsen, the brother of Annatie Barents, Albert Bradt's wife, appeared before Cocq, who was an official in Amsterdam, and declared his intentions to be married.
  • The Oude Kerk at the end of the Damrak (91 KB)
    The Oude Kerk (Old Church), on the west side of Oudezijds Voorburgwal, is the oldest church in Amsterdam. A small church existed on this site as early as the 13th century. The Gothic church tower dates from 1306, but most of the rest of this building was added or rebuilt in the 16th century. The 210 foot wooden steeple was added in 1566 and the interior has been altered many times.
  • A vital document in the Albert Bradt record. (38 KB)
    This document establishes the place of origin of Albert Bradt's wife, Annetie Baerents. The early translator of the document translated her home as "Oudenbrath" but should have read: Oudebroek, or in German "Altenbruch", from which she and her mother, Gessel Baerens (who "assisted" her daughter, and also came to "America"), came. The document also names the uncle of Albert Bradt, Lourens Pieters, who assisted Albert. Albert signed the document while Annetie merely made her mark. Both Albert and Annetie are recorded as being 24 years of age on 27 March 1632.
  • Another important Bradt family document. (136 KB)
    This document is the the first statement of "intent to marry" by Barent Barentson, brother of Albert Bradt's wife. Barent, whose signature appears at the bottom of the document, was "attended" by his mother, Geesgen Baerents (who also came to America). Barent appeared before the Amsterdam official, Frans Banning Cocq (Cock)on 21 August 1632. Frans Banning Cocq is the central figure in Rembrandt's painting, called "Night Watch."
  • The Night Watch (11 KB)
    Rembrandt's painting, showing Frans Banning Cocq as the central figure.
  • Gamle Kirken, Glemmen, Fredrikstad, Norway (94 KB)
    This church, a protion of which was built prior to the year,1200, may have been the home church for the "Bradt" family, and may be the church in which Albert and Arent Andriessen "Bradt" were baptized. The cemetery contains stones with the name "Andreasson" inscribed on them. (Most of the stones are from the last century.)
  • Bradt Family members at Gamle Kirken (85 KB)
    This photograph was taken at the Gamle Kirken (old church), Glemmen, Fredrickstad, Norway, of the Bradt family members who traveled there in July, 1998.
  • King Fredrik II (31 KB)
    A statue of King Fredrik II for whom the birthplace of Albert and Arent Bradt, Fredrickstad, was named when it was founded in 1567.
  • Part of the Bradt Family Planning group (26 KB)
    Four members of the group which organized the BRADT FAMILY SOCIETY, from left, Charles Boylen, Ken Bradt, Richard and Barbara Bratt.The Desmond, Sept. 17, 2000.
  • Town sign at the entrance of Fredrikstad, Norway (41 KB)
    Fredrikstad, formed in 1567, is the birthplace of the Bradt brothers.
  • Frans Banning Cocq (107 KB)
    Another portrait of Frans Banning Cocq.
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