The Falkenburgs of the Shenandoah Valley


Yes, I know it has been a long time since a new blog article was posted.  I hope this new posting will make up for that.  Here is a little background.  This has been the most difficult topic I have ever researched and written including work done for my two graduate degrees, and it has taken 11 months.  What you will read is the heritage of every single Fortenberry, Falconberry, and Falkenberry (regardless of spelling) who can trace their ancestry to anyone of this name living in the South before the Civil War or Revolutionary War.   That is a lot of people!  I wanted this work to be contained in one document; consequently, it is very long (72 slides and 87 endnotes).  Feel free to print it and read at your leisure!  Take it to your Thanksgiving celebration and share it!  Let me know what you think!

The article, “Falkenburgs of the Shenandoah Valley,” can be found in the Blogroll list on the right.  When it opens as a PDF, locate a small symbol with arrows pointing in four directions.  Please choose this option to go to full screen per slide.  This will allow you to read a full slide at a time like in a PowerPoint using page up/page down or arrow keys.  Enjoy!


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jeanette Simpson
    Nov 21, 2016 @ 18:45:46

    Glad to connect to your update. My mother was Elmise Fortenberry Wallace, her father William Eslie Fortenberry. Our first cousins are staying in touch as possible, but they are passing so very fast. I have your book ” The Fortenberry Families of Southern Mississippi”. I have cousins who don’t have copies and wonder if there are any still available? Thank you so much.


  2. Catherine B Holland
    Nov 24, 2016 @ 00:06:32

    This was AWESOME. Thank you so much for sharing. i descended from William Jasper > Gashua Chapman > William Franklin> Joseph Gazie > my grandmother Maude Fortenberry> Evelyn . then Catherine. I went to the Fortenberry reunion in 1981 at Percy Quin. I appreciate your family/s work on this project.


  3. Catherine B Holland
    Nov 25, 2016 @ 12:31:34

    Question: When looking at the Origins site, there is a diagram that indicates that Lambert van Valkenberg’s sons anme was Hendrick Jacobs Falkenberg I was not sure how that change was made. Maybe i need to read the site??? Your blog is my first To join do I just check the notification box for emails???


  4. Rich Baxter
    Mar 15, 2017 @ 18:19:30

    HI there, I am apparently related to the Sinnex family from Delaware in the 1600’s that goes back to Broer Sinnexson – my gedmatch # is A926159 for DNA – if you are a member of that? I’d like to find a DNA match back that far.


  5. Sandra Falkenberry Leigh
    May 23, 2017 @ 19:38:26

    I can’t thank you enough for your work. Mine are Faulkenberrys from north Alabama so I am not one of the Mississippi Fortenberrys. But since we all are cousins from way back, your work helps me and is totally fascinating. Bless you.


  6. Baxter Birch
    Jan 04, 2019 @ 13:05:03

    I’m sorry for the randomness of this response but I was reading your Port Hudson PDF and am seeking information on Wingfield’s Calvary as my great-great-granfather, William D. Birch of St. Helena, served with for about five months in 1862. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    Baxter Birch
    Greenwell Springs, LA


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