The Albany Vandenbergh family represents a smaller part of a very very large (perhaps the most numerous New Netherland family) regional family group. Vandenberghs also were prominent in lower New York and New Jersey.
The family has several possible origins in the annals of New Netherland. Before 1700, family members often were known by their "patronymic" as "Gysbertse" or "Willemse" or "Gerritse" or "Claese!" After that, the spellings of the Vandenbergh name have varied widely/wildly.
Because of the possible multiple origins of the Vandenbergh family, those eventually known by the surname "Vandenbergh" were very numerous and widely encountered in the general region. However, because they were not exceptionally wealthy or well-connected, a smaller proportion inhabited the city of Albany.
By the 1720s, a number of family members had become residents of the farming community located at the Halfmoon.
In 1813, five Vandenbergh households were listed in the city directory. They were: Jack Vandenberg, 11 Van Tromp; John Vandenberg, grocer, 78 Quay; John Vandenberg, joiner, 7 Pearl; Richard Vandenberg, laborer, 23 Van Schaick; and widow Ann Vandenberg, at 50 Orange.
Numerous place and organization names across the country recall this early Albany family today.
Sources: This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. The most recent word among printed resources appears to be The van den Berghs in America. complied by D. Wade Stockman, Robert L. Grunwell, and Betsy S. Grunwell (privately published by Grunwell in 1994). We have yet to uncover a digital version of that work. Under evaluation are Internet resources which lead us backward in time in several directions. This "blogspot" presents a wealth of interesting material in narrative form. See also this online summary.
privately posted: 4/20/04; last revised 7/29/11