The tail of two genealogies. It may have started with an english norm. Apparently, when the dutch came to the new world, they came equiped with first names only. The English, being organizers and catalogers demanded that they pic a last name. Some chose the place that they hailed from, some chose Mynderse. As I start my research anew I find that Minderse, Mynderse, McMinderse, and McMynderse are very interchangable in 1700 New York. So my search continues.
My DNA is Norse, Holland, Dutch. My bretheren’s DNA is German. Both passing through Europe on the way to the new world. I have searched for a McMindes for decades. Now begins my search for a Mindes. The tantelizing information in the 1790 Federal Census records shows both name intermingling in New York interchangably. And thus I start my new journey to find my Mynderse bretheren.