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Marriage Book of the Register of the Persons who are herin recorded, and who were married here or outside the city of New York from the 11th Dec. 1639

Source: The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record published 1890 and 1940


  • New York was New Amsterdam until 1674
  • Researchers in this time period should also familiarize themselves with common Dutch phrases used in Baptismal, Marriage and death records. The serious researcher will also need to be very familiar with Dutch naming systems and patronymics
  • Remarks within square brackets [ ], are Lorine's own notations and research. The names are for the most part, in patronymic form. The actual surname the family may have taken, would not have developed for some years. If known, I have indicated the family name which this individual or his/her descendants eventually took.
  • Remember that spelling was largely phonetic in this time period - and your ancestor may be found under a variety of names (patronymics) and spellings ..... so... be creative! In these early records the use of "Van" is not usually part of the surname, but is intended as "from" showing the place of origin of the individual.

Understanding these records:

From 27 August 1673 on, the first date is the date the parties registered their intent to marry. The last date is the date of the actual marriage. Example:

"den 3 May. Willem Heyer en Catalyntie Mol den 26 May"

"den 3 May" means Willem and Catalyntie registered on the 3 May of that year. "den 26 May" is the actual marriage date.

dicto means that entry occured in the same month as the preceeding entry (the one above it). If the preceeding entry also uses "dicto", keep reading up until you find a month. Example:

"den 3 May. Willem Heyer en Catalyntie Mol, j.d. Van N. Yorck, den 26 May"
"den 28 dicto. James Spencer en Maria Carlee met een licentie den 28 dicto."

Here we see that James Spencer and Maria Carlee registered their intent to marry on 28 May (as per the entry before theirs)

eodem means the entry occured on the same day as the one preceeding. Example: In the following three entries we see that Andries Holst registered his intent to marry on the same day as Francois de Fenne. Francois' entry uses "den 6 dicto" so we must read up to find the first preceeding entry with a month - and that is Delivery Stantely with the month of Sept. Thus Francois' entry is 6 Sept. as is Andries'.

"den 2 Sept. Delivery Stantely, en Engelje Boeckhout, Getrouwt den 2 Octob."
"den 6 dicto. Francois de Fenne, en Margareta Blanck, Getrouwt den 9 Octob."
"Eodem. Andries Holst, en Cornelia Van Tienhoven Getrouwt den 23 Septemb."

New Amsterdam (New York City) Reformed Dutch Church Marriages 1691

Contributor Christopher H. Wynkoop and Bob Hood
  • den 8 Apr. Abraham Gerritszen, j.m. Van N. Yorck, en Grietie Minnens Wede Van Harmen Douwwenszen, beyde wondende op Tappan. Met vertoog naar Tappan
  • den 10dict. Nicolaes Laschere, j.m. Van Kingstouwne, en Tryntie Slot, j. D. Van N. Yorck, d'Eerste wonende tot Kingstouwne en twede alheir. de 8 May.
  • den 7 May. Jacobus Van Cortlant, j.m. Van New Yorck, en Eva Phillips, j. D. Ut Supra, beyde wonende alheir. den 7 dicto. met een licentie.
  • den 8 dict. David Provoost Junio, j.m. Van New Yorck, Helena Byvanck, j.d. Van N. Albanien, beude wonende alheir. den 31 dicto.
  • den 29 dicto. Johannes Janszen Van Rommen, j.m., Van N. Yorck, en Anneken Pels, j.d., Van N. Yorck. beyde wonende alheir. den 26 Jun.
  • den 26 Jun. Joris Martenszen, j.m., Van de Walebocht, en Anneken Schouten, Wede Van Theunis Dey, d'Eerste wonende in de Walebocht en twede alheir. den 11 Aug.
  • den 22 Aug. Enoch Michielszen Vreelant, Wedr Van Dirckie Meyers, en Grietie Wessels, Wede Van Jan Janszen Langedyck, d'Eerste wonende em Pemrepogk, en twede alheir. den 16 Sept
  • den 28 dicto. Isaac Van Hoeck, Wedr Van Anna Populaer, en harmjtie Gerrits, Wede Van Thomas Hoeck, beyde wonende alheir. Den 13 dict.
  • den 5 Sept. Johannes Borger, j.m., Van N. Yorck, en Helena Turck, j.d., Van N. Yorck, beyde wonende alheir. den 2 Oct.
  • den 2 Oct. Thomas Lyndon, j.m., Van Oudt Engelt, en Debora de Meyert Weduwe Van Thomas Crundall, beyde wonende alheir. met een licentie Eodem.
  • den 3 dicto. Samuel Ver Plancken, j.m., Van N. Yorck, en Ariaentje Bayard, j.m., Van Bergen, beyde wonende tot N. Yorck. den 26 dicto.
  • den 8 dicto. Roelof Swartwout, Wedr, Van Eva Alberts, en Francyntie Andries, Wede Van Abraham Lubbertszen, d' Eerste wonende in de Esopus, en twede alhier. Met Vertoog naar Bergen.
  • den 24 Oct. Jan Abrahamszen, j. m. Van N. Yorke, en Sara Schouten, Wede Van Paulus Van der Beeck, beyde wonende alhier. den 26 Nov.
  • den 29 dict. Pieter Lucaszen, Vryen Neger, j. m. Van Cromesky, en Maryken Jans, Vreyen Negerin, j. d. op Stuyvesants bouwerye, beyde wonende alhier. den 18 Nov.
  • den 8 Novemb. Jan Theuniszen Van Tilburg, Wedr, Van Tryntie Pieters, en Ariaentie Thomas, Wede V. Ambrosius de Waron. beyde wonende alhier. den 24 dict.
  • den 14 dicto. Dirck Zlyck, Wedr V. Anna Jans, en Hendrickje Hendricks, j. d. Van Stuyvesants bouwerye, beyde wonende alhier. den 9 Dec.
  • den 27 dicto. Francis Bastiaenszen, Wedr Van Barbara Manuels, en Anna Mary Van Curacao, Wede V. Augustyn de Angola, beyde Vreye Negers de Eerste wonende over't Versche Water, en twede aan de groote Kill. den 26 Dec.
  • den 11 Dec. Abraham Abrahamszen, j. m. Van N. Yorck, en Jacomyntie Vilen, j. d. Van N. Albanien, beyde wonende alhier. 1692 den 1 Jan.
  • den 26 dicto. Hendrick Obee, Wedr, V. Keltie Claes, en Marritje Jans, Wede V. Willem Janszen, beyde wonende alhier. den 13 dicto.


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