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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 1701

Contributor Ted Snediker
Ted stresses that any errors in this are his own making, and he has tried to preserve the original spellings and punctuations. The column headings are Ingeschreven and Getrouwt
Transcribed from Trouw-Boek 1639 - 26 June 1702, Collegiate Church, New York City - Manhattan, records. New Brunswick NJ, Reformed Church in America (FHL microfilm 1927968).
[NB: Begins on p. 679 of Selyns records. Subsequent pages not numbered, but noted here by "Verte."]
    [The 1701 marriages are somewhat out of order and with numerous data elements missing.]
  • den 3 Jan. Johan Routdir [space left blank] en Catharina Corssen . met een licentie den 4 dicto.
  • den 9 dicto. Claes Pieterszen, Jm. van Hamburg en Catalina Andnes, Jd. van N. Yorck. beyde woonende alhier. den 5 Febr.
  • 1700. 18 dec. Willjam Laurier, [space left blank] en Abigail Persons. [Her place of birth and their residences not stated.] met een licentie den 20 Jan.
  • den 21 Febr. Jacob ten Eyck, Jm. van N. Yorck, en Neeltje Hardenberg, Jd. als boven. beyde woonende alhier. met een licentie den 25 Febr.
  • den 15 Mart. Claes Berger, Wedr. van [space left blank], Rebecca Bradt, Jd. van N. Yorck. beyde woonende alhier. met een licentie den 15 Mart
  • den 2 Mart. Johannes Provoost, Jm. [space left blank] en Sara Baely, Jd. den 25 dicto
  • den 2 dicto. John Daeyiy [space left blank] en Geertruyd Roomen. [places of birth and residence not listed] den 28 dicto.
  • den 21 dicto. Jan Stadt, Jm. van Boston, en Mary Fraest, wede. als boven. den 6 Apr.
  • den 28 dicto. John Horne, Jm. en Mary Herris, wede. van N. Albanien. den 2 dicto.
  • den 31 dicto. Jan Janszen van der Meer, Jm., en Lysbeth Holst, J.d. van N. Yorck. beyde woonende alhier. den 18 Apr.
  • den 18 Apr. Willem Sims, Jm. van N. Yorck, en Maryken Barryck, Jd. van N. Albanien [residence not stated] den 11 May.
  • den 12 dicto. Willem Douley?, Jm. uyt Yrlandt, en Catharina Stridler, Jd. van N. Albanien [residence not stated; no explanation of out of order entry] den 20 April.
  • den 25 dicto. Willjam Pembarton, Soldaedt, Wedr. van London, en Judith Thomas, Wede. van N. Yorck. beyde woonende alhier. den 11 May. met Att. van de fransche kke. Henry Monye, Jm. van Bordeaux, en Marianne Grassety, Jd. van Rochell. beyde woonende alhier. [in the Ingeschreven column: "with certificate from the French church" in lieu of date] den 30 Apr.
  • Eodem. Jacob Marius Groen, Jm. van Haeforecht?, en Maryken Salisbury, Jd. van N. Albanien. beyde woonende alhier. den 15 May.
  • den 7 May Eldert Willet, Jm. van Vlissingen, en Annatje van Varick, Jd. van N. Yorck. beyde woonende alhier. met een licentie den 13 May.
  • den 25 Apr. Elias Brevoor, Jm. van N. Haerlem, en Margrietje Jans, Jd. van N. Yorck. beyde woonende alhier. den 26 dicto.
  • den 2 May. Evert van Wagenum, Jm. in de Esopus, en Marritje van Heyinngen, Jd. van N. Yorck. getrouwt in de Esopus.
  • den 10 dicto. Johannes Corneliszen, Jm. van N. Haerlem, en Wyntie Dyckmans, J.d. van N. Albanien. getrouwt den 26 dicto tot N. Haerlem
  • den 16. dicto. Eduard Hassick, Jm. uyt Yrlandt, en Judith Jans, Jd. van N. Engolandt. beyde woonende alhier. [no date entered]
  • den 22 dicto. Henricus Courten, Jm. van N. Yorck, en Elisabeth de Riemer, Jd. van Meeuwis. beyde woonende alhier. met een licentie den 23 dicto.
  • den 6 Jun. Johannes Vreelandt, Jm. [space left blank] en Maria Beger. met een licentie den 8 Jun.
  • den 23 May. Abraham Provoost, Jm. van N. Albanien en Janneken Meyer, Jd. van N. Yorck, beyde woonende alhier. met een licentie den 27 May.
  • den 7 Jun. Abraham Replee, Jm. uyt oudt Ingolt. en Elisabeth Grandt, Jd. van Boston. Vertrocken en niet getrouwt. [Moved away and were not married.]
  • den 8 dicto. Jan Brieding, Jm. uyt Oudt Engolt, en Clara Bosy, Jd. van N. Albanien. den 26 Jun.
  • den [blank] dicto. Petrus Hardenbroeck, Jm. geboren ontrent Coulon, Catharina van der Poel, J.d. van N. Albanien. met een licentie den 21 Jun.
  • den 26 dicto. Pieter Bandt, [space left blank] en Mary van Hoyen. met een licentie den 28 dicto
    (verte - end of the first Trouw-Boek)

    The remainder of 1701, from the second Trouw-Boek, p. 557:

  • den 2 Augustus. Adriaan Quakkenbosch J.M. van N. Alb., met Annetje Cornelis, J.D. van N. Haarlem. getrouwt tot Haarlem den 22 August 1701.
  • den 12 Septemb.Matthys Smak J.M. van N. Uitrecht met Elisabeth Stevens Wed. van N. Yorck. [no date entered]
  • den 12 do. Jan Kuur J.M. van Englt. met Gerritje Gerritz J.D. van N. York. den 20 Sept.
  • den 3 October. Philp Delly, J.M. van Staaten Ylandt met Cornelia van Gelder, J.D. van N. Yorck. den 22 Octob.


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