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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 1656

Contributor Liz DuBois
  • 12 Januar. Huybert Hendrickszen Van Rodenkerchen, in't Stift Colen, en Marritjen Hendricks Van Norden, in Oost Vrieslt.
  • 4 Febr. Adriaen Hendrickszen Sips, Van Breda, en Grietje Warnarts Van Schonevelt.
  • 2 Mart. Ellert Engelbertszen, Van Eland in Oost Vrieslt, en Sara Waacker, Van Baston.
  • 3 dicto. Jan Widelte, Van Condom in Vranckryck, en Jannetje Jaspers, Van Amsterdam.
  • 14 dicto. Matthys Muller, Van Diedenhoven, en Anneken Pieters, Van Amsterdam.
  • 25 dicto. Francoys Soly, Van Dora in Britannie, en Rose Nielle, Van Rochell, Wede. Van Stephanus Suget.
  • Eodem. Allard Anthony, Van Amsterdam, en Henrica Wessels, Van Uytrecht. Getrouwt den 12 April.*
  • 5 April. Claes Thyssen, Van Amsterdam, en Agnietje Stryckers, Van Dwinglo in Drenth.
  • 24 dicto Tjerck Claeszen de With, Van Grootholt in Zunderlandt, en Barber Andrieszen, Van Amsterdam.
  • 20 May. Thomas Franszen Van Briston, en Elsje Jans, Wede Van Barent Andrieszen.
  • 25 dicto. Severyn Laurenszen, Van Rootsisil, in Deenmarcken, en Tryntje Reynderts, Wede. Van Arent Teemszen.
  • 20 Jul. Fredrick Arentszen, Van Swartensluys, en Grietje Pieters, Van Breda.
  • 5 August. Pieter Corneliszen, Van Warbeer in Deenmarcken, en Briell Oule, Van Gottenburg in Sweden.
  • Eodem. Meynert Fredrickszen, Van Jeven, en Catharyn Burcharts, Van N. Amsterdam.
  • 9 Sept. Simon Fell, Van Diepen in Vranckryck, en Anneken Vincent, Van Amsterdam.
  • Eodem. Christoffel Crioell, Van St. Thomas, en Maria Angola, Wede. Van Gerasy Angola.
  • 30 dicto. Hendrick Van Bommel, en Rachel Detrien, Van Amsterd. in N. Nederlt.
  • 5 Octob. Andries Claeszen, Wedr. Van Agnietie Anthonis, en Marritje Jans, Van Amsterdam.
  • 7 dicto. William Couck, Van Scharetz-Stryt in Engelt en Sara Pieters, Wede Van Jan Janszen Schepmoes.
  • 14 dicto. Nicolaes Verlet, Wedr Van Susanna Jillis, en Anna Stuyvesants, Wede Van Samuel Bayarts.
  • 21 dicto. Abraham Lubberts, Van Amsterdam, en Francyntie Andries, Van Amsterdam.
  • 5 Nov. Mattheus de Vos, Wedr Van Anna Peters, en Maria Pollet, Wede Van Philip Gerar.
  • 11 Nov. Claes Janszen Van Purmesendt, en Anneken Cornelis, Van Voorst.
  • 18 dicto. Albert Leonards, Van Amsterdam en Ariaentje Corn. Trommels, Wede Van Corn Claeszen Swits.
  • 1 Decemb. Abraham Kermer, Van Hamburg, en Metje Davids, Van Aernhem.
  • 31 dicto. Claes Pieterszen Cos, Wedr Van Neel Ebgels, en Grietje Maes, Wede Van Claes Thomaszen.

*: Married the 12th. of April


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