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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 1663

Contributor Liz DuBois
  • 2 Febr. Pieter Janszen, j. m. Van Amsterdam, op N. Haerlem, en Marritje Jacobs, j. d. Van Hoorn, op Hasymes.
  • 10 dicto. Alexander Stilteel, j. m. Van Duynkercken, en Maria Burchhardts, j. d. Van Amsterd. in N. Nederlt.
  • 18 Mart. Jacob Leysler, j. m. Van Franckfort, en Elsje Tymens, Wede. Van Pieter Van der Veen (getrouwt den 11 April, 1663).
  • Eodem. Fredrick Gysbertszen Van den Berge, Wedr. Van Pleuntie Gysberts, en Marritje Lubberts, Wede. Van Abraham La Noye.
  • 31 Mart. Marten Hoffman Van Revel, en Lysbeth Hermans, Van Oetmarsen in Overyssel.
  • 6 April. Willem Van der Schuuren, Soldaet, j. m. Van Loven, en Grietje Plettenburg, Wede. Van Jan Doreth.
  • 28 dicto. Pieter Suncam, j. m. Van Oye, en Debora Jans, j. d. Van Batavia.
  • 3 May. Adriaen Huybertszen, Wedr. Van Judith Roberts, en Thysje Gerrits, Wede. Van Willem Pieterszen.
  • 4 dicto. Joost Adriaenszen, j. m. Van Pynacker, en Femmetje Hendricks, j. d. Van Meppel.
  • Eodem. Jan ter Bosch, j. m. Van Tellust, en Rachel Farnelie, j. d. Van Leyden.
  • 11 dicto. Jan Montagne, Wedr. Van Petronella Pyckes, en Maria Farnelie, j. d. Van Leyden.
  • 2 Jun. Hendrick Barentszen Smit, Van Lochem, en Geertie Willems, Van Nieukercke.
  • Eodem. Mones Pieterszen, Van Arbon, in Sweden, en Magdaleentje Van Tellickhuysen, Wede. Van Adam Dirckszen.
  • Eodem. Isac Grevenraedt, Wedr. Van Lysbeth Grevenraedt, en Marritje Jans, j. d. Van Amsterdam.
  • 9 dicto. Thomas Laurenszen, j. m. Van Groeningen, en Marritje Jans, Wede. Van Cornelis Langevelt.
  • 1 Sept. Jacques Cresson, Van N. Haerlem, en Maria Reynard, aen de Manhatans.
  • 16 dicto. Gerrit Hendrickszen Boog, j. m. Van Amsterdam, en Hendrick Paden, Van St. Francisco.
  • 23 dicto. Jacob Abrahamszen, j. m. Van Amsterdam in N. Nederlt. en Catalyntje Elslandt, j. d. Van Amsterdam.
  • 20 Octob. Jan Pieterszen, Van Goestorp, in Gulickerlt, en Janneken Barents, Weduwe.
  • Eodem. Dirck Claeszen, Wedr. Van Weyntie Roelofs, Pottebacker, en Anneken Dircks, Wede. Van Evert Janszen.
  • 28 dicto. Pieter Wouster Schotzina, Wedr. Van Barber Cobry, en Niesje Van der Leeuwen, Wede, Van Adriaen Janszen.
  • Eodem. Jan Nack, j. m. Van Uytrecht, aen't Fort Orangien, en Catharina Roemers, j. d.
  • 11 Nov. Jan Escuyer de Parys, op Boswyck, en Rachel Dircks, j. d.
  • 23 dicto. Guiliam D'Honeur, j. m. Van Brussel, en Christina Steentjens, Wede. Van Gabriel de haes.
  • Eodem. Jan Negro, and Annetje Abrahams.
  • 9 Decemb. AEgidius Luyck, Rector der Latynsche Schole, en Judith Isendoorn, j. d. Van Deventer.


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