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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 1674

Contributor Liz DuBois
  • 10 Jan. Pieter Philipszen Waltman, j. m. Soldaet, en Heyltje Jans, j. d. Van Witmont in Oost Vrieslt. beyde wonendo alhier. 31 dicto.
  • 21 dicto. Herman Anthony de Hubert, j. m. Van Hulst in Vlaenderen, Luytenant, en Lucretia Rodenburg, j. d. Van N. Orangien. 11 Febr.
  • 11 Febr. Reynier Pieterszen Van Quackenbosch, j. m. Van Oestgeest in Hollandt, en Lysbeth Jans, j. d. Van Vlissingen in N. Nederlt. beyde wonende alhier. 2 Mart.
  • 25 Mart. Willem Simonsezn Block. j. m. Van Vlissingen in Zeelant, Schippr. op't Schip Suriname, Styje Duycking, j. d. Van N. Orangien. 11 April.
  • 1 April, Eduard Lamlee, j. m. Van Darberseir, en Sara Higgens, j. d. Van 'd Esopus, wonende op Spyt de duyvel. 3 Jun. tot foordham.
  • 8 dicto. Dirck Janszen Van Dyck, j. m. Van Amsterd. en Urseltje Jans, j. d. Van N. Orangien. 25 Apr,
  • Eodem. Melchior Claeszen, j. m. Van Amsterdam, en Susanna Richards, Wede. Van op fort, beyde wonende alhier. Eodem.
  • 20 May. Elias Post, Wedr. Van Catalyntie Conings, en Marritje Corn., j. d. Van't fort Orangien. 13 Jun.
  • 27 dicto. Daniel Joriszen, j. m. Van N. Orangien, en Sara Klock, j. d. als voren. Eodem.
  • 5 Aug. Gabriel Mivielle, j. m. Van Bordeau, in Vranckryck, en Judith Van Beeck, j. d. Van Willemstadt. 29 Aug. tot N. Willemsstadt.
  • 26 dicto. Jacob Truer, j. m. Van N. Orangien, en Lysbeth Post, j. d. als coren. 26 Sept.
  • Eodem. Jacob Claeszen, j. m. Van Amsterd. en Annetje Van der Grist. j. d. Van N. Nederlt. 29 dicto.
  • Eodem. Isaac Van Vlack, Wedr. Van Pieternellitje Couwenhoven, en Cornelia Beeckman, j. d. Van N. Orangien, beyde wonende alhier. Eodem.
  • 30 Sept. Hendrick Arentszen, j. m. Van Amsterd., en Neeltje Urbanuszen, Wede. Van Thomas Franszen, wonende alhier. 24 Oct.
  • 7 Oct. Pieter Schamp, Soldaet, j. m. Van Gendy, en Jannetje Dircks, j. d. Van Noortmans Kill. Eodem.
  • 14 dicto. Bouwen Loen, Sargiant, j. m. Van Edam, en Maria de Mill, j. d. Van Amsterdam. 4 Nov. tot Midwoudt.
  • Eodem. Jan Sipkens, Soldaet, j. m. Van Amsterd., en Elsje Burgers, j. d. Van N. Orangien. 31 Octob.
  • Eodem. Andries Van Breestee, j. m. Van N. Orangien, en Annetje Van Borsum. j. d. als voren. 4 Novemb.
  • 4 Nov. Petrus Bayard, j. m. Van Alphen, en Blandina Kierstede, j. d. Van N. Orangien, beyde wonende alhier.

(Continuation of the MARRIAGE BANNS AFTER the Old Style, New Orange being changed to New York by transmission to England 20 November.)

  • 18 Novemb. Joris Davidszen, j. m. Van N. Albanien, en Jannetje Lopers, j. d. Van N. Yorke. 9 Dec.
  • 20 Decemb. Johannes Mattlings, j. m. Van't Eylt. St Eutache, en Aeltje Jans, j. d. Van Ruynderwolt in't Lantschap Drenthe, beyde wonende alhier. 20 Jan.


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