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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 1689

Contributor Christopher H. Wynkoop
  • den 9 Jan. Isaac de Riemer, j. m. Van N. Yorck, en Aeltje Wessels, j. d. als boven, beyde wonende alhier. den 10 Jan. met een licentie.
  • den 2 Febr. Robbert Willemszen, j. m. uyt oudt Engelant, en Grees Cerant, Wede Van Jan Beesly, beyde wonende op Kigtuangs punt. den 19 Febr. toegelaten on te trouwen.1
  • den 8 dicto. Abraham Santvoort, j. m., Van N. Yorke, en Vrouwtje Van Hoorn, j. d., Van N. Yorke. beyde wonende alhier. den 27 dicto.
  • den 19 dicto. Cornelis Christiaenszen, j. m. Anna Wesselszen, j. d. Van Yorke. beyde wonende alhier. den 19 Febr.
  • den 8 Mart. Hendrick Renselaer, j. m. Van Renselaerswyck, en Catharina Van Brug, j. d. Van N. Yorck. beyde wonende alhier. den 19 Mart.
  • den 27 dicto. Abraham de La Montagnie, j. m. Van N. Haerlem, en Rebecca Teunis, j. d. Van N. Uytrecht. de Eerste wonende op Haerlem, en twede op Bloemendael. Getrouwt tot N. Haerlem.
  • den 28 dicto. Bastiaen Michielszen, j. m. Van Schoonderwoert, en Gelante de La Montagne, j. d. Van N. Haerlem. beyde wonende tot N. Haerlem. getrouwt tot N. Haerlem.
  • den 26 April. Jacques Fonteyn, j. m. Van Boswyck, en Anna Webbers, j. d. Van. N. Yorke, beyde wonende aen't Versche Water. den 20 May.
  • den 27 dicto. Henricus de Meyert, j. m. Van N. Yorck, Agnietje de Key, j. d. Van N. York. beyde wonende alhier. den 14 dicto.
  • den 10 May. Claes Rittenhuysen, j. m. Van Aernhem, en Willemyntie de Wees, j. d. Van Lieuwarden d' Eerste wonende aen de Zuyt rivier, en twede alhier. den 29 May.
  • den 25 dicto. Gerrit Hendrickszen Brasser, j. m. Van N. Amersfort, en Catharina Hardenbroeck, Wede Van Hendrick Arentszen. de Eerste wonende tot N. Amersfort en twede alhier. den 16 Jun.
  • den 2 Jun. John Thomaszen, j. m. Van N. Yorck, en Feytie Elias Vreedlant, j. d. Van Goemoenipa, de Eerste wonende alhier, en twede tot Acqueckenenenck. den 24 dict.
  • den 28 dict. Andries Joriszen Alst, j. m. Van Mispat, en Maria Van Gelder, j. d. Van N. Yorck. d' Eerste wonende op en twede alhier. den 24 Jul.
  • den 27 Jul. Theunis Theuniszen Denyck, Wedr, Van Geesje Hendricx,en Elsje Jeuriaens, Wede Van Didlof Doren, beyde wonende alhier. den 21 Aug. Nullis Vestibus Nise folo indusio.
  • den 2 Aug. David Befoor, j. m. Van N. Yorck, en Lysbeth Jans, j. d. Van de Zuydrivier beyde wonende op Manhatans Ey1t. den 25 dict tot N. Haerlem.
  • den 10 dicto. Gustavus Adolphus Horne, Wedr Van Priscilla Lamberts, en Claesje Dircx, Wede Van Jan Rhee. beyde wonende alhier. den 20 dicto.
  • den 24 dicto. Urbanus 'I'homaszen, j. m. Van N. Yorke, en Maryken Schouten, j. d. Van N. Yorke. beyde wonende alhier. den 17 Sept.
  • den 27 dicto. Henry Crabe, j. m. Van Exsex in oudt Englt, en Sara Meritt, Wede Van Eduard Meer, beyde wonende op Fredrick Philipszens lant. den 8 Oct.
  • Eodem. Nathaniel Pittman, j. m. Van Bristol in oudt Englt, en Mary Merrit Wede Van Walter Dop, beyde wonende aen 't Versche Water. den 8 Sept.
  • den 30 dicto. James Jond, j. m. Van Schotlandt, en Jeanne Nicols, Wede Van James Yenkis, beyde wonende alhier. den 28 dict.
  • den 20 Sept. Samuel Pell, j. m. Van de Oesterbay, en Hester Bording, j. d. Van N. Yorck. beyde wonende alhier. den 9 Oct.
  • den 20 Octob. Pieter Jacobszen, j. m. Van Uytdam, en tot N. Uytrecht. Rebecca Jans, j. d. Van Bruynenburg, d' Eerste wonende alhier, en twede op Bruynenburg.
  • den 30 dict. Theunis Quick, j. m. Van N. Albanien, en Vrouwtje Jans, j. d. by Stuyvesants bouwerye, d' Eerste wonende alhier, en twede op Tappan. den 1 Dec.
  • den 10 Nov. Gilles Schelley, j. m. Van London, en Hillegond Van Hooren, Wede Van Olivier Cranisborowgh, beyde wonende alhier. den 25 Nov.
  • den 22 dicto. Manuel Pieters, Wedr Van Dorothea d' Angola, en Mayken d' Angola laest Wede Van Domingo d' Angola, beyde Negres, en wonende by Stuyvesants Bouwerye.

1 Permitted to marry at Kigtuanga point


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