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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 1692

Contributor Bob Hood
  • den 1 Jan. Francisco Anthony, laest Wedr v. Geertie Theunis, en Grietje Jaspers, Wede Van Jan Evertszen Karsseboom, beyde wonende alhier. den 19 dict.
  • den 19 dicto. Mattheeuw Clarkson, Secrt Van't Gouvernement en Catharina Van Schayck, j. d. Van N. Albanien beyde wonende alhier. den 19 dict.
  • den 5 Febr. Jan Andrieszen, Wedr, Van Margariet Doorens, en Marie Rudtgers, Wede v. Joris Janszen, beyde wonende alhier. den 29 Febr.
  • den 4 Mart. Jean de Mareets, Wedr, Van Jacomina Driel, en Marritie Winckel, Wede Van Pieter Slot, d' Eerste wonende op Hackensacq, en twede alhier. den 23 Mart. in de Fransche Kerck.
  • Eodem. Cornelis Michielszen, wed. van Niesje Ysenbrants, en Lysbeth jacobs, wed. Van Wibrant Abrahamszen, beyde wonende alhier. den 17 Apr.
  • den 11 Mart. Johannes Poel, j.m. van Marienlant, en Tietje Andries, j.d. Van N. Yorck, beyde woonende alhier. den 30 Mar
  • den 16 dicto. Thomas Terneur, j.m Van N. haerlem, en Maria Oblinius, j.d. Van N. harlem, beyde woonende aldaer. den 5 April
  • den 18 dicto. John Stephenszen, j.m. van Douveren, en Catalina Cloppers, wed. van Jan Dircxen, beyde woonende alhier. eodem
  • den 23 dicto. John Donaldson, j.m. Van Galleway, en Elisabeth Rodenburg, wed. van Ephraim Hermans d'Eerste woonende aan de Zuy trivier, en twede alhier. den 24 Mart meteen licentie
  • den 9 Apr. Jacob Bennet, j.m. Van Brecukelen, en Neeltje Beeckman, j.d. Van N. Albanien, beyde woonende alhier. den 4 May
  • den 15 dicto. Jan Depuy, wed. van Elisabeth Thyszen, en Geertruytje Jans, j.d. Van Kingstoune, de Eerste woonende alhier, en twede tot Kingstoune 1
  • den 20 dicto. Thomas Shaw, en Anne Hancok, wed. van Thomas Hancok, beyde woonende alhier. den 20 Apr. met een licentie.
  • den 7 May. Carsten Leursen, Junior, j.m. Van N. Yorck, en Petronella Van der Heul, j.d. Van N. Yorck, beyde woonende alhier. den 1 Jun.
  • Eodem. David Jamison, Clerck ter Secretarye, en Maria Hardenbroeck, j.d. Van N. yorck, beyde woonende alhier. den 7 May met een licentie
  • den 27 dicto. Aert Elbertszen, j.m Van N. Yorck, en Catharina Vreedlant, j.d. Van Goemoenipa, d'Eerste wonende alhier, de twede op Pemrepog. Met vertoog naar Bergen
  • den 3 Jun. Laurens Van Hoeck, j..m. Van N. Yorck, en Johanna Hendricks, j.d. Van Boschwyck, beyde wonende alhier. den 2 Jul
  • den 4 Jul. Jeams Beard, j.m. Van Bristol, en Dorothee Hartfelt, wed. van Richard Hartfeld, beyde woonende alhier. den 10 dicto.
  • den 16 dicto. Willem Boor, j.m Van Amsterdam, en Hillegond Van Horen, j.d. Van N. Yorck, beyede woonende alhier. den 23 dicto.
  • den 5 Aug. Hendrick Van Oblinius, j.m., Van N. Haarlem, en Jannetje Tiebouts, j.d., Van Midwout, wonende d' Eerste tot N. Haarlem, en twede alheir. den 28 Aug tot N. Haarlem.
  • Eodem. Wessel Evertszen, j.m., Van N. Yorck, en Susanna Van Tienhoven j.d., als boven, beyde wonende alheir. den 28 dicto
  • Eodem. Johannes Van de Water, j.m., Van N. Yorck, en Baefie Jans, j.d., als boven, beyde wonende alheir. den 1 Sept.
  • den 12 dict. Pieter LeRoux, j.m., Uyt Oudt Engelt, en Alida Vryman, j.d., Van N. Albanien, beyde wonende alheir. den 28 Aug.
  • Eodem. Reynier Quackenbosch, Wedr Van Lysbeth Masten, en Claesje Jacobs, j.d., Van N. Yorck, beyde wonende alheir. Den 13 Sept.
  • 26 dicto. Mangel janszen Noll, j.m., Van Albanien, en Annetje Hendricx Yolcx, j.d.Van Breuckelen, d'Eerste wonende op't Staaten Eyl en twede alheir. Getrouwt op't Staaten Eyl den 9 Oct.
  • den 23 Sept. George Walker, j.m., Eit Eirlant, en Vrouwtje Van Hoeck, j.d., beyde wonende alheir. den 3 Nov.
  • den 4 Octob. Jan Byvangk, Wedr Van Belitie Duyckingh, en Sarah Frans, Wedr Van Johannes Van Couwenhoven, de Eerste wonende tot N. Albanien. En twede alheir. den 3 Nov.
  • den 12 dicto. Eduard Kocx, Van __________ en Helena Meyer, j.d., Van N. Yorck, beyde wonende alheir. den 12 Oct. Met attestatie van de Luterische Kerck.
  • den 9 Nov. Thomas Laurence, Wedr, en Mary Ferguson, j.d., d' Eerste wonende by 't Hellegat, en twede alheir. den 9 Nov met een licenttie
  • den 10 dicto. Gerrit Burger, j.m., Van N. Yorck, en Sara Martens, j.d., Van de Walebocht, beyde wonende alheir. den 6 Dec
  • den 10 dicto. Jacques Merie, j.m., Van Rochel, en Cornelia Roos, Wedr Van Elias Provoost, beyde wonende alheir. den 27 Nov.
  • den 30 Nov. De Hr Fredrick Philipszen Wedr Van Margariet Hardens, en Catherina Van Corlant, Wede Van John Der Val, beyde wonende alheir. Den 30 Nov met Een licentie.
  • den 20 Decemb. Abraham Keteltas, j.m., Van N. Yorck, en Anna Courten, Wede Van Hendrick Van Boelen, beyde wonende alheir. Den 20 Dec, met een licentie.
  • den 21 dicto. Wolfert Ecker, j.m., Van Midwout, en Mirritje Sibouts, j.d., Van de Armen Bouwerye, beyde op Fredricks Philips lant. Getrouwt ope Fredricks Philips lant.
The marriage of the parties was not solemized.


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