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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 1700

Contributor Ted Snediker
Ted stresses that any errors in this are his own making, and he has tried to preserve the original spellings and punctuations. The column headings are Ingeschreven and Getrouwt
Transcribed from Trouw-Boek 1639 - 26 June 1702, Collegiate Church, New York City - Manhattan, records. New Brunswick NJ, Reformed Church in America (FHL microfilm 1927968).
[NB: Begins on p. 679 of Selyns records. Subsequent pages not numbered, but noted here by "Verte."]
    (starting page number unknown)

    [Note that the first three entries are carry-overs from 1699.]

  • den 13 dicto. Do. Gualtherus du Bois, pred't. tot N. Yorck en Helena van Balen, jd. van Amsterdam, beyde woonende alhier. Primo. Jan.
    [Written directly under this entry; marginal ditto marks beside the next two entries indicate that the same applied to them.]
    [Nota; dese Tweeparen zyn per licentie getrouwt op het Eynde van het verleden jaer]
    [Note: this couple was married with a license at the end at the end of the past year.]
    [The next two entries are bracketed, with the annotation appearing in the "getrouwt" column: Beyden door Henr. Selyns.]
  • den 16. dicto. Isaacq Selover, laest Wedr. van Janneken Wilkenhof, en Judith Waldron, van N. Yorck. den 26 dec.
  • den 30 dict. John Mayson, Jm. uyt Schotlandt, en Elisabeth Pens, Wede. van Lein Roosdel, beyde wonende alhier, getrouwt, den 31 Decemb.
    [Following the previous three entries, a line is drawn with the annotation once more, Ao. 1700]
  • den 16 Jan. Stephen de Lancy, Jm. van [blank space] en Anna van Cortlandt, Jd. van N. Yorck. beyde woonende alhier. Per Licentie den 23 dicto.
  • den 15 Mart. Evert van de Water, Jm. van N. Yorck, en Catharina Provoost, Jd. als boven. beyde woonende alhier. den 19 dicto. met licentie.
  • den 5 apr. Johannes Herry, Jm. van N. Albanien, en Jannetje Nissepadt, Jd. uyt Zeelt. beyde woonende alhier. den 26 april.
  • den 13 dicto. Daniel Berckeloo, J.m. van N. Amersfort, en Lysbeth gerrits, J.d. van N. Yorck, beyde woonende alhier. den 4 May.
  • Eodem. Rutgert Waldron, j.m. van N. Yorck, en Debora Pel, J.d. ut Supra. beyde woonende alhier. Eodem.
  • den 18 dicto. Henricus van der Heul, Jm, en Maria Meyers, J.d., beyde geboren, en woonende alhier. den 21 apr. met een licentie.
  • den 29 dicto. Alexander Baird, J.m. uyt Scholt. en Magdalena Van Vleck, wede. van Henr. Kip, beyde woonende alhier. den 24 dicto. met een licentie.
  • den 24 dicto. Johannes Veet, Jm. van Brisach, in Sweden, en Catharina Meyers, J.d. van N. Yorck, beyde woonende alhier. den 25 dicto. met een licentie
  • den 8 May. Pieter Bussen, J.M. en Rebecca Fermelje J.D. beyde geboren en wonachtig tot N. Haerlem. den 7 Jun.
  • den 17 dict. Pieter Henijon, J.m. van N. Yorck, en Maryken van Noodt, J.d. van Schenechtade, beyde woonende alhier. den 9 dicto.
  • den 30 dicto. Johannes Bogaert, jm. van N. Haerlem, en Claesje van Schayck, J.d. van N. Yorck. d'eerste woonende op N. Haerl.en Tweede alhier. den 16 dicto.
  • den 7 Jun. Wilhelmus Cotly, Jm. van N. Yorck, en Dina Cloppers, J.d. als boven. beyde woonende alhier. getrouwt door Do. du Bois.
  • den 13 dicto. Benjamin Quackenbosch, jm. van N. Albanien, en Claesje Webbers, j.d. van de armen bouwerye beyde woonende ontrent Stuyvesants bouwerye. den 14 Jul.
  • den 22 dicto. David Mandeviel, Jm. van N. Amersfort, en Marritie van Hoesem, J.d. van N. Albanien. d'eerste tot N. Yorck, en tweede tot N. Albanien. den 19 dicto.
  • den 19 Jul. Isaacq Bratt, Jm. van N. Albanien, en Divertje Wessels, J.d. van N. Yorck. beyde woonende alhier. den 1 Aug.
  • Eodem. Nicolaes Parçel, J.m. van [space left blank] en Aeltje Heyers, J.d. van N. Yorck. d'eerste op beeren eylt, en twede alhier. den 4 Aug.
  • den 20 dicto. Thomas Evans, Jm. van London in Englt. en Engeltje Siphens, Jd. van N. Yorck. beyde woonende alhier. den 13 dicto.
  • den 17 Aug. Jeremias Berry, Jm. van Nieuw Thuyn, en Cornelia Eckenson, Jd. van N. Yorck. beyde woonende alhier. den 20 Sept.
  • den 20 dicto. Johannes Texsel, Jm. van N. Yorck, en Catharina Springsten, Jd. van 't Lange Eylt. beyde woonende op de Hr. Steph. Cortlandts Landt. den 5 Octob. mit vertoog in 't Hoge Landt.
  • den 7 Sept. Adrianus van Stryden, Jm. van Bodegraven, en Adriaentie Hoogenboom, wed. van Jan Span, beyde woonende alhier. [no date entry]
  • den 11 dicto. Simon Pascoo [space left blank] en Margariet Stephens, J.d. van N. Yorck, beyde woonende alhier. den 12 Sept. met een licentie.
  • Eodem. Abraham van Horen, j.m. van N. Yorck, en Maria Provoost, J.d. als boven, beyde woonende alhier. den 16 dicto. met een licentie.
  • den 5 Octob. Jacob Hassing, j.m. van N. Yorck, en Emerentia van Gelder, J.d. als boven. beyde woonende alhier. den 31 Oct.
  • den 24 dicto. Wiljam Provoost, Jm. en Aefje van Exveen, Jd., beyde geboren, en woonachtig alhir. den 20 Nov.
  • Eodem. Frederic Blom, Jm. en Annetje Montagnie, Jd., beyde geboren, en woonende alhier. den 1 Dec.
  • den 25 Nov. Robbert Croanets, en Susana Peterszen. met een licentie. den 25 Nov.
  • den 5 Nov. Thomas Achtent, wedr. van [space left blank] en Elisabeth Lingelant. den 29 dicto.
    [Note: probably 5 Dec. was the intended and correct date.]
  • Eodem. Focco Heyrmans [space left blank] en Margareta Ekkens. Eodem.
  • den 19 dec. Simon van Es, wedr. [space left blank] van N. Alb. en Hester de la Mater, J.d. van N. Albanien. Ao. 1700/1 den 15 Jan.


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