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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 1703

New Amsterdam (New York City) Reformed Dutch Church Marriages transcribed by anonymous volunteer for Olive Tree Genealogy.

Anno 1703. Uit de Franschekerk.

met attestatie; Van drie onverhinderde huwlyks -- Voorstellingen, Zyn Van my getrouwt Pierre Savaret met Ester David; den 16 May.

Personen met Licentie getrouwt geteekent Noverm'r; Abraham Van Laar met Jennetje Streddels; Novem'r.

Anno 1703.

January 7; Balthazar de Hart met Margrita Maurits; January 7.

Feb. 23; Joh. Hamie met Christine Rosevelt; Februay 24.

do 27; Lubbert Jansz. Van Berkome, met Engel Hendrikz; do 27.

Maert 2; Jan Kruger met Maria Cuiler; Maert 5.

do 12; William ffisher met Adriana Vand'r Berg; do 14.

February 20. Willem Gouge met Dirkje Rome; do 14.

Personen met Geboden.

Ingeschreven A'o 1703 den 22 May; Hendrik Pley, j.m. Van N. York, met Sarah Molenaars, j.d. Van Boswyk; Getrouwt den Juny.

den 27 do. Coenraad Lamberts, j.m. Van Amst'd, met Neeltje Lauwe, j.d. Van N. Haarlem; [ndg]

Ingeschreven N.B. deze personen zyn met Licentie getrouwt. A'o 1703. den 29 Juny; Pieter Christiaansz met Belitje Attings; A'o 1703 den 4 July.

den 25 Juny; Benjamin Oldys, j.m. V. O. Engel't, met Aaltje Schars, j.d. V. Goanis, beide woonenede alhier.

den 9 July 1703; Johannes Hennion, j.m. V. N. York, met Margarita Baely, j.d. Van N. Tuin; den 22 July.

den 17 July 1703; Albartus Coenradus Bosch, j.m. Van N. York, met Maria Yaets, j.d. Van N. Albanie; den 25 July.

A'o 1703.
Personen met Licentie.

Ingeschreven den 6 April; Andries de Wandelaar, en Aagje Van Bossen; Getrouwt den 10 April.

den 20 do; Johan Michael Schut, met Maria Van d'r Heyden; den 24 do.

den 22 May; Olphert Saert en Hillegondt Lucas; den 22 May.

[ndg]; Adolf de Groef, met Rachel Goederis; den May.

den 7 Juny; Jacobus Kierstede, met Elisabeth Laurens; den 14 Juny.

den 17 Juny; Pieter Batery met Jenneke Davidts; den 17 Juny.

den 12 July; Jan Lesly, met Ellen Bisset; den 15 July.

den 26 do; Michael Fallon, met Elisabeth Van Trigt; den 28 do.

den 9 August; Octavo Coenraats met Maria Langevelt; den 18 August.

Personen met geboden.

Ingeschreeven 1703 den 24 Sept; Laurens Cornelisz, j.m. Van N: Haarlem, met Helena Benssem, j.d. Van N. Albanie; den 22 October.

den 1 October; Aarnout Hendriksz, j.m. Van N. York, met Geertje Claasz, j.d. Van N. Albanie; den 24 do.

den 29 Octob; David Jantze, j.m. Van Esopus, met Annetje Kroesvelt, Wed. Van Jacob Van Noorstrant; den 21 Novemb.

Personen met Licentie

Ingeschreven 1703 den 12 August; Abraham Gaasbeek Chambers met Sara Bayart; Getrouwt den 26 Aug.

den 28 do; Alexander Makay met Mary Cresty; den 29 do.

den 26 do; Coenraad Huibling met Debora Beek; den 2 Sept.

[ndg] Charles Beekman met Ekay Van Santen; den 6 do.

den 2 Septemb; Cornlius Kierstede met Sarah Elswardt; den 9 do.

den 10 do; Johan Okey met Helena Kiersz; den 11 do.

den 14 do; Albert de Vries met Emmetje Van Dyk; den 16 do.

den 15 do; Hendrik Bogaart met Rutthje de Lameter; den 17 do.

den 14 do; Gerard Schuiler met Aagje de Groof; den 18 do.

den 19 Octob; Jacob Nicolaasz met Maria Moll; den 20 October.

den 20 do; Abraham Van der Beek met Mettje Woedert; den 22 do.

Personen met geboden.

A'o 1703. Jngeschreven den 4 Novemb; Cosyn Andriesz, j.m. Van N. York, met Margrietje Teunisz, j.d. Van N. York, beide woonenede aan de groote Kil; Getrouwt den 23 decemb.


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