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Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New Amsterdam/New York - Marriages

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 1705

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

A'o 1705 Jngeschreven den 8 (Nov); Moses Simson, j.m. Van
London, met Sarah Lilly, j.d. Van RoodYlandt; getrouwt den 1 Jan.

den 29 do; Antony Byvank, j.m. Van N. Alb., met Teuntje Van Laan, j.d. Van Breukelen; den 20 do.

den 12 Jan; Willem Van de Water, j.m. V. N. York, met Aafje Ringo, j.d. Van N. York; den 3 Febr'y.

den 9 Feb; Jacobus Speelwel, j.m. Van O. Engl't. met Wyntje Breyend, Wed. Van Jan Asman; den 25 do.

den 4 do; Diderik Van Slyk Wed'r, met Antje Van Norden, Wed. Van Joh: Elswart; den 1 Maart.

den 24 April; Petrus Brestede, j.m. Van N. York, met Margrita Pyke, j.d. Van Arme Bouwery; den 6 May.

den 11 May; Gabriel Bommerhof, j.m. Van Rotterd'm, met Jnnetje Van Hoogte, Wed. Van Andries Groofs V.N. York; den 20 do.

den 13 do; Martinus Meyer, j.m. Van N. York, met Emmetje Van Dyk, j.d. Van N. York; den 28 do.

den 27 May; William Daps, j.m. Van N.Y. met Catharina Stot, Wed. Woont op. G. beer Eylant; den 12 Juny.

den 8 Juny; Johan Ellin, j.m. Van Milfort, met Anna Haldrin, j.d. Van N. Haarlem; den 28 do.

den 18 July; Jan Christoffelsz, j.m. Van Amsterdam, met Rutje Plevier, Wed. Van Jacob Van Giessen V.N. York; den 19 August.

Personen met Licentie

A'o 1705 ingeteekend den 11 Janu'y; Enoch Michielssze met Aafje Van Hoorn; 1705 den 13 Janu'y.

den 8 Maart; Daniel Taay met Francyntje Wessels; den 8 Maart.

den 17 do; Richard Rye met Heleonora Sanders; den 17 do.

den 12 April; Thomas Rantforz met Elsje Van den Berg, Wed.; den 12 April.

den 10 do; Evert Van Hoek met Neeltje Jacobsz; den 17 do.

den 27 do; Isaac de Riemer met Anna Woertman; den 28 do.

den 21 May; Peter Mordok met Jane Marrington; den 28 do.

den 23 Juny; Johannes de Foreest met Tryntje Gerritse
Raveststein; den 23 Juny.

den 30 Juny; Bernardus Smith en Johanna Hadding; den 30 Juny.

den 14 July; Isaac Betlois met Susanna Brasier; den 14 July.

den 20 August; D'o Bernardus Freeman met Margarita Van Schayk; den 25 Aug.

Personen met geboden

Ingeschreven den 31 Augustus; Adriaan Govertsz, j.m. Van Coppenhagen, met Barbara Provoost, j.d. Van Esopus; Getrouwt den 22 Sept.

den 14 Sept; Hendrik Brevoort Wed'r Van N. York, met
Jaccomyntje Bokke, j.d. Van Sluis in Vlaanderen; den 9 Oct.

--21--; Adriaan Jansse Blom, j.m. Van Suriname, met Annetje
Tysse, j.d. Van N. York; --11--

den 5 Octob; Jesse de Graaf, j.m. Van Schoneztade, met Aaltje Hemmon, j.d. Van N. York; --20--

--12--; Gerrit Van Schayk, j.m. Van N. Alban'e met Sarah Hoewyk, j.d. Van N. Alban'e; --23--

den 3; Thomas Cool, j.m. Van O. Englt't., met Maria Tiler, .d. Van Boston, Woond alhier; den 22.

den 15; Burger Davidsz Van Grummen, j.m. Van N. York, & Marrytje Janssze Romme, Wed. Van Pieter Simkam Van N. York; den 28.

den 9; Michiel Cannel, j.m. Van Yrland, & Willemtje Sluis, j.d. Van N. York; den 1 Nov.

den 13; Arnall Williams, j.m. Van O. Engel't., & Janneke de
Graw, j.d. Van N. York; den 2.

den 23; Frans Abrahamsze Van Betfort & Isabelle Salomons; den 13.

Personen met Licentie

A'o 1705 Ingeschreven den 4 Sept; John Gardenier met
Elisabeth Witty; Getrouwt den 9 Sept.

6 Octob; Thomas Ming met Mary Norkinson; den 7;

den 3; Antony Lispinar met Elisabeth Klein; den 3.

den 14; James Flimming & Alida Baely; den 14.

den 21; Benjamin Bunting & Cornelia Caveleer; den 21.

den 28; John Oliver & Catharina Pietersse; den 30.

den 8 Nov; John Cornelisze & Elisabeth Nazareth; den 9.

den 19; William Warner & Adriaantje de Grauw; den 20.

den 24; Hermanus Brugman & Alltte Steenis; den 24.

den 26; Franscois Allard & Askviell; den 26.


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