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New York City Reformed Dutch Marriage Records, 1639-95

Settled by the Dutch in the seventeenth century, New Amsterdam became New York and a part of the British Empire in 1667. Many of these early Dutch settlers were members of the Reformed Dutch Church located in the city. Taken from existing church records, these manuscript are a collection of marriage records and includes information regarding over 2600 men and women. Researchers will find the date of marriage and the names of both bride and groom for persons married in the city between 1639 and 1695. Although these records appear in the original Dutch, this database can be valuable to researchers of ancestors from the New York City area.

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Baptisms by Reverend Archibald White, 1789-1805

Archibald White was a circuit minister for the Presbyterian Church and early in his career traveled to Virginia, Maryland, North & South Carolina and parts of Pennsylvania in his quest to deliver the Good news. In his official capacity of clergyman he would often baptize those requesting it. In the spring of 1793, Rev. White moved to Washington County, New York where he also performed numerous baptisms. The following are from his own journal, and record his baptisms over a 15 year period.

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The Vosburgh Collection of Congregational Church Records

A large collection of church records for New York was commissioned by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and is known by the name of its editor, Royden Woodward Vosburgh. Its 101 volumes cover mostly Dutch, German-Lutheran, and Presbyterian records, but not all are indexed. Besides the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, these volumes are available at the Connecticut State Library and on microfilm at the New York Public Library, the Family History Library, and in other libraries. The information will provide you with a general idea of which churches are available and the years of the records transcribed. You can find the specifics for each church as to which type of records and specific years covered for those records at the Connecticut State Library online catalog or directly by clicking on any linked town. If the town is not yet linked then we have not gathered the specifics for that town yet but the Connecticut State Library has.

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Ecclesiastical Records, State of New York

These records bring together a larger number of the ecclesiastical documents of the colonial period relating to New York and New Jersey than any other single collection. The original design of the enterprise was to gather the documents of the Reformed Dutch church as the oldest denomination in the State. But as the work progressed it seemed desirable to bring in collateral documents of other religious bodies, because the documents of one denomination throw light on those of other bodies of the same period, the external circumstances being identical. The different bodies were also often so intermingled in their relations or contentions that the history of one could not be well understood without dealing with the history of the others.

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New York Baptist Church Records at the Samuel Colgate Historical Library

More than 500 volumes of original records of churches, associations, and state bodies have been placed in the American Baptist – Samuel Colgate Historical Library. These records were placed there voluntarily. Baptist polity does not have any mechanism to require a local congregation to deposit its records at this site or at any site. As a result, the records of many Baptist churches over the years have been lost. The original records deposited there are arranged alphabetically by state. Records of state bodies are placed first, then associational records. Local church records are placed next, alphabetically by city or town and name of church. The few international records which they hold are found at the end of this inventory. Their holdings include microfilmed and photo duplicated copies as well. This list is current as of 2015. These records are not available online. In order to access them you must visit the Samuel Colgate Historical Library!

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