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New York City Reformed Dutch Marriage Records, 1639-95

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.

Baptisms by Reverend Archibald White, 1789-1805

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.

Rev. A Clyde Ehret Installed at Alfred New York

Rev. A Clyde Ehret Installed at Alfred New York

Rev. A Clyde Ehret Installed at Alfred Alfred 1)Seventh Day Baptist Church at Alfred NY. has a new pastor. Some one has kindly sent the Sabbath Recorder a program of the installation exercises which we give our readers here, hoping that some of the good things said...

The Vosburgh Collection of Congregational Church Records

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.

Ecclesiastical Records, State of New York

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.

New York Baptist Church Records at the Samuel Colgate Historical Library

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!

Particularly useful as vital records substitutes among the surviving New York church records are those of the Dutch Reformed, Lutheran, Anglican, and Quaker groups. For a general background about colonial New York churches, consult Ecclesiastical Records, State of New York. 1

For the records themselves, see Guide to Vital Statistics Records in New York State Churches (Exclusive of New York City),2 and Guide to Vital Statistics Records in the City of New York, Boroughs of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Richmond. Churches.3 There are also several volumes arranged by denomination. These guides, although dated, are still useful for learning what existed and where. An excellent modern guide is The German Churches of Metropolitan New York: A Research Guide.4

The largest collection of New York church records is probably that of the Daughters of the American Revolution in the State of New York Cemetery, Church, and Town Records. Scattered volumes may be found in local libraries for the area in which a particular church is located. To determine what records have been covered, consult the Revised Master Index. A card catalog at the New York State Library indexes this collection by county and there under by town, village, or other municipality.

Another large collection 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. Arthur C. M. Kelly and Jean D. Worden have published abstracted church records including some that were also done by Vosburgh.5

For western and central New York there is a collection of microfilmed church records compiled by the Study Center for Early Religious Life in Western New York at Ithaca College; the study center is now defunct, but the collection is available at the Department of Manuscripts and University Archives, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-5310. A published list of the records is available.

Quakers are treated in John Cox, Jr., “Quaker Records in New York,” The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 45 (1914): 263-69, 366-73. Some Quaker records are published such as those for New York City and Long Island in volume 3 of Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy,6 and Quaker History and Genealogy of the Marlborough Monthly Meeting, Ulster County, N.Y. 1804–1900+ 7. See also Loren V. Fay, ed., Quaker Census of 18288. Original and full copies of New York state Quaker records from 1663, formerly in New York City, are now at the Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA 19081, and many microfilms and abstracts are at the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.9 A “Map of the Meetings constituting New-York Yearly Meeting of Friends,” 12, by Dr. Shadrach Ricketson, is found facing page 263 in volume 45 of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record (1914).

Many church records, mostly early and particularly for Long Island, New York City, and the Hudson River Valley, have been published in The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, with a large collection of unpublished records maintained by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and by other repositories with manuscript collections. 10

Baptists Records for New York

  • American Baptist Historical Society
    • Genealogical Research at the American Baptist Historical Society
    • 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.
    • The records of American Baptists in New York and related organizations
      A basic guide to regional Baptist archives and historical resources for New York.

Baptists Records for New York

Allegany County NY Church Records

Franklin County NY Church Records

Fulton County NY Church Records

  • New York Births and Baptisms, Schoharie and Mohawk Valleys, 1694-1906
    This collection of birth and baptism records, compiled by Arthur and Nancy Kelly, was taken from the New York church registers and minister's records 1694-1906, and town birth records 1846-49. It contains over 61,000 records from Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Schenectady, Schoharie, and Saratoga Counties, and provides details on more than 215,000 individuals. In addition to the child's name and date of birth or baptism, researchers may find information on parents' names, names of sponsors, and notes included in these vital records.

Herkimer County NY Church Records

  • German Flats Dutch Reformed Church
    Fonda Registers Town of Herkimer, Herkimer County, transcribed under the auspices of New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. By Royden Woodward Vosburgh Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Herkimer, a.k.a. German Flats Dutch Reformed Church, Pastor: John Spinner. Found at the Montgomery Co Dept of History and Archives, Fonda NY.
  • New York Births and Baptisms, Schoharie and Mohawk Valleys, 1694-1906
    This collection of birth and baptism records, compiled by Arthur and Nancy Kelly, was taken from the New York church registers and minister's records 1694-1906, and town birth records 1846-49. It contains over 61,000 records from Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Schenectady, Schoharie, and Saratoga Counties, and provides details on more than 215,000 individuals. In addition to the child's name and date of birth or baptism, researchers may find information on parents' names, names of sponsors, and notes included in these vital records.

Jefferson County NY Church Records

Lewis County NY Church Records

  • North Country Methodists
    Selected Preacher Records, Principally from Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties 1839 - 1907

Montgomery County NY Church Records

  • New York Births and Baptisms, Schoharie and Mohawk Valleys, 1694-1906
    This collection of birth and baptism records, compiled by Arthur and Nancy Kelly, was taken from the New York church registers and minister's records 1694-1906, and town birth records 1846-49. It contains over 61,000 records from Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Schenectady, Schoharie, and Saratoga Counties, and provides details on more than 215,000 individuals. In addition to the child's name and date of birth or baptism, researchers may find information on parents' names, names of sponsors, and notes included in these vital records.

New York County NY Church Records

  • Baptisms of the First Presbyterian Church, New York City 1793- 1813
    The following baptisms were performed by the Rev. Dr. Samuel Miller, who was the collegiate pastor of the church 1793-1813. The original record is in his handwriting and was presented to the Society by Miss Margaret Miller, of Princeton, N. J., May 4, 1906.
  • Marriages of the Laight Street Baptist Church, New York City 1841-1850
    The Laight Street Baptist Church was formed from the Tabernacle Baptist Church in 1842. The Rev. W. W. Everts became pastor of the Tabernacle Church in 1839 and went with the new Congregation in forming the Laight Street Church which purchased the edifice formerly occupied by Presbyterians, corner Laight and Varick Streets. The following is the record of marriages solemnized by the Rev. W. W. Everts 1841-1850.

Oneida County NY Church Records

St. Lawrence County NY Church Records

Saratoga County NY Church Records

  • New York Births and Baptisms, Schoharie and Mohawk Valleys, 1694-1906
    This collection of birth and baptism records, compiled by Arthur and Nancy Kelly, was taken from the New York church registers and minister's records 1694-1906, and town birth records 1846-49. It contains over 61,000 records from Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Schenectady, Schoharie, and Saratoga Counties, and provides details on more than 215,000 individuals. In addition to the child's name and date of birth or baptism, researchers may find information on parents' names, names of sponsors, and notes included in these vital records.

Schenectady County NY Church Records

  • New York Births and Baptisms, Schoharie and Mohawk Valleys, 1694-1906
    This collection of birth and baptism records, compiled by Arthur and Nancy Kelly, was taken from the New York church registers and minister's records 1694-1906, and town birth records 1846-49. It contains over 61,000 records from Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Schenectady, Schoharie, and Saratoga Counties, and provides details on more than 215,000 individuals. In addition to the child's name and date of birth or baptism, researchers may find information on parents' names, names of sponsors, and notes included in these vital records.

Schoharie County NY Church Records

  • New York Births and Baptisms, Schoharie and Mohawk Valleys, 1694-1906
    This collection of birth and baptism records, compiled by Arthur and Nancy Kelly, was taken from the New York church registers and minister's records 1694-1906, and town birth records 1846-49. It contains over 61,000 records from Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Schenectady, Schoharie, and Saratoga Counties, and provides details on more than 215,000 individuals. In addition to the child's name and date of birth or baptism, researchers may find information on parents' names, names of sponsors, and notes included in these vital records.

Westchester County NY Church Records

  • Baptisms ~ French Church at New Rochelle, New York 1702 ~ 1712
    The following baptisms of the French Church at New Rochelle, N. Y., were performed by Rev. Daniel Bondet, 1703-1712. The translations from the French were made by A. J. Wall from the original manuscript. The spellings of the names are printed just as they appear, and in some instances vary somewhat from the present day form.
  • Marriages ~ French Church at New Rochelle, New York 1703 - 1711
    The following marriages of the French Church at New Rochelle, N. Y., were performed by Rev. Daniel Bondet, 1703-1712. The translations from the French were made by A. J. Wall from the original manuscript. The spellings of the names are printed just as they appear, and in some instances vary somewhat from the present day form.

Footnotes:

  1. Ecclesiastical Records, State of New York, 7 vols. Albany, N.Y.: James B. Lyon, 1901–05, 1916.
  2. Guide to Vital Statistics Records in New York State Churches (Exclusive of New York City), 2 vols. Albany, N.Y.: Historical Records Survey, 1942.
  3. Guide to Vital Statistics Records in the City of New York, Boroughs of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Richmond. Churches, 5 vols.New York: Historical Records Survey, 1942.
  4. Richard Haberstroh, The German Churches of Metropolitan New York: A Research Guide. New York: The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 2000.
  5. See “The Vosburgh Collection of New York Church Records,” The NYG&B Newsletter 9 [1998]: 53-55.
  6. William Wade Hinshaw’s Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy. 1940; reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1969, 1991
  7. Shirley V. Anson and Laura M. Jenkins, comps., Quaker History and Genealogy of the Marlborough Monthly Meeting, Ulster County, N.Y. 1804–1900+. Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1980.
  8. Rhinebeck, N.Y.: Kinship, 1989.
  9. see Suzanne McVetty, “Records of the Society of Friends (Quakers), New York Yearly Meeting,” The NYG&B Newsletter, 8 [1977]: 27-31, and the subsequent “1998 Additions to the NYG&BS Microfilm Collection,” also in the Newsletter, 9 [1998]: 50-52.
  10. Source: Roger D. Joslyn, CG, FUGA, FGBS, FASG. Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

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1.Seventh Day Baptist Church at Alfred NY.

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