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NEW! Please visit Lorine McGinnis Schulze's RDC NY marriages online. This is a fantastic reference! While you are there, go to the Olive Tree's home page and look around. Early Dutch marriages are not all you will find on this fine site.

The web site maintained by the Descendants of Edward Ball of New Jersey interest group has posted a listing of Baptisms at the Reformed Dutch Church of New Amsterdam (1639-1693) combined, and converted to HTML by L. H_iler, 2-25-1997. Included one will find the baptisms of Willem (2 Aug 1648) and Abraham (10 Apr 1650), sons of Abraham Willemszen and Aeghtje Jans and a daughter (Tryntie - 1662) of Aeghtje Jans (widowed) and Pieter Casparszen (Mabille). Pieter Casparszen was a witness to the baptism of Abraham.

We have a couple of projects underway. One is the publication in electronic format of the manuscript researched and published by Walter Kenneth Griffin in 1909. It details the early existence of the family from New Amsterdam in 1647 through the early 1800s.

Another project is the extraction of TIT(T)SWORTH data from various census material. Kerry Kirk is doing this for us as time permits and is allowing us to post the information here.

The Bill DeCoursey Files

I have posted four files containing research notes from Bill DeCoursey. The TIETSORT/TITSORT family name is referenced in various places in the files; but the *real* reason I have posted them (with Bill's permission, btw) is that they provide a real insight into the political and social environment of the time. The files are large and may load slowly. Comments, questions, corrections, etc. regarding these four files should go to decoursey@earthlink.net (Bill DeCoursey). So, without further ado, here are the links:

  1. 1430 - 1650
  2. 1650 - 1700
  3. 1700 - 1750
  4. 1750 - 1800

You can also check out Bill Decoursey's page at http://members.tripod.com/~Bill_DeCoursey/. Yet another project! Some census material from New York and Pennsylvania. Nan (Nancy) Cole has transcribed some early census records. For what it's worth, a couple of them contain references to the Tietsort families. Related families are also well represented. So check 'em out.

Check out the forms page for Family Group Sheets you can print right from your browser. These are designed to be printed and mailed to someone - or just printed as you need them yourself.