Fort Orange

A.K.A.: Beverwyck (Beverwijk), Albany (modern name)
Location: Current state capitol of New York
Background Information: In 1614, the Dutch built Fort Nassau on Castle Island in the Hudson River near present-day Albany. It was destroyed by floods in 1617. In 1624, the first settlers of New Netherland arrived and many settled at the newly built Fort Orange. In 1626, in compliance with the Director-General Pieter Minuit, many of the settlers left Fort Orange and went to the new Fort Amsterdam (in present-day Manhattan). In 1652, the village adjacent to Fort Orange was named Beverwyck.

Sources

Baptismal and Marriage Records:
Records of the Reformed Dutch Church of Albany, New York, 16831809, Excerpted from Year Books of the Holland Society of New York- http://aleph0.clarku.edu/~djoyce/gen/albany/refchurch.html

Records of the Reformed Dutch Church of Albany, N.Y., 1683-1809, Year Books 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1922/23, 1924/25, 1926/27, reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978.

Court, Land, and Other Civil Records:
Gehring, Charles T. (ed.), Fort Orange Court Minutes, 1652-1660, Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, c 1990.

Gehring, Charles T. (ed.), Fort Orange Records, 1656-1678, Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2000.

Van Laer, A.J.F. (ed.), Minutes of the Court of Albany, Rensselaerswyck and Schenactady, 1668-1685, Albany: University of the State of New York, 1926-32.

Pearson, Jonathan (ed.), Early records of the city and county of Albany, and colony of Rensselaerswyck (1656-1675), Albany: J. Munsell, 1869.

Websites:
Colonial Albany Social History Project- http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/albany/


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