I thought I would update everyone on some early Arent Isaaczen records.Many of you probably know of the research (by Matthew VanHook I believe) done in the 1990's to try to locate Arent Isaaczen in the Netherlands.This resulted in a letter from Nico Plomp, Deputy Director, Central Bureau of Genealogy at The Hague in the Netherlands.This letter gave all of us insight into Arent Isaaczen's origin as being from "Hooksiel" Germany.
I finally tracked down the original documents backing this letter and have posted them to my web site.These documents are in the Amsterdam City Archives (not at "The Hague") in Amsterdam, Netherlands.I visited there in person about a month ago - but much of this is online now thanks to the Amsterdam Archives document scanning project.
This is Arent's first marriage to Sara van de Client dated 30 Mar 1652.Also showing he was "van Hooksiel," but gives his occupation as a "shoemaker's helper". In this record he was living on "Nieuw Dijk" street (New Dike street).This is one of the oldest streets in Amsterdam (dating from the 1300's) just off the Dam Square.It was (and still is) a major market/business street.
This is Arent's second marriage to Geertje Everts dated 29 January 1655.Similar to the previous record.The nice thing about these marriage banns is that they show the actual signatures of the bride and groom.
These documents were created, then posted on the church doors for 3 weeks to notify everyone of the impending marriage.These were Reformed Dutch church records until 1818 when Napoleon took over the Dutch Republic and consolidated all the various Church records as Municipal records for the city.