Christian Intelligencer: Death reports of Reformed Dutch Church, 1830-1871 Now Fully Indexed

Drawing/wood engraving of the Reformed (Dutch) Church at 5th Avenue and 48th Street in New York City, published 1879. Public Domain, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.


We have updated the index to Christian Intelligencer: Death reports of Reformed Dutch Church, 1830-1871 so that it is now searchable by first name and last name, location, record type, and family members (where available). The text of these extracted death records published in the Christian Intelligencer newspaper continues to be searchable via Keyword search.

With this update, there are now over 11,000 searchable names in the database. The Christian Intelligencer published death reports from literally around the world, and the database includes reports for 35 of the United States and 30 different countries.

In 1830 the Association of Members of the Reformed Dutch Church in New York City began publishing the Christian Intelligencer. From 1830 to 1871 the paper published notices of death sent by readers across the country. Many of the obituaries contain historical and other information of interest, which was uncommon in newspapers of this era. This database represents seven volumes of death records compiled and edited by Ray C. Sawyer in 1931.

This update is made possible by the efforts of our volunteer Tim Belgrad, Kiera Breitenbach, Pat Harney, Barbara Holt, Meghan McDonagh, Meg Mill, and Liz Odell. If you have some time and would like to get involved in the database digitization and indexing process, please contact Rachel Adams, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator via email at

The original text is part of the R. Stanton Avery Collections, call number Mss 905.

Please note: This database is available to Individual-level and above NEHGS members only. Consider membership.