Hillsdale Reformed Dutch Church: Columbia County Genealogy

Learn about Columbia County genealogy records associated with the Dutch Reformed Church and cemetery in Hillsdale, New York.

Also known as the Krum Church, the Hillsdale Reformed Dutch Church was formed in 1776. The name Krum seems to have derived from the association of the Krum family, whose property was in close proximity to the church.

At first, the church building serviced both Lutheran and Reformed congregations, and was known as the Reformed Lutheran Unity Church. Around 1806 or 1808, the church was reorganized as the Reformed Dutch Church of Hillsdale. Due to the formation of other Reformed churches in the neighboring town of Claverack, the membership of the Krum Church dwindled. The church was formally dissolved in 1851.

The church building was lost many years ago, but the cemetery is still in existence today.

Krum Church cemetery, Hillsdale, Columbia County, New York
Krum Church Cemetery

Hillsdale Reformed Dutch Church Genealogy Resources

Birth Record Krum Church
  • Available Krum Church records span from 1776 to 1849 and include transcriptions of
    • Baptisms
    • Marriages
    • Lists of congregants

The gravestones within the Krum Church Cemetery not only document dates of death, but a great deal of them provide ages at death, making calculation of birth years possible.

Krum Church cemetery, Hillsdale, Columbia County, New York

In addition, many of the inscriptions document family relationships, identifying wives, husbands, sons, and daughters.

The image to the left is the gravestone for “Caty, wife of Abraham Rivenburgh died Dec 28, 1837 aged 45 years 4 mos & 16 days

Although most of the gravestones are in poor condition, about 75 of the graves have been documented on the Find A Grave website.

Krum Church cemetery, Hillsdale, Columbia County, New York

Inscriptions and epitaphs were also transcribed in a publication produced about 50 years ago and contain information on just over 110 gravestones that were visible at that time.

To the right: “In memory of Charity Hall daughter of John and Phebe Becker who died Dec 1, 1827

The combination of these church and cemetery resources provide invaluable genealogical information on the early settlers of this part of Columbia County.

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3 thoughts on “Hillsdale Reformed Dutch Church: Columbia County Genealogy

  1. Hello.
    I am seeking a possible Hillsdale Church marriage record between Martin Haner and Elisabeth Williams, probably occurring between 1780 and 1793.
    Their two known children had Hillsdale baptism records: Martin Haner Jr in 1793, and Isaac in 1799.
    Therefore I also wonder if Martin (Sr) and Elisabeth may have been listed congregants in that timeframe.
    Thank you for your time.

    1. Hi Adam,

      In your comment, you didn’t mention a specific church in Hillsdale. There are Dutch Reformed Church records available on Ancestry.com: https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6961/.

      I am also a moderator for the Columbia County, New York Genealogy Facebook Group. Here is the link if you would like to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/columbiacountynygenealogy. There are currrently just over 200 members, who are also researching their Columbia County ancestors.

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