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Finding New Jersey Marriage Records

  • Statewide registration of marriages began in 1848; earlier records have been collected from other sources.
  • Records before 1912 are kept at the New Jersey State Archives.
  • From 1913 to the present, marriage records are kept at the New Jersey Office of Vital Statistics.
  • Records from 1848 to the present are also kept by the local registrars for individual counties; however, many local pre-1910 records have not survived.

Next Step: When did the marriage occur?

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Marriages Before 1848

  • Statewide registration of marriages began in 1848; earlier records have been collected from other sources.
  • Records before 1912 are kept at the New Jersey State Archives.
Marriage Indexes and Digital Images
Database Name - Index and Image Link or links to access database # of records
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1682-1956 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years; due to contract restrictions, images from some counties may not be viewed. 300,071
If you do not locate the marriage in the above, try:
Database Name-Index Only Link or links to access database # of records
NJ State Archives, Marriage Index, 1665-1799 1665-1799 at New Jersey State Archives; free index; $ to order copies. 23,064
Ancestry, Marriages, 1665-1800 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 27,582
FamilySearch, Marriage Index, 1678-1985 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years; due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. 802,437
Ancestry, Marriages, 1683-1802 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 26,952
Ancestry, Marriages, 1684-1895 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 48,711
Can't access Ancestry? Visit your local Family History Center or your local public library.
No marriage record for your ancestor?

Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.

If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases above, try searching for marriage information in other records:

1. Look first in 2. Then search
Church Records

Newspapers
Military Records
Obituaries

Census Records

Cemetery Records
Death Records
Bible Records

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Marriages 1848 thru 1912

  • Statewide registration of marriages began in 1848
  • Records before 1912 are kept at the New Jersey State Archives
  • Records from 1848 to the present are also kept by the Local Registrars for individual counties; however, many local pre-1910 records have not survived

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information in Index

Marriage Indexes and Digital Images
Database Name - Index and Image Link or links to access database # of records
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1682-1956 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years; due to contract restrictions, images from some counties may not be viewed. 300,071
If you do not locate the marriage in the above, try:
Database Name-Index Only Link or links to access database # of records
NJ State Archives, Marriage Index, 1848-1878 1848-1878 at New Jersey State Archives; free index; marriages filed with the Secretary of State from May 1848 through 31 May 1878. 294,534
FamilySearch, Marriage Index, 1678-1985 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years; due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. 802,437
Ancestry, Marriages, 1684-1895 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 48,711
Can't access Ancestry? Visit your local Family History Center or your local public library.
No marriage record for your ancestor?

Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.
Search other records with marriage information.

STEP TWO: Obtain the Record

If you did not find your ancestor in the above database, follow the instructions below:

PART A: You don't know the exact date or place of marriage

PART B: You know the exact date and place of marriage from your records

OR

  • View a copy of a marriage record on microfilm at a Family Search Center:

Some images of county marriage records may be available on microfilm at your local Family Search Center. If you know the approximate date and county where the marriage took place, use the Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) to see what is available.

  • Search the FHLC by county.
  • Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.
  • For a small fee, order the microfilm to view at a local FamilySearch Center.
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Marriages 1913 to Present

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information in Index

Marriage Indexes and Digital Images
Database Name - Index and Image Link or links to access database # of records
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1682-1956 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years; due to contract restrictions, images from some counties may not be viewed. 300,071
If you do not locate the marriage in the above, try:
Database Name-Index Only Link or links to access database # of records
FamilySearch, Marriage Index, 1678-1985 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years; due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. 802,437
Can't access Ancestry? Visit your local Family History Center or your local public library.
No marriage record for your ancestor?

Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.
Search other records with marriage information.

STEP TWO: Obtain the Record

PART A: You know the exact date and place of marriage from your records or the above indexes. Marriage records may be requested from the New Jersey Department of Health OR the County Registrar where the marriage occurred. For genealogical purposes, the marriage must have taken place more than 50 years ago and both parties must be deceased. Otherwise, proof of relationship is required to obtain the record.


To Order Marriage Certificates
Local County Registrar New Jersey Department of Health
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state County websites can be more difficult to use Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee
May be more expensive than ordering from the county


PART B: You don't know the exact date or place of marriage

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