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Looking for a marriage record from New York City as part of your genealogy research? On January 1, 1898, the towns located in four counties (New York, Richmond, Queens, and Kings) were consolidated into the five boroughs of New York City (Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island). Prior to this time, New York City referred primarily to Manhattan. Records for the towns that became New York City (prior to 1930) do exist, many of which are held by New York City's Municipal Archives. Later records are held by the New York City Office of the city clerk.

According to New York State law, marriage records for New York City are not filed with the state of New York. Learn how to find New York state marriage records outside New York City

Next Step: When and where did the marriage occur?

Choose a borough and time period:
Manhattan:
Brooklyn:
Queens:
Richmond/Staten Island:
The Bronx:
All Boroughs:

Learn more about U.S. Marriage Records

Marriages before 1829

The Secretary of the Province of New York issued approximately 20,000 marriage licenses before 1784.

Marriage Indexes
Database Name-Index Only Link or links to access database # of records
Ancestry, Marriages, to 1784 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 23,226
Ancestry, Marriages, 1600-1784 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 19,477
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1686-1980 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 768,885
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.

In most cases during this time period, you will need to search substitute records to locate your ancestors' marriage date and place. Substitutes for marriage record information:

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 1829 thru 1865

Try 1st: Register of Marriages - on microfilm 1829 - 1887 FHL films 1671673-1671683 See 1829-1937 - Register of New York City Marriage Records page 3-15 for which film(s) you want. Link works best in Chrome.

There is a groom index for the years 1873 - 1888 on microfilm only. FHL films 1671684-5 See 1829-1937 - Register of New York City Marriage Records page 3-3 for which microfilm you want. Link works best in Chrome.

Register is from the New York Department of Health. The Register has groom, bride, place of birth, age, and place of residence. NO Parents listed. Order copies of microfilm to your local FamilySearch Center

Next Try: Records of Marriages - on microfilm 1830 - 1865 FHL Collection See 1829-1937 - Register of New York City Marriage Records page 3-16 for which microfilm you want. Link works best in Chrome.

1829-1937 - Register of New York City Marriage Records Link works best in Chrome. Records are from the New York County Clerk. This record is a marriage register rather than marriage certificates. Order copies of microfilm to your local FamilySearch Center
Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No marriage record for your ancestor? Other records with marriage information
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Marriages before 1847 (Queens and Staten Island)

The Secretary of the Province of New York issued approximately 20,000 marriage licenses before 1784.

Marriage Indexes
Database Name-Index Only Link or links to access database # of records
Ancestry, Marriages, to 1784 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 23,226
Ancestry, Marriages, 1600-1784 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 19,477
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1686-1980 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 768,885
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.

In most cases during this time period, you will need to search substitute records to locate your ancestors' marriage date and place. Substitutes for marriage record information:

1. Look first in 2. Then search
Church Records
Newspapers
Military Records
Obituaries
Census Records

Cemetery Records
Death Records
Bible Records


Return to top: Choose another marriage year



Marriages 1847 thru 1849 (Queens)

In 1847, New York State passed a law requiring marriages to be reported. It quickly fell into disfavor and few communities reported marriages after 1850 (with many discontinuing after the 1847-1848 time period). Towns records of Queens County were kept from 1847 to 1849. The towns included were Far Rockaway, Flushing Town, Flushing Village, Jamaica Town, Richmond Hill, Rockaway Beach, and Flatbush. The records only have date of marriage, name of couple, residence, clergyman, and age of couple; no parents are listed.

Try: FamilySearch Microfilm: Includes Images

1829-1937 - Register of New York City Marriage Records Link works best in Chrome. See section 4-13 for Queens County marriage records. Free; order copies of microfilm to your local FamilySearch Center
Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No marriage record for your ancestor? Other records with marriage information

STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate

PART A: You know the year and have a certificate number

With a year and a certificate number, you can either order a copy of the FamilySearch microfilm or order a copy of the death record from the New York City Municipal Archives for a fee

To Order Marriage Certificates

Order microfilms found in 1829-1937 Register of New York City Marriage Records


NYC Municipal Archives

Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state Microfilm copies may be hard to read Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee May be more expensive than ordering the microfilm

See list of restrictions for ordering marriage records

If you do not want to order the marriage record, you can search Other records with marriage information

PART B: You don't know the year or have a certificate number

If you do not know the exact year and certificate number, the New York City Municipal Archives will search for the record for a fee.

See list of restrictions for ordering death records

If you do not want to order the marriage record, you can search Search other records with marriage information.

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Marriages 1847 thru 1897 (Richmond and Staten Island)

There are some available marriage records for 1847 to 1897 for Richmond. There are no indexes for those records before 1882. The index from 1882 thru 1897 is available only on microfilm.

Try: FamilySearch Microfilm: Includes Images

1829-1937 - Register of New York City Marriage Records Link works best in Chrome. See sections 5-3 thru 5-6 for Richmond County marriage records indexes. Free; order copies of microfilm to your local FamilySearch Center
Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No marriage record for your ancestor? Other records with marriage information

STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate

PART A: You know the year and have a certificate number

With a year and a certificate number, you can either order a copy of the FamilySearch microfilm or order a copy of the death record from the New York City Municipal Archives for a fee

To Order Marriage Certificates

Order microfilms found in 1829-1937 Register of New York City Marriage Records. Works best in Chrome. See section 5-9 thru 5-13 for Certificate information for Richmond.


NYC Municipal Archives

Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state Microfilm copies may be hard to read Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee May be more expensive than ordering the microfilm

See list of restrictions for ordering marriage records

If you do not want to order the marriage record, you can search Other records with marriage information

PART B: You don't know the year or have a certificate number

If you do not know the exact year and certificate number, the New York City Municipal Archives will search for the record for a fee.

See list of restrictions for ordering death records

If you do not want to order the marriage record, you can search Search other records with marriage information.

Return to top: Choose another marriage year



Marriages 1850 thru 1880 (Queens)

Marriage Indexes
Database Name-Index Only Link or links to access database # of records
Ancestry, Marriages, to 1784 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 23,226
Ancestry, Marriages, 1600-1784 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 19,477
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1686-1980 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 768,885
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.

In most cases during this time period, you will need to search substitute records to locate your ancestors' marriage date and place. Substitutes for marriage record information:

1. Look first in 2. Then search
Church Records
Newspapers
Military Records
Obituaries
Census Records

Cemetery Records
Death Records
Bible Records


Return to top: Choose another marriage year



Marriages before 1864 (Brooklyn)

The Secretary of the Province of New York issued approximately 20,000 marriage licenses before 1784.

Marriage Indexes
Database Name-Index Only Link or links to access database # of records
Ancestry, Marriages, to 1784 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 23,226
Ancestry, Marriages, 1600-1784 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 19,477
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1686-1980 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 768,885
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.

In most cases during this time period, you will need to search substitute records to locate your ancestors' marriage date and place. Substitutes for marriage record information:

1. Look first in 2. Then search
Church Records
Newspapers
Military Records
Obituaries
Census Records

Cemetery Records
Death Records
Bible Records


Return to top: Choose another marriage year



Marriages 1864 thru 1937 (Brooklyn)

An online index for Brooklyn marriages from 1864 thru 1937 does exist. If you do not find your ancestor's marriage or if you want order a copy of the certificate, contact the New York City Municipal Archives.

Try 1st: New York City Marriage Database - Includes Index Only
1864-1937 -from ItalianGen.org Groom index.1871-1937 - from ItalianGen.org Bride index. Free; Indexes grooms in all New York City boroughs from 1908 through 1937 as well as Brooklyn (1864-1907). Indexes Brides in Brooklyn (from 1871-1937); enhanced tools (including a listing of FamilySearch Film Numbers) for searching the collection can be found through 1871-1937 Stevemorse.org Bride index. 1864-1937 Stevemorse.org Groom index.
Next Try: FamilySearch Microfilm: Includes Index and Images

1829-1937 - Register of New York City Marriage Records Link works best in Chrome. See section 2-1 to 2-7 for Brooklyn marriage indexes and records. Free; order copies of microfilm to your local FamilySearch Center
Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No marriage record for your ancestor? Other records with marriage information

STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate

PART A: You know the year and have a certificate number

With a year and a certificate number, you can either order a copy of the FamilySearch microfilm or order a copy of the death record from the New York City Municipal Archives for a fee

To Order Marriage Certificates

Order microfilms found in 1829-1937 Register of New York City Marriage Records


NYC Municipal Archives

Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state Microfilm copies may be hard to read Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee May be more expensive than ordering the microfilm

See list of restrictions for ordering marriage records

If you do not want to order the marriage record, you can search Other records with marriage information

PART B: You don't know the year or have a certificate number

If you do not know the exact year and certificate number, the New York City Municipal Archives will search for the record for a fee.

See list of restrictions for ordering death records

If you do not want to order the marriage record, you can search Search other records with marriage information.


Return to top: Choose another marriage year



Marriages 1866 thru 1937 (Manhattan)

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information

An online index for Manhattan marriages from 1866 thru 1937 does exist. Marriages from earlier time periods are available on microfilm. If you do not find your ancestor's marriage or if you want order a copy of the certificate, contact the New York City Municipal Archives.

Try 1st: New York City Marriage Database - Includes Index Only

1866-1937 from ItalianGen.org Bride index. 1866-1937 from ItalianGen.org Groom index.

Free; Indexes grooms in all New York City boroughs from 1908 through 1937 as well as Manhattan (from 1866-1907), Brooklyn (1864-1907), Richmond (1898-1907), Bronx (1898-1907), and Queens (1905-1907). Indexes Brides in Manhattan (from 1866-1937), Brooklyn (1871-1937), Richmond (1898-1937), Bronx (1899-1937), and Queens (1905-1937); enhanced tools (including a listing of FamilySearch Film Numbers) for searching the collection can be found through 1866-1937 Stevemorse.org Bride index. 1866-1937 Stevemorse.org Groom index.
Next Try: FamilySearch Microfilm: Includes Index and Images

1829-1937 Register of New York City Marriage Records Link works best in Chrome. Free; order copies of microfilm to your local FamilySearch Center
Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No marriage record for your ancestor? Other records with marriage information

STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate

PART A: You know the year and have a certificate number

With a year and a certificate number, you can either order a copy of the FamilySearch microfilm or order a copy of the death record from the New York City Municipal Archives for a fee

To Order Marriage Certificates

Order microfilms found in 1829-1937 Register of New York City Marriage Records


NYC Municipal Archives

Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state Microfilm copies may be hard to read Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee May be more expensive than ordering the microfilm

See list of restrictions for ordering marriage records

If you do not want to order the marriage record, you can search Other records with marriage information

PART B: You don't know the year or have a certificate number

If you do not know the exact year and certificate number, the New York City Municipal Archives will search for the record for a fee.

See list of restrictions for ordering death records

If you do not want to order the marriage record, you can search Search other records with marriage information.

Return to top: Choose another marriage year



Marriages 1881 thru 1937 (Queens)

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information

An online index for Queens marriages from 1905 thru 1937 does exist. Marriages from earlier time periods are available on microfilm. If you do not find your ancestor's marriage or if you want order a copy of the certificate, contact the New York City Municipal Archives.

Try 1st: New York City Marriage Database - Includes Index Only

1905-1937 from ItalianGen.org Bride index. 1905-1937 from ItalianGen.org Groom index.

Free; Indexes grooms in all New York City boroughs from 1908 through 1937 as well as Queens (1905-1907). Indexes Brides in Manhattan (from 1866-1937) as well as Queens (1905-1937); enhanced tools (including a listing of FamilySearch Film Numbers) for searching the collection can be found through 1905-1937 Stevemorse.org Bride index. 1905-1937 Stevemorse.org Groom index.
Next Try: FamilySearch Microfilm: Includes Index and Images

1829-1937 Register of New York City Marriage Records Link works best in Chrome. See section 4-3 and 4-4 for Queens Borough film numbers Free; order copies of microfilm to your local FamilySearch Center
Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No marriage record for your ancestor? Other records with marriage information

STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate

PART A: You know the year and have a certificate number

With a year and a certificate number, you can either order a copy of the FamilySearch microfilm or order a copy of the death record from the New York City Municipal Archives for a fee

To Order Marriage Certificates

Order microfilms found in 1829-1937 Register of New York City Marriage Records Link works best in Chrome. See section 4-9 thru 4-13 for Queens Borough film numbers


NYC Municipal Archives

Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state Microfilm copies may be hard to read Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee May be more expensive than ordering the microfilm

See list of restrictions for ordering marriage records

If you do not want to order the marriage record, you can search Other records with marriage information

PART B: You don't know the year or have a certificate number

If you do not know the exact year and certificate number, the New York City Municipal Archives will search for the record for a fee.

See list of restrictions for ordering death records

If you do not want to order the marriage record, you can search Search other records with marriage information.

Return to top: Choose another marriage year



Marriages 1888 thru 1937

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Marriages before 1898 (Bronx)

The Secretary of the Province of New York issued approximately 20,000 marriage licenses before 1784.

Marriage Indexes
Database Name-Index Only Link or links to access database # of records
Ancestry, Marriages, to 1784 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 23,226
Ancestry, Marriages, 1600-1784 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 19,477
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1686-1980 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 768,885
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.

In most cases during this time period, you will need to search substitute records to locate your ancestors' marriage date and place. Substitutes for marriage record information:

1. Look first in 2. Then search
Church Records
Newspapers
Military Records
Obituaries
Census Records

Cemetery Records
Death Records
Bible Records


Return to top: Choose another marriage year



Marriages 1898 thru 1937 (Richmond and Staten Island and Bronx)

An online index for Richmond and Bronx marriages from 1898 thru 1937 does exist. Marriages from earlier time periods are available on microfilm. If you do not find your ancestor's marriage or if you want order a copy of the certificate, contact the New York City Municipal Archives.

Try 1st: New York City Marriage Database - Includes Index Only

1898-1937 from ItalianGen.org Bride index. 1898-1937 from ItalianGen.org Groom index.

Free; Indexes grooms in all New York City boroughs from 1908 through 1937 as well as Manhattan (from 1866-1907), Brooklyn (1864-1907), Richmond (1898-1907), Bronx (1898-1907), and Queens (1905-1907). Indexes Brides in Manhattan (from 1866-1937), Brooklyn (1871-1937), Richmond (1898-1937), Bronx (1899-1937), and Queens (1905-1937); enhanced tools (including a listing of FamilySearch Film Numbers) for searching the collection can be found through 1898-1937 Stevemorse.org Bride index. 1898-1937 Stevemorse.org Groom index.
Next Try: FamilySearch Microfilm: Includes Index and Images

1829-1937 Register of New York City Marriage Records Link works best in Chrome. See section 5-3 and 5-5 for Richmond Borough marriage index film numbers. See section 1-3 thru 1-5 for Bronx marriage index film numbers. Free; order copies of microfilm to your local FamilySearch Center
Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No marriage record for your ancestor? Other records with marriage information

STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate

PART A: You know the year and have a certificate number

With a year and a certificate number, you can either order a copy of the FamilySearch microfilm or order a copy of the death record from the New York City Municipal Archives for a fee

To Order Marriage Certificates

Order microfilms found in 1829-1937 Register of New York City Marriage Records Link works best in Chrome. See section 5-9 thru 5-13 for Queens Borough marriage record film numbers. See section 1-10 thru 1-14 for Bronx marriage certificate film numbers.


NYC Municipal Archives

Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state Microfilm copies may be hard to read Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee May be more expensive than ordering the microfilm

See list of restrictions for ordering marriage records

If you do not want to order the marriage record, you can search Other records with marriage information

PART B: You don't know the year or have a certificate number

If you do not know the exact year and certificate number, the New York City Municipal Archives will search for the record for a fee.

See list of restrictions for ordering death records

If you do not want to order the marriage record, you can search Search other records with marriage information.

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Marriages 1937 thru present

Marriage Certificates for this time period are held by the Office of the City Clerk and can be ordered for a fee. The order can be made online, or by mail by completing the request and mailing it.

A request may be made in person for a marriage record between 1930 and 1995 at the Record Room Division in the Manhattan Office. A request may be made in person for a marriage record from 1996 to present at any of the office locations.

See list of restrictions for ordering marriage records.

If you do not want to order the marriage record, you can search Other records with marriage information.

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Restrictions for Obtaining Marriage Records

To obtain a marriage certificate copy for a marriage that occurred within the past 50 years, you must be:

  • The person named on the marriage certificate
  • Persons who have a documented judicial or other proper purpose
  • Persons by order of a New York State Court

Restrictions are waived if both spouses are deceased.

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