How to Find New York Marriage Records

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''[[How to Find United States Marriage Records|Finding United States Marriages]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[New York|New York]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''New York Marriages'''  
 
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''[[How to Find United States Marriage Records|Finding United States Marriages]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''New York Marriages''' ''  
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Looking for a marriage record from New York State as part of your genealogy research? New York State briefly kept mnarriage records from 1847 to about 1850 and started recording marriages again in 1881. Copies of all records can obtained from the town or city of birth or by contacting the state archives.  
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Looking for a marriage record from New York State as part of your genealogy research? New York State briefly kept marriage records from '''1847 to about 1850''' and started recording marriages again in '''1881'''. Copies of all records can obtained from the town or city of birth or by contacting the state archives.  
  
New York City keeps marriage records separately from New York State. Learn more about finding [[How to Find New York City Marriage Records|marriage records from New York City]].  
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{{Tip|'''New York City''' keeps marriage records separately from New York State. Learn more about finding [[How to Find New York City Marriage Records|marriage records from New York City]].}}
  
 
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find New York Marriage Records#Marriages_from_1881_thru_1907|1881 thru 1907]]'''</span>  
 
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find New York Marriage Records#Marriages_from_1908_thru_1935|1908 thru 1935]]'''</span>  
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Estimate United States Marriage Information|Marriage year unknown]]'''</span>
 
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== '''Marriages before 1847'''  ==
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== '''Marriages Before 1847'''  ==
  
Before 1847, no marriages were recorded by New York State. You will need to search substitute records to locate your ancestors' marriage date and place. Substitutes for marriage record information:  
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Before 1847, no marriages were recorded by New York's county, city, town, or village governments. The Secretary of the Province of New York issued approximately 20,000 marriage licenses before 1784.
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[[Gretna Greens in the United States|Search for Gretna Greens]]-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive. <br> [[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|Search other records]] with marriage information.
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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:  
  
 
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| [[New York Church Records|Church Records]]<br>[[New York Newspapers|Newspapers]]<br>[[New York Military Records|Military Records]]<br>[[United States Obituaries|Obituaries]]  
 
| [[New York Census|Census Records]]<br>  
 
| [[New York Census|Census Records]]<br>  
[[New York Cemeteries|Cemetery Records]]<br>[[New York Vital Records|Death Records]]<br>[[New York Bible Records|Bible Records]]  
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[[New York Cemeteries|Cemetery Records]]<br>[[How to Find New York Death Records|Death Records]]<br>[[New York Bible Records|Bible Records]]  
  
 
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== '''Marriages from 1847 thru 1850'''  ==
 
== '''Marriages from 1847 thru 1850'''  ==
  
In 1847, New York State passed a law requiring that doctors and midwives report births, marriages, and deaths to the trustees of local school districts. Due to the complexities of this law, it quickly fell into disfavor and few communities reported marriages after 1850 (with many discontinuing after the 1847-1848 time period). Extant records for this time period are either held by the local village, town, or city clerk or by the county clerk.  
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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). Extant records for this time period are either held by the local village, town, or city clerk or by the county clerk.  
  
 
'''PART A: You know the village, town, or city of marriage'''  
 
'''PART A: You know the village, town, or city of marriage'''  
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== '''Marriages from 1851 thru 1880'''  ==
 
== '''Marriages from 1851 thru 1880'''  ==
  
After the failure of the 1847 law, no marriages were recorded by the State of New York between 1850 and 1880 though some cities (including Albany, Buffalo, Yonkers) started recording marriages in the 1870s. Try searching [[Marriage Information Substitute Records|substitute records]] to locate your ancestor's marriage date and place.  
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After the failure of the 1847 law, no marriages were recorded by the State of New York between 1850 and 1880 though some cities (including Albany, Buffalo, Yonkers) started recording marriages in the 1870s. Try searching [[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|substitute records]] to locate your ancestor's marriage date and place.  
  
 
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| [[New York Church Records|Church Records]]<br>[[New York Newspapers|Newspapers]]<br>[[New York Military Records|Military Records]]<br>[[United States Obituaries|Obituaries]]  
 
| [[New York Census|Census Records]]<br>  
 
| [[New York Census|Census Records]]<br>  
[[New York Cemeteries|Cemetery Records]]<br>[[New York Vital Records|Death Records]]<br>[[New York Bible Records|Bible Records]]  
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[[New York Cemeteries|Cemetery Records]]<br>[[How to Find New York Death Records|Death Records]]<br>[[New York Bible Records|Bible Records]]  
  
 
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[[How to Find New York Marriage Records#Marriages_Between_1881_and_1907|Learn how ]] to access records kept by Albany, Buffalo, and Yonkers from the 1870s.  
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[[How_to_Find_New_York_Marriage_Records#Marriages in Albany (city), Buffalo, or Yonkers|Learn how]] to access records kept by Albany, Buffalo, and Yonkers from the 1870s.  
 
<center>[[How to Find New York Marriage Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_marriage_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another marriage year]]</center>  
 
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== '''Marriages from 1881 thru 1913'''  ==
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== '''Marriages from 1881 thru 1907'''  ==
  
Starting in 1881, New York required that village, town, and city clerks record marriages. Copies of these marriages were then filed with the State Department of Health. Due to earlier city laws, marriages recorded in Albany, Buffalo, and Yonkers were not copied to the State between 1881 and 1914.  
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Starting in 1881, New York required that village, town, and city clerks record marriages. Copies of these marriages were then filed with the State Department of Health. Due to earlier city laws, copies of marriages recorded in Albany, Buffalo, and Yonkers were not sent to the State between 1881 and 1914.  
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==== '''Marriages in New York State (except Albany, Buffalo, and Yonkers)'''  ====
 
==== '''Marriages in New York State (except Albany, Buffalo, and Yonkers)'''  ====
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With an exact date (from your records or the index above), you can order a copy of the marriage record for a fee from the following locations:  
 
With an exact date (from your records or the index above), you can order a copy of the marriage record for a fee from the following locations:  
  
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| May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state  
 
| May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state  
 
| Individual clerks may not be aware of state laws regarding record availability  
 
| Individual clerks may not be aware of state laws regarding record availability  
| Offers a standard search covering 1-3 years with additional years with the option to increase the number of years searched for an additional fee  
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| Offers a standard search covering 1-3 years with additional years with the option to increase the number of years searched for an additional fee; expedited orders through [https://www.vitalchek.com/marriage-records/new-york/ny-state-vital-records VitalChek]
 
| May take more than eight months to fulfill a request
 
| May take more than eight months to fulfill a request
 
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See [[How to Find New York Marriage Records#Restrictions_for_Obtaining_Marriage_Records|list of restrictions]] for ordering marriage records <br>
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See [[How to Find New York Marriage Records#Restrictions_for_Obtaining_Marriage_Records|list of restrictions]] for ordering marriage records <br> if you don't want to order the marriage record, you can search [[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|other records with marriage information]].  
if you don't want to order the marriage record, you can search [[Substitute Records For United States Marriage Information|other records with marriage information]].  
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==== '''Marriages in Albany (city), Buffalo, or Yonkers'''  ====
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== '''Marriages in Albany (city), Buffalo, or Yonkers'''  ==
  
''Albany'' <br> Marriage records for the 1870-1914 time period can be ordered from the [http://www.albanyny.gov/Government/Departments/CityClerk/VitalStatistics.aspx Albany City Clerk].  
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''Albany'' <br> Marriage records for the 1870-1914 time period can be ordered from the [http://www.albanyny.gov/Government/Departments/CityClerk/VitalStatistics.aspx Albany City Clerk] and the [http://www.albanycounty.com/Libraries/Hall_of_Records/ResearchRequestForm.sflb.ashx Albany County Hall of Records]
  
 
''Buffalo'' <br> Marriages records for the 1878-1914 time period can be ordered from the [http://www.ci.buffalo.ny.us/Home/City_Departments/City_Clerk/BirthDeathMarriageRecords Buffalo City Clerk].  
 
''Buffalo'' <br> Marriages records for the 1878-1914 time period can be ordered from the [http://www.ci.buffalo.ny.us/Home/City_Departments/City_Clerk/BirthDeathMarriageRecords Buffalo City Clerk].  
  
''Yonkers'' <br> Marriages records can be ordered from the [http://www.cityofyonkers.com/Index.aspx?page=59 Yonkers City Clerk].  
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''Yonkers'' <br> Marriages records can be ordered from the [http://38.106.5.176/play/departments-a-f/city-clerk/certificates-licenses-and-permits/genealogical-research City of Yonkers, NY Genealogical Research].  
  
 
See [[How to Find New York Marriage Records#Restrictions_for_Obtaining_Marriage_Records|list of restrictions]] for ordering marriage records  
 
See [[How to Find New York Marriage Records#Restrictions_for_Obtaining_Marriage_Records|list of restrictions]] for ordering marriage records  
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== '''Births from 1914 thru 1938'''  ==
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== '''Marriages from 1908 thru 1935'''  ==
  
After 1914, copies of all birth records (except New York City) were filed with the New York Department of Health. Copies can be obtained either through the village, town, or city clerk where the birth took place or by contacting the Department of Health.  
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Starting in 1908, marriage records (including those from Albany, Buffalo, and Yonkers) could be only be filed with a town or city clerk. Copies of marriage records were then filed with county who sent them on to the state. Since the counties did not always forward the marriage records on to the state, some towns and villages stopped sending their marriages to the county in 1915, 1922, 1926, or 1935. Copies of all marriages records (except New York City) were filed with the New York Department of Health. Copies can be obtained either through the town or city clerk where the marriage took place, through the county, or through the Department of Health. Most of the records filed with the counties area also available from FamilySearch
  
 
===== STEP ONE - Search the Index  =====
 
===== STEP ONE - Search the Index  =====
  
The [http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/research/res_topics_gen_vitalstats.shtml New York Archives] as well as nine other repositories in New York hold copies of microfiche indexes to birth certificates. Contact one of these ten repositories (listed on the State Archives website) to search the index.  
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| width="30%" | FamilySearch, Marriages, 1686-1980
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| width="70%" align="left" colspan="2" | {{RecordSearch|1680847|On FamilySearch}}; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years
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| align="center" | 768,885
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| width="30%" | '''No marriage record for your ancestor?'''
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|
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[[Gretna Greens in the United States|Search for Gretna Greens]]-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive. <br> [[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|Search other records]] with marriage information.  
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===== STEP TWO - Obtain the Certificate  =====
 
===== STEP TWO - Obtain the Certificate  =====
  
With an exact date (from your records or the index above), you can order a copy of the birth record for a fee from the following locations:  
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With an exact date (from your records or the index above), you can order a copy of the marriage record for a fee from the following locations:  
  
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | From village/town/city of marriage (search the Research Wiki for contact info)  
 
| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://www.health.ny.gov/vital_records/genealogy.htm From NY Dept of Health State office]
 
| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://www.health.ny.gov/vital_records/genealogy.htm From NY Dept of Health State office]
 
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| May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state  
 
| May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state  
 
| Individual clerks may not be aware of state laws regarding record availability  
 
| Individual clerks may not be aware of state laws regarding record availability  
| Offers a standard search covering 1-3 years with additional years with the option to increase the number of years searched for an additional fee  
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| Offers a standard search covering 1-3 years with additional years with the option to increase the number of years searched for an additional fee; expedited orders through [https://www.vitalchek.com/marriage-records/new-york/ny-state-vital-records VitalChek]
 
| May take more than eight months to fulfill a request
 
| May take more than eight months to fulfill a request
 
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See [[How to Find New York Birth Records#Restrictions_for_Obtaining_Birth_Records|list of restrictions]] for ordering birth records If you do not want to order the birth record, you can search [[Substitute Records For United States Birth Information|other records with birth information]].  
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The [http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/research/res_topics_gen_vitalstats.shtml New York Archives] as well as nine other repositories in New York hold copies of microfiche indexes to birth certificates. Contact one of these ten repositories (listed on the State Archives website) to search the index.
<center>[[How to Find New York Birth Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_birth_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another birth year]]</center>  
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See [[How to Find New York Marriage Records#Restrictions_for_Obtaining_Marriage_Records|list of restrictions]] for ordering marriage records If you do not want to order the marriage record, you can search [[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|other records with marriage information]].  
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<center>[[How to Find New York Marriage Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_marriage_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another marriage year]]</center>  
 
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== '''Births after 1938'''  ==
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== '''Marriages after 1935'''  ==
  
Births recorded less than seventy-five years ago are only available to direct line descendants who provide proof of their relationship and proof of the death of the person whose birth certificate they are requesting.  
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After 1935, all marriages in New York were recorded by individual town and city clerks. Copies were sent to the state.  
  
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | From village/town/city of marriage (search the Research Wiki county pages for contact info)  
 
| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://www.health.ny.gov/vital_records/genealogy.htm From NY Dept of Health State office]
 
| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://www.health.ny.gov/vital_records/genealogy.htm From NY Dept of Health State office]
 
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| May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state  
 
| May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state  
 
| Individual clerks may not be aware of state laws regarding record availability  
 
| Individual clerks may not be aware of state laws regarding record availability  
| Offers a standard search covering 1-3 years with additional years with the option to increase the number of years searched for an additional fee  
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| Offers a standard search covering 1-3 years with additional years with the option to increase the number of years searched for an additional fee; expedited orders through [https://www.vitalchek.com/marriage-records/new-york/ny-state-vital-records VitalChek]
 
| May take more than eight months to fulfill a request
 
| May take more than eight months to fulfill a request
 
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See [[How to Find New York Birth Records#Restrictions_for_Obtaining_Birth_Records|list of restrictions]] for ordering birth records  
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See [[How to Find New York Marriage Records#Restrictions_for_Obtaining_Marriage_Records|list of restrictions]] for ordering marriage records  
  
If you do not want to order the birth record, you can search [[Substitute Records For United States Birth Information|other records with birth information]].  
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If you do not want to order the marriage record, you can search [[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|other records with marriage information]].  
<center>[[How to Find New York Birth Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_birth_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another birth year]]</center>  
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<center>[[How to Find New York Marriage Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_marriage_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another marriage year]]</center>  
 
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To obtain a certified copy of the birth certificate for those born within the last 75 years, you must be:  
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To obtain a marriage certificate copy for a marriage that occurred within the past 50 years, you must be:  
  
*The person named on the birth certificate  
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*The person named on the marriage certificate  
*A parent of the person named on the birth certificate (requesting parent's name must be on birth certificate)
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*Persons who have a documented judicial or other proper purpose
*Spouse, child, or other person by order of a New York State Court
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*Persons by order of a New York State Court
  
An uncertified copy of a birth certificate issued within the last seventy-five years is available to a direct-line descendant who provides
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Restrictions are waived if both spouses are deceased.
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Finding United States Marriages Gotoarrow.png New York Gotoarrow.png New York Marriages

Looking for a marriage record from New York State as part of your genealogy research? New York State briefly kept marriage records from 1847 to about 1850 and started recording marriages again in 1881. Copies of all records can obtained from the town or city of birth or by contacting the state archives.

Next Step: When did the marriage occur?

Choose a time period:

Learn more about U.S. Marriage Records

Marriages Before 1847

Before 1847, no marriages were recorded by New York's county, city, town, or village governments. 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 from 1847 thru 1850

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). Extant records for this time period are either held by the local village, town, or city clerk or by the county clerk.

PART A: You know the village, town, or city of marriage

Try 1st:
Determine if the records from your village, town, city, or county have been microfilmed by FamilySearch. Search the Catalog for both village/town/city and county and then order available microfilm copies to your local Family History Center.

Try 2nd:
Order a copy of the marriage record from the village, town, or city clerk. To locate contact information, search for the village, town, or city in the FamilySearch Research Wiki. Note that in some counties the county clerk holds all marriage records for this time period.

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

PART B: You do not know the village, town, or city of marriage

If you do not know the village, town, or city of marriage, learn more about the family using census, land, probate, and church records.

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Marriages from 1851 thru 1880

After the failure of the 1847 law, no marriages were recorded by the State of New York between 1850 and 1880 though some cities (including Albany, Buffalo, Yonkers) started recording marriages in the 1870s. Try searching substitute records to locate your ancestor's marriage date and place.

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

Cemetery Records
Death Records
Bible Records

Learn how to access records kept by Albany, Buffalo, and Yonkers from the 1870s.

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Marriages from 1881 thru 1907

Starting in 1881, New York required that village, town, and city clerks record marriages. Copies of these marriages were then filed with the State Department of Health. Due to earlier city laws, copies of marriages recorded in Albany, Buffalo, and Yonkers were not sent to the State between 1881 and 1914.

Marriage Indexes
Database Name-Index Only Link or links to access database # of records
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1686-1980 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 768,885

Marriages in New York State (except Albany, Buffalo, and Yonkers)

STEP ONE - Search the Index

The New York Archives as well as nine other repositories in New York hold copies of microfiche indexes to marriages certificates. Contact one of these ten repositories (listed on the State Archives website) to search the index.

STEP TWO - Obtain the Certificate

With an exact date (from your records or the index above), you can order a copy of the marriage record for a fee from the following locations:

To Order Marriage Certificates
From village/town/city of marriage (search the Research Wiki for contact info) From NY Dept of Health State office
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state Individual clerks may not be aware of state laws regarding record availability Offers a standard search covering 1-3 years with additional years with the option to increase the number of years searched for an additional fee; expedited orders through VitalChek May take more than eight months to fulfill a request

See list of restrictions for ordering marriage records
if you don't want to order the marriage record, you can search other records with marriage information.

Marriages in Albany (city), Buffalo, or Yonkers

Albany
Marriage records for the 1870-1914 time period can be ordered from the Albany City Clerk and the Albany County Hall of Records

Buffalo
Marriages records for the 1878-1914 time period can be ordered from the Buffalo City Clerk.

Yonkers
Marriages records can be ordered from the City of Yonkers, NY Genealogical Research.

See list of restrictions for ordering marriage records

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Marriages from 1908 thru 1935

Starting in 1908, marriage records (including those from Albany, Buffalo, and Yonkers) could be only be filed with a town or city clerk. Copies of marriage records were then filed with county who sent them on to the state. Since the counties did not always forward the marriage records on to the state, some towns and villages stopped sending their marriages to the county in 1915, 1922, 1926, or 1935. Copies of all marriages records (except New York City) were filed with the New York Department of Health. Copies can be obtained either through the town or city clerk where the marriage took place, through the county, or through the Department of Health. Most of the records filed with the counties area also available from FamilySearch

STEP ONE - Search the Index
Marriage Indexes and Digital Images
Database Name - Index and Image Link or links to access database # of records
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1908-1935 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 636,587
If you do not locate the marriage in the above, try:
Database Name-Index Only Link or links to access database # of records
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1686-1980 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 768,885
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 Certificate

With an exact date (from your records or the index above), you can order a copy of the marriage record for a fee from the following locations:

To Order Marriage Certificates
From village/town/city of marriage (search the Research Wiki for contact info) From NY Dept of Health State office
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state Individual clerks may not be aware of state laws regarding record availability Offers a standard search covering 1-3 years with additional years with the option to increase the number of years searched for an additional fee; expedited orders through VitalChek May take more than eight months to fulfill a request

The New York Archives as well as nine other repositories in New York hold copies of microfiche indexes to birth certificates. Contact one of these ten repositories (listed on the State Archives website) to search the index.

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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Marriages after 1935

After 1935, all marriages in New York were recorded by individual town and city clerks. Copies were sent to the state.

To Order Marriage Certificates
From village/town/city of marriage (search the Research Wiki county pages for contact info) From NY Dept of Health State office
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state Individual clerks may not be aware of state laws regarding record availability Offers a standard search covering 1-3 years with additional years with the option to increase the number of years searched for an additional fee; expedited orders through VitalChek May take more than eight months to fulfill a request

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.

Return to top: Choose another marriage year


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.

Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year

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