How to Find New York Marriage Records

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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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Between 1784 (the end of the American Revolution) and 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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Finding United States Marriages 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 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.

New York City keeps marriage records separately from New York State. Learn more about finding marriage records from New York City.

Next Step: When did the marriage occur?

Choose a time period:

Learn more about U.S. Marriage Records


Marriages 1784-1847

Between 1784 (the end of the American Revolution) and 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:

1. Look first in 2. Then search
New York 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 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.

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
New York 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, marriages recorded in Albany, Buffalo, and Yonkers were not copied to the State between 1881 and 1914.

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 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.

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 Yonkers City Clerk.

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 the state. Since the counties did not always forward the marriage records onto 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

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.

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:

To Order Birth Certificates
From village/town/city of birth (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 May take more than eight months to fulfill a request

See list of restrictions for ordering birth records If you do not want to order the birth record, you can search other records with birth information.

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Marriages after 1935

After 1935, all marriages in New York were recorded with individual town and city clerks with copies filed with the state.

To Order Marriage Records
From town or city of birth (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 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.

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Restrictions for Obtaining Birth Records

To obtain a certified copy of the birth certificate for those born within the last 75 years, you must be:

  • The person named on the birth certificate
  • A parent of the person named on the birth certificate (requesting parent's name must be on birth certificate)
  • Spouse, child, or other person 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

  • Proof of their relationship to the person whose birth certificate they are requesting
  • Proof of the death of the person whose birth certificate they are requesting