New Jersey, County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Collection Time Period  ==
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This collection covers marriages from 1682 to 1956.
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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
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This Collection will include records from 1682 to 1956.<br>
  
 
Marriage information is generally handwritten on sheets of paper. After 1848, information was recorded on pre-printed forms. After 1897, forms were required from the witnesses and the bride and groom requiring additional information.  
 
Marriage information is generally handwritten on sheets of paper. After 1848, information was recorded on pre-printed forms. After 1897, forms were required from the witnesses and the bride and groom requiring additional information.  
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The earliest law requiring marriage registration was in 1673, but few counties complied with the law. Marriages were performed either by a clergyman or justice of the peace. In 1719, law required that marriages have a license or banns published three weeks before the marriage. In the colonial period, it is estimated that most marriages were by banns, but about 25 percent were by license. Some marriage bonds from 1711-1795 do exist. Beginning in 1795, marriages were recorded by county courts of common pleas. State registration of marriages began in May 1848.
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Marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to protect the interests of the wife and other heirs.
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Information included on marriage records is usually considered fairly reliable. Sometimes the bride or groom would lie about their age. If someone other than the groom, a relative or friend applied for the license, he may not have known all the information called for on the license.
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==== Coverage Table  ====
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The Coverage Table shows the places and time periods covered in the indexed records for this collection. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.<br>
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| align="center" style="background: rgb(240, 240, 240);" | '''County'''
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| align="center" style="background: rgb(240, 240, 240);" | '''Years Covered in Index'''
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| Atlantic
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| 1772-1779, 1781-1787, 1789-1793, 1809, 1812-1813, 1817, 1830, 1833-1880, 1884-1887, 1890
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| Bergen
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| 1795-1878, 1905-1907, 1913-1914
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| Burlington
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| 1676-1681, 1683-1705, 1707, 1712-1719, 1721, 1723-1725, 1727-1730, 1732-1734, 1736-1738, 1744-1748, 1750-1763, 1765-1855, 1880-1881, 1899
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| Cape May
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| 1693, 1695, 1697, 1706, 1708-1709, 1713, 1715, 1720, 1722, 1734, 1749-1753, 1756-1758, 1763-1767, 1770-1775, 1778, 1784, 1786, 1791-1793, 1795-1900, 1902, 1904, 1908, 1910-1911, 1914-1915, 1917, 1920, 1927, 1929, 1932, 1937, 1940-1943, 1946
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| Cumberland
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| 1777, 1789-1790, 1795-1880, 1882, 1892, 1898, 1916, 1937, 1939-1940, 1943, 1945-1947, 1952, 1963, 1967
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| Essex
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| 1794-1879, 1883-1885, 1889-1890, 1893, 1897-1910, 1916, 1932, 1981
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| Gloucester
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| 1082, 1660, 1671, 1674, 1679-1680, 1683-1693, 1695-1699, 1701-1878, 1880-1882, 1885-1887, 1889, 1891, 1893, 1897, 1904, 1911, 1916, 1958
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| Hunterdon
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| 1184, 1519, 1632, 1779, 1789-1790, 1793-1881, 1883-1887, 1893-1898, 1908, 1913, 1919, 1929-1930, 1933, 1936, 1940, 1947
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| Mercer
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| 1815, 1832, 1836, 1841, 1843, 1848-1881, 1884, 1886-1887, 1897-1910
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| Middlesex
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| 1788, 1794-1886, 1889-1890, 1892, 1895-1896
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| Monmouth
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| 1701, 1707, 1711, 1720, 1723, 1727-1846, 1848-1879, 1881, 1886
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| Morris
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| 1747, 1775, 1790, 1795-1879, 1881, 1885, 1888, 1892-1893, 1895-1909
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| Ocean
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| 1773, 1826, 1833, 1835-1836, 1838-1845, 1848-1880, 1883, 1890, 1894, 1896, 1899-1906, 1908, 1977
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| Passaic
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| 1826, 1836-1851, 1853-1881, 1883-1887, 1891, 1893
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| Salem
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| 1674, 1677, 1680-1684, 1686-1697, 1699-1708, 1710, 1712, 1714, 1717-1719, 1722-1724, 1726-1728, 1730-1748, 1750, 1752-1753, 1755-1780, 1784-1786, 1790-1883, 1885-1889, 1893-1897, 1899-1901, 1903-1909, 1928, 1937, 1939-1940, 1942-1943, 1945-1956
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| Somerset
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| 1778, 1787-1790, 1794-1882, 1884-1887, 1894, 1897-1910
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| Sussex
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| 1617, 1794-1879, 1896, 1898, 1901-1902, 1909-1910, 1935
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| Union
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| 1850-1852, 1854-1878, 1897, 1903-1910, 1964
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| Warren
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| 1151, 1795-1798, 1803, 1815, 1821, 1823-1879, 1881, 1883, 1885, 1902, 1963
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== Record Content  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
  
[[Image:New Jersey County Marriage Records (10-0103) (10-0111) Example 1 DGS 846905 834.jpg|thumb|right]] [[Image:New Jersey County Marriage Records (10-0103) (10-0111) Example 2 DGS 4541215 187.jpg|thumb|right]] The earlier records usually contain less information, but often include the following:
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Image:New Jersey County Marriage Records (10-0103) (10-0111) Example 1 DGS 846905 834.jpg|Example 1
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Image:New Jersey County Marriage Records (10-0103) (10-0111) Example 2 DGS 4541215 187.jpg|Example 2
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*Name of bride  
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The earlier records usually contain less information, but often include the following:
*Name of groom  
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*Names of the bride and groom  
 
*Date of marriage  
 
*Date of marriage  
 
*County of marriage  
 
*County of marriage  
*Residence of bride and groom
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*Name and title of officiator
  
 
After 1848, the following information is usually included:  
 
After 1848, the following information is usually included:  
  
*Date of marriage  
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*Date and place of marriage  
*Name of bride and groom  
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*Names of the bride and groom  
 
*Age of bride and groom  
 
*Age of bride and groom  
 
*Whether single or widowed  
 
*Whether single or widowed  
*By whom married with their office and residence  
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*Officiator at marriage, their title and residence  
*Residence
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*Where married
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*Names of parents  
 
*Names of parents  
 
*Occupation
 
*Occupation
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After 1897, the following additional information is included:  
 
After 1897, the following additional information is included:  
  
*Number of times previously married and details of previous marriage including whether the marriage was terminated by death or divorce  
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*Number of times previously married  
*Birthplace  
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*Was marriage terminated by death or divorce  
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*Birthplace of the bride and groom
 
*Any impediments to the marriage which might exist  
 
*Any impediments to the marriage which might exist  
*How long the marriage had been contemplated and if the parents were aware of the marriage
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*Parental consent, if required
  
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
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Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the marriage records. Some on-line indexes, such as indexes to FamilySearch Historical Records, will take you directly to an image. Compare the information in the marriage record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
 
Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the marriage records. Some on-line indexes, such as indexes to FamilySearch Historical Records, will take you directly to an image. Compare the information in the marriage record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
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As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
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When you have located your ancestor’s marriage record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.  
 
When you have located your ancestor’s marriage record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.  
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  
== Record History ==
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== Known Issues with This Collection ==
  
The earliest law requiring marriage registration was in 1673, but few counties complied with the law. Marriages were performed either by a clergyman or justice of the peace. In 1719, law required that marriages have a license or banns published three weeks before the marriage. In the colonial period, it is estimated that most marriages were by banns, but about 25 percent were by license. Some marriage bonds from 1711-1795 do exist. Beginning in 1795, marriages were recorded by county courts of common pleas. State registration of marriages began in May 1848.  
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[New Jersey, County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
 
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=== Why the Record Was Created  ===
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Marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to protect the interests of the wife and other heirs.  
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=== Record Reliability  ===
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Information included on marriage records is usually considered fairly reliable. Sometimes the bride or groom would lie about their age. If someone other than the groom, a relative or friend applied for the license, he may not have known all the information called for on the license.  
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== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
  
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[https://wwwnet1.state.nj.us/DOS/Admin/ArchivesDBPortal/Marriage1867.aspx New Jersey State Archives]
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
[[New Jersey Vital Records|New Jersey Vital Records]]  
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*[[New Jersey|New Jersey]]
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*[[New Jersey Vital Records|New Jersey Vital Records]]
  
=== Contributions to This Article  ===
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
  
 
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
  
When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
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Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1803976/waypoints New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682-1956]
  
The format for citing FamilySearch Historical Collections, including how to cite individual archives is found in the following link: [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections|Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]]
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
  
=== Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection  ===
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*United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet ([http://www.familysearch.org www.familysearch.org]: September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
*Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet ([http://www.familysearch.org www.familysearch.org]: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Fernandez Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apóstol, Cuahimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023
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== Citation for This Collection  ==
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>
  
<!--bibdescbegin-->“New Jersey County Marriages 1682-1956,” database, FamilySearch ([http://familysearch.org http://familysearch.org]); from various county courthouses throughout New Jersey. FHL microfilm, 88 reels, Family History Library Salt Lake City, Utah.<!--bibdescend-->
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{{Collection citation | text= "New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682-1956." Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. }}
  
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County clerks in New Jersey. New Jersey, county marriages. State Archives, Trenton, New Jersey.
 
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Revision as of 15:19, 6 June 2014

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Record Description

This Collection will include records from 1682 to 1956.

Marriage information is generally handwritten on sheets of paper. After 1848, information was recorded on pre-printed forms. After 1897, forms were required from the witnesses and the bride and groom requiring additional information.

The earliest law requiring marriage registration was in 1673, but few counties complied with the law. Marriages were performed either by a clergyman or justice of the peace. In 1719, law required that marriages have a license or banns published three weeks before the marriage. In the colonial period, it is estimated that most marriages were by banns, but about 25 percent were by license. Some marriage bonds from 1711-1795 do exist. Beginning in 1795, marriages were recorded by county courts of common pleas. State registration of marriages began in May 1848.

Marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to protect the interests of the wife and other heirs.

Information included on marriage records is usually considered fairly reliable. Sometimes the bride or groom would lie about their age. If someone other than the groom, a relative or friend applied for the license, he may not have known all the information called for on the license.

Coverage Table

The Coverage Table shows the places and time periods covered in the indexed records for this collection. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.

County Years Covered in Index
Atlantic 1772-1779, 1781-1787, 1789-1793, 1809, 1812-1813, 1817, 1830, 1833-1880, 1884-1887, 1890
Bergen 1795-1878, 1905-1907, 1913-1914
Burlington 1676-1681, 1683-1705, 1707, 1712-1719, 1721, 1723-1725, 1727-1730, 1732-1734, 1736-1738, 1744-1748, 1750-1763, 1765-1855, 1880-1881, 1899
Cape May 1693, 1695, 1697, 1706, 1708-1709, 1713, 1715, 1720, 1722, 1734, 1749-1753, 1756-1758, 1763-1767, 1770-1775, 1778, 1784, 1786, 1791-1793, 1795-1900, 1902, 1904, 1908, 1910-1911, 1914-1915, 1917, 1920, 1927, 1929, 1932, 1937, 1940-1943, 1946
Cumberland 1777, 1789-1790, 1795-1880, 1882, 1892, 1898, 1916, 1937, 1939-1940, 1943, 1945-1947, 1952, 1963, 1967
Essex 1794-1879, 1883-1885, 1889-1890, 1893, 1897-1910, 1916, 1932, 1981
Gloucester 1082, 1660, 1671, 1674, 1679-1680, 1683-1693, 1695-1699, 1701-1878, 1880-1882, 1885-1887, 1889, 1891, 1893, 1897, 1904, 1911, 1916, 1958
Hunterdon 1184, 1519, 1632, 1779, 1789-1790, 1793-1881, 1883-1887, 1893-1898, 1908, 1913, 1919, 1929-1930, 1933, 1936, 1940, 1947
Mercer 1815, 1832, 1836, 1841, 1843, 1848-1881, 1884, 1886-1887, 1897-1910
Middlesex 1788, 1794-1886, 1889-1890, 1892, 1895-1896
Monmouth 1701, 1707, 1711, 1720, 1723, 1727-1846, 1848-1879, 1881, 1886
Morris 1747, 1775, 1790, 1795-1879, 1881, 1885, 1888, 1892-1893, 1895-1909
Ocean 1773, 1826, 1833, 1835-1836, 1838-1845, 1848-1880, 1883, 1890, 1894, 1896, 1899-1906, 1908, 1977
Passaic 1826, 1836-1851, 1853-1881, 1883-1887, 1891, 1893
Salem 1674, 1677, 1680-1684, 1686-1697, 1699-1708, 1710, 1712, 1714, 1717-1719, 1722-1724, 1726-1728, 1730-1748, 1750, 1752-1753, 1755-1780, 1784-1786, 1790-1883, 1885-1889, 1893-1897, 1899-1901, 1903-1909, 1928, 1937, 1939-1940, 1942-1943, 1945-1956
Somerset 1778, 1787-1790, 1794-1882, 1884-1887, 1894, 1897-1910
Sussex 1617, 1794-1879, 1896, 1898, 1901-1902, 1909-1910, 1935
Union 1850-1852, 1854-1878, 1897, 1903-1910, 1964
Warren 1151, 1795-1798, 1803, 1815, 1821, 1823-1879, 1881, 1883, 1885, 1902, 1963

Record Content

The earlier records usually contain less information, but often include the following:

  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Date of marriage
  • County of marriage
  • Name and title of officiator

After 1848, the following information is usually included:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Age of bride and groom
  • Whether single or widowed
  • Officiator at marriage, their title and residence
  • Names of parents
  • Occupation

After 1897, the following additional information is included:

  • Number of times previously married
  • Was marriage terminated by death or divorce
  • Birthplace of the bride and groom
  • Any impediments to the marriage which might exist
  • Parental consent, if required

How to Use the Records

Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to marriages make it possible to access a specific marriage record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:

  • The county where the marriage occurred
  • The name of the person at the time of marriage
  • The approximate marriage date
  • The marriage place
  • The name of the intended spouse

Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the marriage records. Some on-line indexes, such as indexes to FamilySearch Historical Records, will take you directly to an image. Compare the information in the marriage record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.

As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.


When you have located your ancestor’s marriage record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

For example:

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
  • Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

Keep in mind:

  • The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.

If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

Known Issues with This Collection

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Related Websites

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682-1956

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.


Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682-1956." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013.

County clerks in New Jersey. New Jersey, county marriages. State Archives, Trenton, New Jersey.