New York County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Collection Time Period  ==
 
 
The dates covered by this collection are 1908 through 1935.
 
  
 
== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
The records are arranged by county, then by volume and year range. The form varies between register style and certificate style. County clerks usually used the same printed form during the same time periods.  
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The collection consists of an index and images of county marriage records or marriage licenses for the state of New York. The collection includes marriage records for 45 counties and marriage licenses for 34 counties. It does not include New York City or its boroughs. The collection covers the years 1908 through 1935.  
  
New York began statewide registration of births, marriages, and deaths in 1880-81 under the supervision of the state and local boards of health. Compliance with the law was incomplete until 1900 or even later; therefore, certificates are lacking for many events.&nbsp;
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For a list of localities currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//familysearch.org/records/collection/1618491/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.  
  
New York State began requiring marriage records for each county in 1908. For the period of 1908 through 1935, marriages were recorded with the county clerk, with copies sent to Albany, although some counties do not have marriage records for all of this time period.&nbsp;
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
Marriage records are kept by the clerks of the town or county where the marriage occurred, usually where the bride lived.&nbsp;
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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>
  
The collection does not include New York City or its boroughs.&nbsp;
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{{Collection citation | text= "New York, County Marriages, 1908-1935 ." Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. }}
  
=== Counties Included ===
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==== Coverage Table ====
  
When it was first posted on January 26, 2011, this record collection included marriages from the following counties: Broome, Cattaraugus, Chemung, Delaware, Fulton, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Oneida, Ontario, Orange, Oswego, Putnam, St. Lawrence, Tioga and Warren. The collection does not include New York City or its boroughs.  
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{{Coverage Table Feedback}} A coverage table for this collection is available in the wiki article [[New York County Marriages Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].  
  
=== Citation for This Collection ===
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== Record Content ==
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.  
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Image:New York Marriage Licenses and Certificates DGS License 4534144 282.jpg|Marriage License
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Image:New York Marriage Licenses and Certificates DGS Certificate 4534144 283.jpg|Marriage Certificate
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Image:New York Marriage Licenses and Certificates DGS Combination 4541127 367.jpg|Marriage License and Certificate
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</gallery> New York Counties marriages and licenses usually contain the following:
  
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*Date and place of marriage
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*Name and age of groom
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*Groom's occupation and residence
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*Birthplace of groom
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*Names of groom's parents
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*Name and age of bride
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*Bride's residence
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*Birthplace of bride
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*Names of bride's parents
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*Names of witnesses
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*Name of officiant who performed marriage
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
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== How to Use the Record  ==
  
=== Record Content  ===
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To begin your seach it is helpful to know the following:
  
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*The county where the marriage occurred
Image:New York Marriage Licenses and Certificates DGS License 4534144 282.jpg
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*The names of the bride and groom at the time of marriage
Image:New York Marriage Licenses and Certificates DGS Certificate 4534144 283.jpg
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*The approximate marriage date and place
Image:New York Marriage Licenses and Certificates DGS Combination 4541127 367.jpg
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</gallery> Key genealogical facts that may be found in New York State marriages and licenses include the following:
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*Names of the bride and groom
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==== Search the Collection  ====
*Date and place of marriage
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*Name of the official who performed the marriage
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*Ages
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*Birthplaces and dates
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*Names of the parents
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*Current residences
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*Sometimes the witnesses’ names (possibly relatives or close friends)
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== How to Use the Record  ==
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Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor. Keep in mind:
  
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.  
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.  
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
  
When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:  
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].
 
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*The county where the marriage occurred
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*The name of the person at the time of marriage
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*The approximate marriage date
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*The marriage place
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*The name of the intended spouse
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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. 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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==== Using the Information  ====
  
 
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:  
 
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:  
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*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 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 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.  
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*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
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==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
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*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.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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Keep in mind:
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*The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.
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*There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
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*Obtaining a license when one or both parties were under this age required the consent of a parent or guardian. In that case, a separate form was filed which gave permission for the minor to marry.
  
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
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==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  
For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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==== General Information About These Records ====
  
=== Why This Record Was Created  ===
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The records are arranged by county, then by volume and year range. The form varies between register style and certificate style. County clerks usually used the same printed form during the same time periods.
  
Civil marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to protect the interests of the wife and other heirs.<br>
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New York began statewide registration of births, marriages, and deaths in 1880-81 under the supervision of the state and local boards of health. Compliance with the law was incomplete until 1900 or even later; therefore, certificates are lacking for many events.  
  
=== Record Reliability  ===
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New York State began requiring marriage records for each county in 1908. For the period of 1908 through 1935, marriages were recorded with the county clerk, with copies sent to Albany, although some counties do not have marriage records for all of this time period.
  
The marriage date, marriage place, residence of the bride and groom, and occupations are relatively reliable. Other information, such as age or birthplace, is dependent on the knowledge, memory, and accuracy of the informants, usually the bride and groom.  
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Marriage records are kept by the clerks of the town or county where the marriage occurred, usually where the bride lived.  
  
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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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/1618491/waypoints New York, County Marriages, 1908-1935]  
 
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].
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==== Citation Example for a Record in This Collection:  ====
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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.
  
"New York, County Marriages, 1908-1935." database and digital images, ''FamilySearch'' ([https://www.familysearch.org: https://familysearch.org]); accessed 31 March 2011). &nbsp;John Degroat and Bertha Johnson,30 October 1910; citing Marriage Records, FHL microfilm 829,654; New York State Department of Health, Vital Records Section, Albany, New York.  
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
  
 
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Revision as of 21:47, 26 September 2013

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

Contents

Record Description

The collection consists of an index and images of county marriage records or marriage licenses for the state of New York. The collection includes marriage records for 45 counties and marriage licenses for 34 counties. It does not include New York City or its boroughs. The collection covers the years 1908 through 1935.

For a list of localities currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

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 York, County Marriages, 1908-1935 ." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013.

Coverage Table


A coverage table for this collection is available in the wiki article New York County Marriages Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical Records). 

Record Content

New York Counties marriages and licenses usually contain the following:
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Name and age of groom
  • Groom's occupation and residence
  • Birthplace of groom
  • Names of groom's parents
  • Name and age of bride
  • Bride's residence
  • Birthplace of bride
  • Names of bride's parents
  • Names of witnesses
  • Name of officiant who performed marriage

How to Use the Record

To begin your seach it is helpful to know the following:

  • The county where the marriage occurred
  • The names of the bride and groom at the time of marriage
  • The approximate marriage date and place

Search the Collection

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips.

Using the Information

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.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • 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.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • 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.
  • Obtaining a license when one or both parties were under this age required the consent of a parent or guardian. In that case, a separate form was filed which gave permission for the minor to marry.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • 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.

General Information About These Records

The records are arranged by county, then by volume and year range. The form varies between register style and certificate style. County clerks usually used the same printed form during the same time periods.

New York began statewide registration of births, marriages, and deaths in 1880-81 under the supervision of the state and local boards of health. Compliance with the law was incomplete until 1900 or even later; therefore, certificates are lacking for many events.

New York State began requiring marriage records for each county in 1908. For the period of 1908 through 1935, marriages were recorded with the county clerk, with copies sent to Albany, although some counties do not have marriage records for all of this time period.

Marriage records are kept by the clerks of the town or county where the marriage occurred, usually where the bride lived.

Known Issues with This Collection

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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 York, County Marriages, 1908-1935

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.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.