New York Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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New York, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Marriage Index
Collection years 1686-1980
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Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City


What is in the Collection?

This index is an electronic index for the years 1686 to 1980. This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

Collection Content

Coverage Table

The Coverage Table shows the places and time periods of the original records in this collection. The table indicates how many records the collection has from each place. 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.

Locality Births and Christenings, 1640-1962 Marriages, 1686-1980 Deaths and Burials, 1795-1952
Albany 5,866 554 241
Bronx 0 0 330
Broome 0 4,022 0
Cattaraugus 718 9,860 157
Cayuga 224 2,923 0
Chautauqua 0 0 10,846
Chemung 0 2,455 0
Chenango 0 3,893 0
Delaware 0 1,502 0
Dutchess 0 293 108
Erie 98,045 26,929 7,464
Franklin 0 4,605 0
Fulton 0 1,241 0
Greene 192 0 0
Herkimer 0 5,253 0
Jefferson 590 5,099 0
Kings 0 0 105,163
Madison 0 0 996
Monroe 0 13,907 0
New York 11,456 7,018 489,026
New York (State) 1,215,973 705,453 56,685
Niagara 6,058 8,563 0
Oneida 0 10,331 0
Onondaga 0 118 0
Ontario 0 2,998 0
Orange 1,826 4,990 103
Orleans 187 137 329
Oswego 633 6,000 0
Otsego 459 0 0
Putnam 0 1,949 0
Queens 4,376 0 22,246
Richmond 0 2,631 4,601
Rockland 163 0 0
Saratoga 345 0 0
Schenectady 460 233 0
St. Lawrence 2,058 9,136 1,356
Suffolk 115 0 0
Tioga 0 2,856 0
Tompkins 290 9,785 0
Ulster 0 4,922 0
Washington 0 0 1,299
Wayne 1,132 0 0
Westchester 0 271 446
Total 1,351,166 859,927 701,396

Coverage Map

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of New York marriages, click here.

For details about the contents of these records and help using them see the wiki article Marriages Vital Record Index Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records).

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

County marriage entries usually contain some or all of the following:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Name and age of groom
  • Birthplace and birthdate of groom
  • Names of groom's parents
  • Name and age of bride
  • Birthplace of and birthdate of bride
  • Names of bride's parents

How Do I Search the Collection?

To use these records it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person at the time of marriage
  • The name of the intended spouse
  • Other identifying information such as the approximate marriage date and place

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
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.

Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection

Each entry in this index has a source listed which includes a batch number. You will need to trace the batch number for the individual entry to learn its source. Please see the following wiki articles for more information on batch numbers:

If an FHL film number is given in the entry for your ancestor, search for it in the FamilySearch Catalog.

What Do I Do Next?

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.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • 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.
  • 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.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.

For a summary of this information see the wiki article United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records).

Citing this Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. 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. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

"New York, Marriages, 1686-1980." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.


Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for New York Marriages, 1686-1980.

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