New York City, 1600s-1800s Marriage Index
About the Data
This data set contains alphabetical listings of more than 410,000 individuals who were married in or near New York City between 1622 and 1899. While over 90% of the marriages included in this data set were recorded in New York City and its boroughs, some were recorded on Long Island or elsewhere in the state. In addition, approximately 300 of the records are from Connecticut or New Jersey.
This data set is a valuable resource because New York's vital record keeping has historically been sporadic. Throughout New York's history, a variety of entities including school districts, city registrars, and county clerks have kept vital records. The records included here have not previously been collected with such detail or convenience. Each listing contains information about a publication in which the marriage was referenced and many include marriage certificate numbers. For each listed individual, information you can obtain includes his or her marriage date and the county in which the marriage was recorded. You can also learn where to find more detailed information about the marriage.
This data set has been produced in collaboration with the Genealogical Research Library under the supervision of Noel Elliot. Many of the source documents are available in their collection.
More About this Data Set
While great effort has been taken to eliminate duplicate records from this data set, some records are entered more than once. Each of these listings may include slightly different information. In such cases, you should look at the conflicting information and make a determination of which record is correct based on further research or complementary family history information you may already have. You'll generally learn the following information about an ancestor included in this data set:
Name You'll find the individual's given name, surname, and, if available, middle initial. A question mark after a name indicates that the name spelling was unclear. You may also occasionally find the same record listed in the index under two different name spellings. Please note that unusual and uncertain names were not always noted by question marks, so be sure to check under various spellings if you are having trouble locating a name.
Spouse For most of the records, learn the name of the individual's spouse. Due to the nature of some original records, however, individuals may be listed without a spouse. This does not necessarily mean that the spouse is excluded from this data set, but that the original records' features prevented linking the two individuals. If this information is unavailable, an individual's spouse will be listed as "???,???."
An individual's spouse is listed as "???,???" in the following cases:
Marriage date This indicates the date that the marriage took place.
County This is the county in which the marriage was recorded. In most cases, this is also the county in which the marriage took place.
Marriage identification number This number was assigned by the Genealogical Research Library to link the marriage record of a husband and wife.
Certificate number These numbers were assigned annually to marriage certificates within a county. Since the numbers were reassigned each year, they can repeat within a county annually. For example, a particular number may be assigned to one certificate in 1853 and to a different certificate in 1854.
On occasion, a character in a certificate number was illegible on the original record. In these cases, a question mark has been substituted for the number. If you are searching for a spouse using a certificate number that contains question marks, you will want to substitute digits for the question marks in order to perform a complete search. For example, if a groom is listed without a bride and his certificate number is "22?6," you will want to perform a search on marriage certificate numbers "2206," "2216," "2226," etc.
Additionally, some certificate numbers begin with "DE" (for example, DE58304). This signifies that the recording of the marriage was delayed for one to two years. A marriage that occurred in 1877, for example, may not have been recorded until 1878 or 1879 even though the original record will list the marriage year as 1877. To locate the original record, you would need to search in catalogs compiled one or two years after the actual marriage date.
Publication information This includes the title, page number, place and/or year, and author of the publication in which the original record of the marriage can be found. With the other information listed, you should be able to reference an individual quickly and easily using the original publication's index, even though page numbers may not have been available.
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