New York, Church and Civil Marriages, 1704-1995 is a free collection at FamilySearch with an index for selected marriage records in New York between 1704 and 1995.
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What Can I Learn from Marriage Records?
These marriage records may include:
- Name of the groom
- Name of the bride, often including the maiden name
- Name of the officiator
- Names of the parents or guardians of the bride and groom
- Date of the marriage
- Place of marriage
- Birthplaces of the bride and groom
- Residences of the bride and groom
How Can Marriage Records Help Me Find Other Records?
With information from these records you may be able to:
- 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
- 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