The New York City Marriage Index, 1950-2017 is available for free, online, at NYCMarriageIndex.com, hosted by Reclaim the Records. This is a text-searchable file created by the City Clerk’s Office. There are nearly 5 million marriage licenses in this collection and the database can be downloaded for free.
The New York City Marriage Index is also available for download at Internet Archive.
This is one of the collections obtained by Reclaim the Records, a non-profit group that identifies important genealogical collections at government archives and libraries which should be in the public domain but have been restricted. Reclaim the Records fights to have these records made public and the New York City Marriage Index, 1950-1995 is one example of records they’ve been able to reclaim as free, public content. Donations are accepted to assist Reclaim the Records in their pursuit of free records access.
What Can I Learn from New York City Marriage Records?
These New York City marriage records include:
Full Name of Groom
Full Name of Bride
NYC Borough where license was issued
Year license was issued
Marriage License Number (if you need to order a copy of the marriage license)