New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940 is a free collection at FamilySearch of almost 2 million marriage records from boroughs of New York City, New York including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and Richmond. This index links to images of the marriage records.
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What Can I Learn from Marriage Records?
- Name and age of groom
- Name and age of bride
- Date and place of marriage
- Groom’s residence
- Birthplace of groom
- Names of groom’s parents
- Bride’s residence
- Birthplace of bride
- Names of bride’s parents
- Names of witnesses
- Name of officiant who performed marriage
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
- Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records
- The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion
- 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