New York Marriages, 1686-1980 is a free collection at FamilySearch and is a name index for marriage records in New York State. This index includes more than 700,000 names. Searches can be made by first or last name.

You’ll need to be logged in with a free FamilySearch account to search these records. It’s easy to register for a free account at FamilySearch.

These records were taken from:

  • Civil Registrations

  • Indexed Church Records

  • LDS Web Indexing

This collection is not complete for any area or time period.


What Can I Learn from New York Marriage Records?

These New York marriage records may include:

  • Full Name of Bride

  • Full Name of Groom

  • Marriage Date and Place

  • Birth Year of Bride and Groom

  • Age of Bride and Groom

  • Name of Bride’s Parents

  • Name of Groom’s Parents

  • There may be an image of the original document attached


How Can Marriage Records Help Me Find Other Records?

With New York Marriage Records information you can:

  • Use the Bride or Groom’s age or birth date and marriage place to look for possible birth records for the Bride or Groom in this area.

  • Use the name of the officiator as a clue to their religious affiliation and search for more records with that religion’s archive.

  • Use the names and marriage place to find the Bride or Groom in a state or federal census with their families.

  • Compile family group sheets with the information you glean from censuses and search for birth, marriage, and death dates for each family member.

  • Use the parents’ names and Bride & Groom’s place of marriage to search for these families in a local city directory

    • learn about the parents’ employment from a city directory search

  • Use the Bride and Groom’s place of marriage and Parents’ names to search for any tax or court records

  • Use the names you find to look for draft registration records or military service records.


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