Understanding the organization of New York City Marriage records (1850’s)

Can you look up marriage records in New York?

You can obtain a Marriage Record by appearing at the appropriate City Clerk office in person or mailing in a completed application. You may also use City Clerk Online to fill out an application which you can print and bring to one of the City Clerk’s offices in person for completion.

When did New York start keeping marriage records?

New York began statewide registration of births, marriages, and deaths (“vital records”) in 1880-81, under supervision of the State and local boards of health. Compliance with the law was incomplete until 1913 or even later; therefore certificates are lacking for many events.

How do I look up marriage records?

Places to look for Marriage Records

  1. Church records of marriages.
  2. City and County civil registrations.
  3. Family Bibles and personal histories.
  4. Google and other web site search sites, and don’t forget to search Google Books.
  5. Locating United States Vital Records.
  6. Newspapers often listed articles about marriages.

Where can I find free marriage records in USA?

The state office for vital records, or the state equivalent, provides access to marriage license records and issues official and certified copies of marriage documents to persons authorized by law to obtain them.

Are NYC marriage records public?

All about NYC marriage records. New York City marriage records that are more than fifty years old are considered to be public documents, and all basic marriage index files are open to the public without any year restrictions.

How do I find public records for free?

Check your county clerk’s website.

Type your county’s name and “criminal records” or “civil court records” into a search engine to find these records. Search for records using the appellate’s name, defendant’s name or the case number.

What is reclaim the records?

We’re Reclaim The Records, a new not-for-profit activist group of genealogists, historians, researchers, and open government advocates. We identify important genealogical records sets that ought to be in the public domain but which are being wrongly restricted by government archives, libraries, and agencies.

What is a letter of exemplification?

Exemplification means “an attested copy of a document, under official seal” and the Exemplification Letter does exactly that -attests that the attached birth or death certificate is a true certified copy. The reason for issuing a Letter of Exemplification is mere convenience.

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