New York City Marriage License Index

The microfilmed index to the New York City Clerk’s marriage licenses and affidavits from 1908-1929 that is available to researchers at the New York City Municipal Archives is being digitized by the organization Reclaim the Records which intends to make it freely accessible online.

This record set is not the same as the marriage certificates collection. Marriage licenses and affidavits provide such rich details as:

• Witnesses’ addresses
• More specific location of birth for both the bride and the groom; the regular marriage certificate often just lists the country of birth
• Bride and groom’s father’s and mother’s country of birth
• Names of any former spouses of the bride or groom, living or dead; and in the case of divorce, when and where divorce or divorces were granted
• Bride’s occupation

Leslie Corn demonstrates the value of these records in her article “City Clerk’s Marriage Licenses, New York City, 1908-1937: One of 20th-Century Genealogy’s Best Primary Sources” (NYG&B Newsletter, Spring 1999, Addendum March 14, 2003), which is available to NYG&B members as a Research Aid at http://www.NewYorkFamilyHistory.org.

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