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New York City Marriage Licenses 1930–1949 now open for research at the NYC Municipal Archives

The New York City Municipal Archives (31 Chambers Street, Room 103) has received the 1930–1949 marriage licenses from the New York City Clerk’s Marriage Bureau. As of today, these important materials are available to the public in the reference room.

Previously researchers were required to request these records from the Marriage Bureau on Worth Street.

The marriage license records can contain a wealth of information as described by Leslie Corn 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 (now New York Researcher), Spring 1999. Members can view an updated version (2003) published as a Research Aid article on the NYG&B website.

Can’t visit the New York City Municipal Archives in person? The NYG&B’s Mini-Search service can help! Discover how to access these records through the NYG&B Mini-Search.

Looking to learn more about the records at the New York City Municipal Archives? Check out the NYG&B’s latest research guide series, New York City Municipal Archives: An Authorized Guide for Family Historians.

Happy Researching!

Additional New York Newspapers Digitized

GenealogyBank has added six New York titles and updated a New Jersey newspaper in their collection:

New Jersey Jersey City Jersey Journal 2/22/1967 12/15/1969
New York Brooklyn Bay News & Brooklyn Graphic New! 5/2/2008 Current
New York Brooklyn Bay Ridge Courier New! 8/11/2011 Current
New York Brooklyn Brooklyn Courier New! 5/2/2008 Current
New York Brooklyn Kings Courier New! 9/30/2011 Current
New York Brooklyn Mill-Marine Courier New! 5/2/2008 Current
New York New York East Villager New! 12/16/2010 Current

NYG&B Research Session at the NYC Municipal Archives

Several places in Friday’s research session are available. The topics covered will be “Beyond the Basics,” including a discussion of Almshouse records, the City Cemetery records, the Bodies in Transit, 1859-1894, and  more. Many of these records are unique to the Archives, although some have been indexed elsewhere.

To reserve your ticket click here for our online store or call our office at 212-755-8532 x211.

John Martino

Guest post from Terry Koch-Bostic


I was greatly saddened to hear about John’s Martino’s passing Monday morning, November 30th. He was quite ill the last six months or so and many of us had a chance to see him, call him or write to him and share our concern for him as his health deteriorated. But this was still very difficult news to hear. His enthusiasm, sense of humor and special brand of warmth will be missed by all who knew him. Arrangements are still pending.


John is a hero of mine. He had a great love of history and genealogy, as well as spunk, conviction and vision. Leading the charge, John along with Don Eckerle and Bob Boeckle, motivated thousands of volunteers from GGG, IGG, the Long Island Genealogy Federation and beyond to create the free, digitized indexes to databases for New York City (1847 to 1948) and Long Island vital records and naturalizations (over 16 million records). This monumental project is still ongoing after more than ten years. These indexes have given family historians all over the United States and the World much needed clues to find their family’s records.


In 2014, John, Don and Bob were recognized for their work by the National Genealogical Society. They were presented the NGS 2014 Award of Merit at the NGS Family History Conference in Richmond, Virginia.


Right up to his last days, John wanted to be involved in his team’s ongoing projects. He wouldn’t rest, always thinking of all the work to be done. Please consider making a donation in John’s name at the IGG or the GGG website to continue the work he loved and we have greatly benefited from. You can also honor John by volunteering to help with a project by contacting Don Eckerle through the GGG



Terry Koch-Bostic

APG-NY Chapter Representative, Association of Professional Genealogists, and National Genealogical Society Board of Directors


Note: Other projects John and these gifted and generous people have given to the field of New York history and genealogy are listed below and still growing. See the databases on the Italian Genealogical Group’s website,, and the German Genealogy Group’s website, For both websites, click on databases on the left side.

Join the NYG&B at #GenGen, October 24

We will be at #GenGen (formerly the Genealogy Event) at the Scandinavia House on Saturday, October 24, where Sue Miller, Director of Education, will be on two panels. The new event format focuses on panel discussions, small group roundtables, and a social event on Saturday evening. Sunday, October 25, is all about GENetic GENealogy with talks by Janine Cloud of FamilyTreeDNA and Shellee Morehead.

#GenGen opens at 10 am on Saturday, and the first NYG&B panel is at 12:45 pm,  Unique/Lesser Known Records (Part 2). The second NYG&B panel will cover Genealogy/History Societies at 2:45 pm.  On Sunday, the event opens at noon.

Tickets are on sale now. For more information, see

New Probate Collections on

Two new probate collections are available on The first is titled New York, Wills and Probate Records, 1659-1999 and includes at least some records for 59 counties. The second is titled New York County, New York, Wills and Probate Records, 1658-1880 (NYSA), is browsable, but not indexed. Both collections include descriptions of the source material. Researchers are advised that these records may not be complete and additional research may be necessary.*2|1*35&