Several of the State's larger cities recorded vital events for varying periods of time prior to ; see below for more information. An law required the school districts in each town to collect vital statistics. They ceased doing so after a few years.
However, some of New York States most significant cities maintained their own collections of vital records before It's free, public, open data. With an exact date from your records or the index above , you can order a copy of the marriage record for a fee from the following locations:. Post marriage records are held by the borough offices of the New York City Clerk. Make a Donation to Reclaim The Records Too many government agencies and archives have long treated genealogists as if we were asking them for a favor when we ask to see their records — our records — rather than recognizing their responsibilities to the public under the law.
The indexes cover the entire state outside of New York City and start in June deaths or marriages and births. Birth indexes are made available after 75 years, marriage and death indexes after 50 years. Birth indexes have been made available through only.
An index entry states only the name of the person, date and place of event, and State certificate number. The data in the indexes is not available in electronic format, except for death indexes made available for download from the State Department of Health. These datasets start in and are posted after 50 years. The indexes do include vital events in the former towns of Kings County prior to their annexation by the City of Brooklyn in the s and '90s; in portions of Westchester County prior to their annexation by New York City in ; and in Richmond County Staten Island and the western portion of Queens County prior to their incorporation into the City of New York, January 1, The indexes do not include births and deaths in Albany, Buffalo, and Yonkers prior to , or marriages in those cities prior to Contact the local registrar of vital statistics in those cities for information about earlier records.
The birth indexes do not include original data for adopted infants. The birth and death indexes do include data on individuals who were born or died in a state facility such as a prison or mental hospital. Copies of the micro fiche index to vital records certificates held by the NYS Department of Health are located at the following locations:. Transcription, reproduction, loan, or sale of the indexes is not permitted.
The data in the indexes is not available in electronic format for on-line access, with the few exceptions mentioned above.
Requests for genealogy copies of birth, marriage, and death certificates held by the New York State Department of Health may be dropped off at the New York State Archives or at:. Local registrars of vital statistics town, village, city, or consolidated county district hold registers of births, marriages, and deaths or for recent decades, duplicate certificates.
Records for former towns in Kings County usually commence ; some of those towns have vital records for the later s. Long Island City records start in Post marriage records are held by the borough offices of the New York City Clerk. For addresses of borough offices, contact:. For further information contact the city clerk's office. Some county clerks hold marriage records for the period ca. Learn more about U. Marriage Records.
Before , no marriages were recorded by New York's county, city, town, or village governments. The Secretary of the Province of New York issued approximately 20, marriage licenses before In most cases during this time period, you will need to search substitute records to locate your ancestors' marriage date and place.
Substitutes for marriage record information:. In , New York State passed a law requiring marriages to be reported. It quickly fell into disfavor and few communities reported marriages after with many discontinuing after the time period. Extant records for this time period are either held by the local village, town, or city clerk or by the county clerk. Try 1st : Determine if the records from your village, town, city, or county have been microfilmed by FamilySearch.
Try 2nd : Order a copy of the marriage record from the village, town, or city clerk. To locate contact information, search for the village, town, or city in the FamilySearch Research Wiki. Note that in some counties the county clerk holds all marriage records for this time period. If you do not want to order the marriage record, you can search other records with marriage information. If you do not know the village, town, or city of marriage, learn more about the family using census, land, probate, and church records.
After the failure of the law, no marriages were recorded by the State of New York between and though some cities including Albany, Buffalo, Yonkers started recording marriages in the s. Some records for this period are available in the following Findmypast collection:. Try also searching substitute records to locate your ancestor's marriage date and place. Learn how to access records kept by Albany, Buffalo, and Yonkers from the s.
Starting in , New York required that village, town, and city clerks record marriages. Copies of these marriages were then filed with the State Department of Health. Due to earlier city laws, copies of marriages recorded in Albany, Buffalo, and Yonkers were not sent to the State between and The New York Archives as well as nine other repositories in New York hold copies of microfiche indexes to marriages certificates.
Contact one of these ten repositories listed on the State Archives website to search the index. With an exact date from your records or the index above , you can order a copy of the marriage record for a fee from the following locations:. See list of restrictions for ordering marriage records if you don't want to order the marriage record, you can search other records with marriage information.
Buffalo Marriages records for the time period can be ordered from the Buffalo City Clerk. See list of restrictions for ordering marriage records.
Starting in , marriage records including those from Albany, Buffalo, and Yonkers could be only be filed with a town or city clerk. Copies of marriage records were then filed with county who sent them on to the state. Since the counties did not always forward the marriage records on to the state, some towns and villages stopped sending their marriages to the county in , , , or Copies can be obtained either through the town or city clerk where the marriage took place, through the county, or through the Department of Health.
Most of the records filed with the counties area also available from FamilySearch.