The NYC Marriage License Index
Marriage Licenses, New York City 1950-1995
This is a database of an index to 3,124,595 marriage licenses filed in New York City between 1950-1995. This index is the result of the work of the Reclaim The Records group (https://www.reclaimtherecords.org). Images of the printed index can be found at: https://archive.org/details/
The marriage license is a three-page document set originally issued by the City Clerk's Office.
Licenses from 1908 through 1949 are at the New York City Municipal Archives.
The marriage licenses represented by this 1950-1995 index database are available from the New York City Clerk's Office (http://cityclerk.nyc.gov/html/marriage/records.shtml). A Marriage Record older than 50 years from today's date is considered a historic record and is available to the general public. Marriage Records created within 50 years from today's date are restricted; See the City Clerk web site, above, for the details.
Marriage Licenses, Richmond 1908-1938, 29,361 records.
The original hand-written index to the Richmond marriage licenses has many, many errors and much missing information. It is missing over 100 marriages for which we could not find a groom, and over 700 for which there is no bride; especially in the earlier years. There are more than 170 instances where the index register has the same license number shown for two different marriages. There are over 400 missing license numbers in this index.
In creating this index when a bride was indicated without a groom (and vice versa) an attempt was made to see if there is an entry in the marriage certificate database. In many of these cases a marriage certificate could not be found in any New York City borough. If a match was found the missing spouse was added to this index: 155 grooms and 302 brides were added.
In view of all of the above, be very careful about how you will use this information. It appears that many of the marriages licenses were either never consummated in a marriage ceremony, or the marriage occurred outside of New York City.
Records Search: NYC Marriage Licenses
Please note that the Surname (e.g. Last Name) is a required entry field. But since exact spellings are not always known, to aid your search we offer three different ways to specify Surnames...
- Exact Match ("is exactly") - This is the default surname search method.
- Soundex ("sounds like") - This option enables you to specify a surname spelling it out as best you can, and it will return results that "sound" similar to what you spelled out.
- Wild Card - With this option you can replace part of the surname with a * to match any number of letters, or _ to match a single letter. E.g., Sch* will return all names starting with Sch. Similarly, Schl_tz might return results such as Schlitz or Schlotz.
NOTE: The wild card option applies ONLY to the surname. You can just enter the fist few letters of a First Name; the search automatically adds a wild card to the end of the First Name.
For whichever of the above surname search options you would like to use, simply select the appropriate radio button option below the input field on the form. Although the additional form fields are optional, providing as much information as you can helps narrow your search. The more specific your search, the less time you need spend scrolling through search results!
New York City 1950-1990:
The German Genealogy Group wishes to thank the "Reclaim The Records" group, who obtained and made available the index to these records!
Richmond Licenses 1908-1938:
And thank you to the following volunteers:
Barbara Abrams * Marie Arena * Meg Assip * Carol Aivazian * Dick Bernard * Bernadette Bono * Warren Bosch * Ethel Buebendorf *
Susan Callahan * Kristin Campbell * Renee Capitaniao * Larry Carroll * Patricia Carter * Mary Anne Chiariello * Bob Clancy * Christine Clark * Carol Cook * Wayne Coleman * Belinda Dapice * Michelle DeAmelio * Kim DeFalco * Dianne Delitto * Donald Eckerle * Robin Ehlich * Bill Fenton *
George Ferguson * Kathy Field * Eve Fowler * Bill Hennigan * Patricia Hervey * Marie Inglee * Dale Jacobi * Ken Kennedy * Jean King *
JoAnn Kronenfeld * Robert Landau * Cristina Laszcz * Kerry Neely * Lynne Schneider * Eileen Swanberg * Mark Waldron * Hildegarde Weigel