We’re happy to announce that over 6 million records from the New York City Marriages collection, are now online! The index includes given names and surnames of both bride and groom, the year of the license application, and the license numbers of over 3 million marriage licenses filed at the New York City Clerk Offices in the five boroughs from 1950 to 1995.
This collection has been indexed by the not-for-profit organization Reclaim the Records. Led by genealogist Brooke Schreier Ganz — with other genealogists, historians, researchers, and open government advocates — this group works tirelessly to get public data released into the public domain. Their goal is to “put [records] online, for free, for everyone.”
The group collects information about archivally important data sets not available online or on microfilm, and they use Freedom of Information (FOIA) laws in the US and Open Data initiatives to get copies of this information released back to the public. They are documenting everything they learn about filing these requests, and are creating a guide for genealogists, open data fans, and others who want their state, local, and Federal records made more available. Reclaim the Records was the first genealogy group to use this tactic, and it has been wildly successful. In the past year and a half, they have won the public release of over four million new records, none of which had ever been available outside of their previous homes in government agencies and archive buildings.
Brooke is especially excited about the newly indexed collection of New York City Marriages: “This is the first time they’ve ever been online and searchable to the public. They represent a goldmine to anyone researching family who ever applied for a marriage license in New York City — even if they never went through with the actual marriage!”
Marriage records are an important part of an individual’s vital records, and they can be essential for genealogical research. Not only do they offer information about the bride, the groom, and their residence when the marriage occurred, but they often contain additional information such as birth dates, birthplaces, occupations, and whether either partner was single, widowed, or divorced at the time of the marriage. Often a marriage license will also contain information about the parents of the couple, including their names and birthplaces.
We’ve searched this collection to bring you some interesting examples:
In this collection, we were able to locate Rowan Atkinson’s marriage record.
We also found a record for Robert DeNiro’s first marriage to Diahnne Abbott in 1976.
Marriage records are extremely valuable because of the wealth of genealogical content contained. We invite you to search the Index to New York City marriage records, 1950-1995 to see what you discover.
We look forward to hearing about your new family history discoveries!
The MyHeritage Team