ANNOUNCING NEW DATABASE
VOL. III - MARRIAGE INDEX
RENSSELAER COUNTY, NEW YORK
MAY 1918 - APRIL 1920
In addition to the Troy Irish Genealogy Society mailing list, this message is also being
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A. The message can be forwarded to other lists where you feel it would be appropriate.
If posted to any other lists, please copy: seamus(a)nycap.rr.com
B. The largest project the Troy Irish Genealogy Society has undertaken so far is the
automation of the Rensselaer County Marriage Index. This 10 Volume Marriage Index of
Rensselaer County marriages, from 1908 to 1935, has over 60,000 names. Volume I (January
1908-April 1913) with its 5,000 marriages and 10,000 names, was added to the TIGS website
on June 13, 2006. Volume II, (April 1913-May 1918) with another 5,000 marriages and
10,000 names was added to the TIGS website on January 12, 2007. Volume III, (May
1918-April 1920) with another 2,000 marriages and 4,000 names has now been added to the
C. You can view these marriage records by going to the Troy Irish Genealogy website at:
and click on TIGS PROJECTS. It should be noted that
these records, like most of the TIGS data series, cover the general population in the area
and are NOT restricted to Irish surnames.
D. If you are researching relatives with a RENSSELAER COUNTY, NY area connection, you
will be interested in these three on-line, name searchable, records of 24,000 names of
local residents who were married in Rensselaer County, New York. If you live in a nearby
county or even further away, you might want to check out the data base. Take a look at
the data base, you never know what you will find. You may even find an earlier marriage
for your relative that you never knew about.
E. In order to appreciate the marriage index on the TIGS website, you need an
understanding of the set up of the Marriage Index book at the County Clerk's Office.
All marriages, along with complete detailed information on the bride and groom and their
parents, were first entered into the Record of Marriages Book. Brides and Grooms names
were then posted to the Marriage INDEX Book which served as a locating device to find the
complete record in the Record of Marriages Book itself. Without the Marriage Index, you
could not easily locate a name in the Record of Marriages Book. The Marriage Index Book
has SEPARATE pages of data for Brides and SEPARATE pages of data for Grooms. For example,
for the letter "A", there is a page of Brides names beginning with "A"
and ANOTHER page of Grooms names beginning with the letter "A". The data on
each page is limited to the first and last name, a page reference number, a marriage
license number and the date of the marriage. Names of SPOUSES are NOT linked together in
the index. The only linkage to the spouse in the Marriage Index is the marriage number.
F. The TIGS data base has greatly improved the usefulness of the Marriage Index as
1. By using the marriage number, the TIGS Marriage Index now links the names of
the brides AND the grooms on ONE LINE of data, thus providing a much more
useful research tool.
2. Some entries in the Record of Marriages Book were never posted to the Marriage
Index Book. These missing records were identified by TIGS workers and added
to the TIGS Marriage Index.
3. A number of records in the Marriage Index showed only INITIALS for either the
bride or the groom. In many cases TIGS workers were able to determine the
ACTUAL names from the original source documents and added them to the TIGS
4. Several records for grooms names were originally posted to the brides pages of the
Marriage Index Book and a number of brides names were posted to the grooms
pages of the Marriage Index Book. TIGS workers corrected these errors in
developing the TIGS index.
5. A number of transcribing errors when the Marriage Index Book was created were
discovered by TIGS workers and corrected.
6. Last but not least, the TIGS Marriage Index is in strict alphabetical order unlike
original index. For example, on the original index, you may have four or more
lengthy pages of Grooms names ALL beginning with the first two letters
in no order whatsoever.
G. In using the TIGS Marriage Index data base, keep in mind the following:
1. Handwriting in some cases was very difficult to read and there could be some
problems with spelling.
2. It appears that all of the postings to the Vol. III Marriage Index Book show a
office filing date
instead of the date of the marriage. The entry in the Marriage Book itself,
however, will show the
date of the marriage.
3. Remember, the TIGS index is a transcription of the Marriage Index Book and
NOT the Record of Marriages Book itself. It is always possible that the original
source documents, the Affidavit For License To Marry, the Certificate And
Record of Marriage and the Certificate of Consent, (for minors), were not posted
correctly to the Record of Marriages Book, or that entries in the Record of
Marriages Book were not posted correctly to the Marriage Index Book, or that
TIGS transcribers misread the handwriting. If there is a question on any entry,
actual source documents at the County Clerk's Office would have to be
H. In working on Volume 3 of the Marriage Index it was discovered that none of the
original records could be located. Extensive searching has yet to locate these records.
Photocopies of the original Volume 3 marriage documents, therefore, are not available. For
marriage numbers from 10000 to 12000 in Volume 3, the only item available will be a
photocopy of the full detailed record that was posted to the Marriage Record Book FROM the
original documents. The County Clerk's Office has agreed to provide a photocopy of the
Marriage Record Book entry for those names where the original documents are not available.
This photocopy WILL show the correct date of marriage. In order to copy the record, this
very heavy and large book (13 x 19) has to be moved from the basement vault and taken to a
photocopier on the first floor
I. The TIGS website has a PRINTABLE FORM that can be used to request copies from the
Rensselaer County Clerk's Office. Mailing instructions and fees (only $5.00) are on
the request form. There are SEPARATE request forms for Volume 1, Volume 2 and Volume 3.
J. The original pages of the Marriage Index Book were scanned by TIGS members. The
resulting pdf files were then sent to the volunteers working on the project as an
attachment to an email, along with an Excel spreadsheet for data entry. This extensive
data base was made possible by over 30 volunteers from all over the United States.
Volunteer names are shown on the TIGS website.
K. The next step in the Marriage Index Project will be Volume 4 & 5 which are in one
combined index. These 2 volumnes cover another 4,000 records and 8,000 names. If you
want to be added to the list of volunteer transcribers, send an email off list to:
seamus(a)nycap.rr.com with your name, address and telephone number. You will be contacted
when work on Volume 4 & 5 starts shortly.
L. TIGS would like to hear from you if this marriage index was helpful in your family
TIGS Project Coordinator
Clifton Park, NY