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While searching for a 1926 NYC Marriage License at the NYC Municipal Archives last week, the luck of the Irish was with me. The three-page license was accompanied by the groom's news-making divorce papers, from his first marriage!
No hint of this was visible in the license microfiche. Since the Archives M.O. is that staff prints all documents, then hands them to researchers on the way out the door, I discovered these divorce papers while riding the train home. BTW it appears that marriage #2 was a Catholic marriage. Another instance of new documents creating new questions.
New York State seals divorce records for 100 years, to the day. Sure, you can check dates of marital actions in the county clerk's office,
but it's nothing like the spicy details.
Genealogy...ya gotta love it!
Are you growing frustrated while navigating NYC Marriage Licenses Indexes 1908-1929 online?*
Here are some observations to alleviate your bleary-eyed woes.
1) GIVEN: Every year for every county is not available...yet. [1930 - 1951 is promised.]
2) Open above link. See "years" column on the right? Click on a year to view indexes exist.
3) A separate Bronx index begins in 1914. Prior to that, search Manhattan.
4) 1936 is fully missing from this list, so far.
5) Some Staten Island indexes cover two years.
6) Once in an index, be cognizant of the months you're searching in the left vertical column.
7) Use your widest screen shot. Grooms on left; brides on right.
**8) When you score a hit, record the YEAR, COUNTY, VOLUME #, LICENSE #, DATE, NAME.
Yes, you can cross reference each hit by searching for the partner next.
Yes, marriage license # and date should match your bride and groom.
9) Shortcut: Search for the most unusual surname first.
10) The licensing county will be the same as the marriage county.
11) Unsure of the location? Search 1st Staten Island, 4th Brooklyn, 5th Manhattan. Smallest first.
12) Buddy up! Ask a genie friend to search one of yours, for one of theirs. [We did this with Emigrant Savings Bank!]
You have some search tips for these licenses? Please post them to all.
* A microfilm version of "marriage license" indexes exists at NYC Muni Archives. Same format, different channel.
** With my more unusual surnames, I do not spend time cross referencing.
@BAMS, 7-24-2016= Do not forward or repost w/o my consent.
May be of interest to your county as 6,055 New York State individuals
identify their residence as being in 446 DIFFERENT cities, towns and
villages throughout New York State.
Marriage Notices Appearing in
1797 - 1860
An index to 6,177 marriage notices covering 12,354 names that were published
in five different Troy, New York newspapers from 1797 to 1860 was created by
staff at the Troy Public Library in 1938 through 1939. The Troy Irish
Genealogy Society was allowed by the Troy Library to scan this book so these
important records could be made available on-line for genealogy researchers.
To see these records go to the TIGS website - www.troyirish.com - click on
PROJECTS and then, under Marriage Records, click on MARRIAGE NOTICES
APPEARING IN TROY NEWSPAPERS.The five different Troy newspapers mentioned in
the introduction to the index were:
Troy Times (See Note)
Note: There were no records for the Troy Times in the index but there were
some records for the Troy Post.
Under "RESOURCES" on the TIGS website, <http://www.troyirish.com>
www.troyirish.com you will also find an informative article, "Newspapering
in Rensselaer County", which identifies which of the above newspapers are
available, on microfilm or hard copy, at the Troy Library.
These historical records are extremely important to genealogy researchers as
all of the records predate New York's 1880 law that required reporting of
marriages. Outside of the marriage location itself, church, justice of the
peace, etc., you will not find these records anywhere else.
Most entries show the name of the bride and groom, the residence (city,
town, village) for both, date of marriage, names of newspapers that reported
the marriage along with the newspaper date, page and column number where you
will find the notice in the appropriate newspaper.
It is important to note that the residence for the bride and groom is not
just Troy, but may cover all areas of New York State, other States and even
While 5,225 of the names showed no indication of residence, those records
where the residence was reported are of interest as they show:
- 68 individuals in 11 foreign countries.
- 984 individuals in 31 other states in 370 DIFFERENT cities, towns and
villages in those states.
- 6,055 New York State individuals in 446 DIFFERENT cities, towns and
villages throughout New York State.
The names of all these DIFFERENT cities, towns and villages along with the
number of individuals from each of them, is also shown in this data base.
Hopefully you will find some of your ancestors in this new data base or in
the almost 350,000 Irish AND Non-Irish names listed in the various
transcription projects on the TIGS website.
TIGS Project Coordinator
Clifton Park, NY
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