12 April 2016

New York City marriage Records Indexes 1908-1929 online & FREE to access

I’m happy to report that the “fruits” of that victory are starting to show up on the Internet Archive.

As reported in the most recent newsletter (remember that you can sign up to receive the Reclaim the Records newsletter to receive the latest news) ...

Reclaim the Records is very pleased to announce that the index to the New York City Clerk's Office marriage records (the application, affidavit, and license) for 1908-1929 is now online and open for public use.

There are no logins required, no paywalls, no copyrights, and no usage restrictions.  The index is now free and open data, forever.

39 of the 48 microfilms are now online at the Internet Archive, and the remaining nine films will be put online throughout the next few weeks.

This includes (so far) 48 items scanned from 39 microfilms:
·        MANHATTAN 1908-1929
·        BROOKLYN 1908-1929
·        BRONX 1914-1917

Coming soon are the final nine microfilms:
·        BRONX 1918-1929
·        QUEENS 1908-1930
·        STATEN ISLAND 1908-1938

Essentially you are able to look at digitized microfilm images of these indexes.  Once an entry of interest is found, you can then order the document.  Read very carefully the intro page to a particular index, for example the one for Brooklyn 1919, as you are provided with exact and detailed instructions on how to place an order. With more than one kind of marriage record extant, you want to make sure that you request the correct one.

Did you find a “happy couple” from your family in the index records?

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