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Many US jurisdictions did not keep vital records as we know them today. If they did, these were incomplete until the early 20th century. As a substitute, genealogists have searched old bibles, US census records, and newspaper marriage notices.

By indexing the marriage notices of three major New York newspapers, The Brooklyn Eagle, The New York Herald and The New York World, findmypast is now able to provide searchable records of marriages that took place in the city between 1835 and 1880.

This collection includes nearly 125,000 marriages reported in newspapers throughout New York City. The contents vary, but records often include the date of the newspaper, marriage, names of the minister and groom, residence of the groom, name of the groom’s parents, place of marriage, name and residence of the bride, and the bride’s parents.