Difference between revisions of "How to Find New Jersey Marriage Records"

From FamilySearch Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
(d to m)
(redirected redirect)
Line 119: Line 119:
 
| width="30%" | '''No marriage record for your ancestor?'''  
 
| width="30%" | '''No marriage record for your ancestor?'''  
 
|  
 
|  
[[Gretna Greens in the United States|Search for Gretna Greens]]-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive. <br> [[Marriage Information Substitute Records|Search other records]] with marriage information.  
+
[[Gretna Greens in the United States|Search for Gretna Greens]]-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive. <br> [[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|Search other records]] with marriage information.  
  
 
|}
 
|}

Revision as of 23:34, 3 July 2013


How To Find U.S. Marriage Records go to How To Find New Jersey Marriage Records

Finding New Jersey Marriage Records

Statewide registration of marriages began in 1848, and some earlier records have been extracted from other sources. Records before 1912 are kept at the New Jersey State Archives. From 1913 to the present, marriage records are kept at the New Jersey Office of Vital Statistics. Records from 1848 to the present are also kept by the Local Registrars for individual counties; however, many pre-1910 records have not survived.

Next Step: When did the marriage occur?

Marriage Records
Choose a time period:


Learn more about U.S. Marriage Records

Marriages Before 1848

Statewide registration of deaths began in 1848, and some earlier records have been extracted from other sources. Records before 1912 are kept at the New Jersey State Archives.

For marriages that exist during the time period, try the following databases. Try each link.

Try 1st:

New Jersey Marriages Databases - Includes Index and Images


1682-1956 - At FamilySearch.org Free; name index of county marriage records for New Jersey. Due to contract restrictions images from some counties may not be available for view.
New Jersey Marriages Databases - Index Only


1678-1985 - At FamilySearch.org Free; Name index to marriage records from the state of New Jersey. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed.




1665-1799 at New Jersey State Archives
Free Index, $ to order copies. Colonial Marriages database.
Try 2nd:

Ancestry Databases - Choose one of the following:


1683-1802 - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center




1683-1802 - use your Ancestry subscription $, To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available for free through your local public library




1684-1895 - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center




1684-1895 - use your Ancestry subscription $, To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available for free through your local public library



Can't access Ancestry? Visit your local Family History Center or your local public library.
No marriage record for your ancestor?

Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.
Search other records with marriage information.


If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases above, try searching for marriage information in other records.

1. Look first in 2. Then search
Church Records

Newspapers
Military Records
Obituaries

Census Records

Cemetery Records
Death Records
Bible Records



Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year

Marriages 1848 thru 1912

For marriages that exist during the time period, try the following databases. Try each link.

New Jersey Deaths Databases - Includes Index and Images

Try 1st:


1682-1956 - At FamilySearch.org Free; name index of county marriage records for New Jersey. Due to contract restrictions images from some counties may not be available for view.
New Jersey Deaths Databases - Index Only


1678-1985 - At FamilySearch.org Free; Name index to marriage records from the state of New Jersey. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed.
Try 2nd:


May 1848-May 1878 at New Jersey State Archives
Free Index, $ to order copies; marriages filed with the Secretary of State from May 1848 through 31 May 1878.





1848-1912 at New Jersey State Archives $ to order copies of marriage records.



Ancestry Databases - Choose one of the following:


1683-1802 - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center




1683-1802 - use your Ancestry subscription $, To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available for free through your local public library




1684-1895 - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center




1684-1895 - use your Ancestry subscription $, To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available for free through your local public library



Can't access Ancestry? Visit your local Family History Center or your local public library.
No marriage record for your ancestor?

Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.
Search other records with marriage information.


If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases above, try searching for marriage information in other records.

1. Look first in 2. Then search
Church Records

Newspapers
Military Records
Obituaries

Census Records

Cemetery Records
Death Records
Bible Records


Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year

Marriages 1913 to the present

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information
New Jersey Deaths Databases - Includes Index and Images




1682-1956 - At FamilySearch.org Free; name index of county marriage records for New Jersey. Due to contract restrictions images from some counties may not be available for view.
New Jersey Deaths Databases - Index Only


1678-1985 - At FamilySearch.org Free; Name index to marriage records from the state of New Jersey. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed.
No marriage record for your ancestor?

Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.
Search other records with marriage information.

STEP TWO: Obtain the Record

PART A: You know the exact date and place of marriage from your records or the above indexes. Marriage records may be requested from the New Jersey Department of Health OR the County Registrar where the marriage occurred. For genealogical purposes, the marriage must have taken place more than 50 years ago and both parties must be deceased. Otherwise, proof of relationship is required to obtain the record.


To Order Marriage Certificates
Local County Registrar New Jersey Department of Health
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state County websites can be more difficult to use Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee
May be more expensive than ordering from the county


PART B: You don't know the exact date or place of marriage

  • If you know the county of marriage, you can request a search for the marriage date for a fee from the Local County Registrar.
  • If you don't know the date or county of marriage, you can try searching for marriage information in other records.
Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year

Wiki Articles