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== Record Description  ==
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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
This Collection will include records from 1682 to 1956.<br>
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This article describes multiple collections. These collections are indexes to selected marriage records:
  
Marriage information is generally handwritten on sheets of paper. After 1848, information was recorded on pre-printed forms. After 1897, forms were required from the witnesses and the bride and groom requiring additional information.
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== Collection Content ==
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=== Coverage  Map ===
  
The earliest law requiring marriage registration was in 1673, but few counties complied with the law. Marriages were performed either by a clergyman or justice of the peace. In 1719, law required that marriages have a license or banns published three weeks before the marriage. In the colonial period, it is estimated that most marriages were by banns, but about 25 percent were by license. Some marriage bonds from 1711-1795 do exist. Beginning in 1795, marriages were recorded by county courts of common pleas. State registration of marriages began in May 1848.  
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To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/NJ_FRM.html New Jersey marriages, click here].<br>
  
Marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to protect the interests of the wife and other heirs.
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===Coverage Table===
  
Information included on marriage records is usually considered fairly reliable. Sometimes the bride or groom would lie about their age. If someone other than the groom, a relative or friend applied for the license, he may not have known all the information called for on the license.  
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The Coverage Table shows the places and time periods covered in the indexed records for this collection. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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! County !! Years Covered in Index
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| Atlantic
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| 1772-1779, 1781-1787, 1789-1793, 1809, 1812-1813, 1817, 1830, 1833-1880, 1884-1887, 1890
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| Bergen
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| 1795-1878, 1905-1907, 1913-1914
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| Burlington
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| 1676-1681, 1683-1705, 1707, 1712-1719, 1721, 1723-1725, 1727-1730, 1732-1734, 1736-1738, 1744-1748, 1750-1763, 1765-1855, 1880-1881, 1899
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| Cape May
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| 1693, 1695, 1697, 1706, 1708-1709, 1713, 1715, 1720, 1722, 1734, 1749-1753, 1756-1758, 1763-1767, 1770-1775, 1778, 1784, 1786, 1791-1793, 1795-1900, 1902, 1904, 1908, 1910-1911, 1914-1915, 1917, 1920, 1927, 1929, 1932, 1937, 1940-1943, 1946
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| Cumberland
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| 1777, 1789-1790, 1795-1880, 1882, 1892, 1898, 1916, 1937, 1939-1940, 1943, 1945-1947, 1952, 1963, 1967
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| Essex
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| 1794-1879, 1883-1885, 1889-1890, 1893, 1897-1910, 1916, 1932, 1981
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| Gloucester
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| 1082, 1660, 1671, 1674, 1679-1680, 1683-1693, 1695-1699, 1701-1878, 1880-1882, 1885-1887, 1889, 1891, 1893, 1897, 1904, 1911, 1916, 1958
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| Hunterdon
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| 1184, 1519, 1632, 1779, 1789-1790, 1793-1881, 1883-1887, 1893-1898, 1908, 1913, 1919, 1929-1930, 1933, 1936, 1940, 1947
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| Mercer
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| 1815, 1832, 1836, 1841, 1843, 1848-1881, 1884, 1886-1887, 1897-1910
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| Middlesex
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| 1788, 1794-1886, 1889-1890, 1892, 1895-1896
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| Monmouth
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| 1701, 1707, 1711, 1720, 1723, 1727-1846, 1848-1879, 1881, 1886
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| Morris
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| 1747, 1775, 1790, 1795-1879, 1881, 1885, 1888, 1892-1893, 1895-1909
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| Ocean
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| 1773, 1826, 1833, 1835-1836, 1838-1845, 1848-1880, 1883, 1890, 1894, 1896, 1899-1906, 1908, 1977
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| Passaic
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| 1826, 1836-1851, 1853-1881, 1883-1887, 1891, 1893
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| Salem
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| 1674, 1677, 1680-1684, 1686-1697, 1699-1708, 1710, 1712, 1714, 1717-1719, 1722-1724, 1726-1728, 1730-1748, 1750, 1752-1753, 1755-1780, 1784-1786, 1790-1883, 1885-1889, 1893-1897, 1899-1901, 1903-1909, 1928, 1937, 1939-1940, 1942-1943, 1945-1956
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| Somerset
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| 1778, 1787-1790, 1794-1882, 1884-1887, 1894, 1897-1910
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| Sussex
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| 1617, 1794-1879, 1896, 1898, 1901-1902, 1909-1910, 1935
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| Union
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| 1850-1852, 1854-1878, 1897, 1903-1910, 1964
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| Warren
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| 1151, 1795-1798, 1803, 1815, 1821, 1823-1879, 1881, 1883, 1885, 1902, 1963
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>
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Marriage information is generally handwritten on sheets of paper. After 1848, information was recorded on pre-printed forms. After 1897, forms were required from the witnesses and the bride and groom requiring additional information.  
  
<!--bibdescbegin-->County clerks in New Jersey. New Jersey, county marriages. State Archives, Trenton, New Jersey.<!--bibdescend-->
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The earliest law requiring marriage registration was in 1673, but few counties complied with the law. Marriages were performed either by a clergyman or justice of the peace. In 1719, law required that marriages have a license or banns published three weeks before the marriage. In the colonial period, it is estimated that most marriages were by banns, but about 25 percent were by license. Some marriage bonds from 1711-1795 do exist. Beginning in 1795, marriages were recorded by county courts of common pleas. State registration of marriages began in May 1848.
  
[[New Jersey County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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Marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to protect the interests of the wife and other heirs.  
  
== Record Content  ==
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Information included on marriage records is usually considered fairly reliable. Sometimes the bride or groom would lie about their age. If someone other than the groom, a relative or friend applied for the license, he may not have known all the information called for on the license.
  
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== What Can this Collection Tell Me? ==
Image:New Jersey County Marriage Records (10-0103) (10-0111) Example 1 DGS 846905 834.jpg|Example 1
 
Image:New Jersey County Marriage Records (10-0103) (10-0111) Example 2 DGS 4541215 187.jpg|Example 2
 
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The earlier records usually contain less information, but often include the following:  
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The '''earlier records''' usually contain less information, but often include the following:  
  
*Name of bride  
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*Names of the bride and groom  
*Name of groom  
 
 
*Date of marriage  
 
*Date of marriage  
 
*County of marriage  
 
*County of marriage  
*Residence of bride and groom
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*Name and title of officiator
  
After 1848, the following information is usually included:  
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'''After 1848''', the following information is usually included:  
  
*Date of marriage  
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*Date and place of marriage  
*Name of bride and groom  
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*Names of the bride and groom  
 
*Age of bride and groom  
 
*Age of bride and groom  
 
*Whether single or widowed  
 
*Whether single or widowed  
*By whom married with their office and residence  
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*Officiator at marriage, their title and residence  
*Residence
 
*Where married
 
 
*Names of parents  
 
*Names of parents  
 
*Occupation
 
*Occupation
  
After 1897, the following additional information is included:  
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'''After 1897''', the following additional information is included:  
  
*Number of times previously married and details of previous marriage including whether the marriage was terminated by death or divorce  
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*Number of times previously married  
*Birthplace  
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*Was marriage terminated by death or divorce  
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*Birthplace of the bride and groom
 
*Any impediments to the marriage which might exist  
 
*Any impediments to the marriage which might exist  
*How long the marriage had been contemplated and if the parents were aware of the marriage
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*Parental consent, if required
  
== How to Use the Records  ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
  
Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to marriages make it possible to access a specific marriage record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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To begin your search it is helpful to know:
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*Names of the bride and groom
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*Identifying information such as the approximate marriage date and place
  
When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:
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===New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682-1956===
  
*The county where the marriage occurred
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803976?collectionNameFilter=false Collection Page]:'''<br>
*The name of the person at the time of marriage
 
*The approximate marriage date
 
*The marriage place
 
*The name of the intended spouse
 
  
Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the marriage records. Some on-line indexes, such as indexes to FamilySearch Historical Records, will take you directly to an image. Compare the information in the marriage record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.
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'''View images in this collection by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1803976/waypoints Browse Page]:'''<br>To search the collection you need to follow this series of links: <br> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒Select “Digital Folder Number” which takes you to the images
  
When you have located your ancestor’s marriage record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.
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===New Jersey, Marriages, 1670-1980===
  
For example:  
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2365247?collectionNameFilter=false Collection Page]:'''<br>
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'''View images in this collection by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/2365247/waypoints Browse Page]:'''<br>To search the collection you need to follow this series of links: <br> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒Select “Film” which takes you to the images
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Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor. Keep in mind:
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
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*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
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*Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1803976 New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682-1956]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
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When you have located your ancestor’s marriage record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
  
 
*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.  
 
*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.  
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*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.  
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.  
 
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.  
 
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.  
*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
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*Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
*Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.  
 
 
*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.  
 
*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.  
 
*Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
 
*Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
 
*Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.  
 
*Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.  
*Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
 
 
Keep in mind:
 
 
 
 
*The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
 
*The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
 
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.  
 
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.  
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
  
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
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=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now? ===
  
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.  
*Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.  
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.  
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.  
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*Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
  
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
  
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[New Jersey County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
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== Related Websites  ==
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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [https://familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?urlname=New-Jersey-County-Marriages-1682-1956-known-issues&lang=en article]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
  
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== Citing this Collection ==
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.
  
*[[New Jersey|New Jersey]]
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'''Collection Citations'''<br> {{Collection citation | text= "New Jersey, Marriages, 1670-1980." Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. New Jersey Department of State, Trenton, New Jersey.}} <br><br>
*[[New Jersey Vital Records|New Jersey Vital Records]]
 
  
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
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Record Type Marriage Records
Collection years 1670-1980
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Image Visibility

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians.

Some of these images can be viewed online by members of the supporting organization(s), at a family history center near you, or the Family History Library.

For additional information about image restrictions, please see the Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections page.

What is in the Collection?

This article describes multiple collections. These collections are indexes to selected marriage records:

Collection Content

Coverage Map

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of New Jersey marriages, click here.

Coverage Table

The Coverage Table shows the places and time periods covered in the indexed records for this collection. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.

County Years Covered in Index
Atlantic 1772-1779, 1781-1787, 1789-1793, 1809, 1812-1813, 1817, 1830, 1833-1880, 1884-1887, 1890
Bergen 1795-1878, 1905-1907, 1913-1914
Burlington 1676-1681, 1683-1705, 1707, 1712-1719, 1721, 1723-1725, 1727-1730, 1732-1734, 1736-1738, 1744-1748, 1750-1763, 1765-1855, 1880-1881, 1899
Cape May 1693, 1695, 1697, 1706, 1708-1709, 1713, 1715, 1720, 1722, 1734, 1749-1753, 1756-1758, 1763-1767, 1770-1775, 1778, 1784, 1786, 1791-1793, 1795-1900, 1902, 1904, 1908, 1910-1911, 1914-1915, 1917, 1920, 1927, 1929, 1932, 1937, 1940-1943, 1946
Cumberland 1777, 1789-1790, 1795-1880, 1882, 1892, 1898, 1916, 1937, 1939-1940, 1943, 1945-1947, 1952, 1963, 1967
Essex 1794-1879, 1883-1885, 1889-1890, 1893, 1897-1910, 1916, 1932, 1981
Gloucester 1082, 1660, 1671, 1674, 1679-1680, 1683-1693, 1695-1699, 1701-1878, 1880-1882, 1885-1887, 1889, 1891, 1893, 1897, 1904, 1911, 1916, 1958
Hunterdon 1184, 1519, 1632, 1779, 1789-1790, 1793-1881, 1883-1887, 1893-1898, 1908, 1913, 1919, 1929-1930, 1933, 1936, 1940, 1947
Mercer 1815, 1832, 1836, 1841, 1843, 1848-1881, 1884, 1886-1887, 1897-1910
Middlesex 1788, 1794-1886, 1889-1890, 1892, 1895-1896
Monmouth 1701, 1707, 1711, 1720, 1723, 1727-1846, 1848-1879, 1881, 1886
Morris 1747, 1775, 1790, 1795-1879, 1881, 1885, 1888, 1892-1893, 1895-1909
Ocean 1773, 1826, 1833, 1835-1836, 1838-1845, 1848-1880, 1883, 1890, 1894, 1896, 1899-1906, 1908, 1977
Passaic 1826, 1836-1851, 1853-1881, 1883-1887, 1891, 1893
Salem 1674, 1677, 1680-1684, 1686-1697, 1699-1708, 1710, 1712, 1714, 1717-1719, 1722-1724, 1726-1728, 1730-1748, 1750, 1752-1753, 1755-1780, 1784-1786, 1790-1883, 1885-1889, 1893-1897, 1899-1901, 1903-1909, 1928, 1937, 1939-1940, 1942-1943, 1945-1956
Somerset 1778, 1787-1790, 1794-1882, 1884-1887, 1894, 1897-1910
Sussex 1617, 1794-1879, 1896, 1898, 1901-1902, 1909-1910, 1935
Union 1850-1852, 1854-1878, 1897, 1903-1910, 1964
Warren 1151, 1795-1798, 1803, 1815, 1821, 1823-1879, 1881, 1883, 1885, 1902, 1963

Marriage information is generally handwritten on sheets of paper. After 1848, information was recorded on pre-printed forms. After 1897, forms were required from the witnesses and the bride and groom requiring additional information.

The earliest law requiring marriage registration was in 1673, but few counties complied with the law. Marriages were performed either by a clergyman or justice of the peace. In 1719, law required that marriages have a license or banns published three weeks before the marriage. In the colonial period, it is estimated that most marriages were by banns, but about 25 percent were by license. Some marriage bonds from 1711-1795 do exist. Beginning in 1795, marriages were recorded by county courts of common pleas. State registration of marriages began in May 1848.

Marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to protect the interests of the wife and other heirs.

Information included on marriage records is usually considered fairly reliable. Sometimes the bride or groom would lie about their age. If someone other than the groom, a relative or friend applied for the license, he may not have known all the information called for on the license.

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

The earlier records usually contain less information, but often include the following:

  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Date of marriage
  • County of marriage
  • Name and title of officiator

After 1848, the following information is usually included:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Age of bride and groom
  • Whether single or widowed
  • Officiator at marriage, their title and residence
  • Names of parents
  • Occupation

After 1897, the following additional information is included:

  • Number of times previously married
  • Was marriage terminated by death or divorce
  • Birthplace of the bride and groom
  • Any impediments to the marriage which might exist
  • Parental consent, if required

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Identifying information such as the approximate marriage date and place

New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682-1956

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New Jersey, Marriages, 1670-1980

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Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

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What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s marriage record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
  • Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.

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Collection Citations

"New Jersey, Marriages, 1670-1980." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. New Jersey Department of State, Trenton, New Jersey.

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Collection Citation:

"New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682-1956." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing New Jersey State Archives, Trenton, New Jersey.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

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