New Jersey Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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New Jersey, Marriages, 1678-1985
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|New Jersey, United States|
|Flag of New Jersey|
|Location of New Jersey|
|Record Type||Marriage Index|
|Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?
This collection is an electronic index of marriages for the years 1678 to 1985 taken from the following sources:
- Indexed church records
- Civil registrations
- The Internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church
Church records and civil registration were official sources and are some of the most reliable sources of family history information.
This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.
When using this collection be aware that when volunteers entered data from the 1878-1900 New Jersey birth, marriage, and death index registers, the date spans were misunderstood. The registers span from July of one year through June of the next (excepting a set of registers covering June 1878, and another set covering July-Dec 1900). Unfortunately, much of the data entry was done as if the registers covered single calendar years. Thus, many if not most of the events from the months of January, February, March, April, May, and June during the 1878-1900 period are shown in your databases with the wrong year, the date is generally one year too early.
What Can These Records Tell Me?
Marriage records may contain:
- The name of bride and groom
- Marriage date and place
- Parents' names
- Date and place of birth
- Marital status
To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of New Jersey marriages, click here.
The coverage table shows the places and time periods of the original records in this collection. The table indicates how many records the collection has from each place. 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.
|Locality||Births and Christenings, 1660-1980||Marriages, 1678-1985||Deaths and Burials, 1720-1988|
How Do I Search This Collection?
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of the person at the time of marriage
- The name of the intended spouse
- The approximate date of marriage
- The place where the marriage occurred
Search the Index
Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection
Each entry in this index has a source listed which includes a batch number. You will need to trace the batch number for the individual entry to learn its source. Please see the following wiki articles for more information on batch numbers:
If an FHL film number is given in the entry for your ancestor, search for it in the FamilySearch Catalog.
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at New Jersey, marriages, 1670-1980. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.|
How Do I Analyze the Results?
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?
When you have located your ancestor’s marriage record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
- 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 parent’s birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family
- There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record
- Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records
- The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county
- 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
I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names
- Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties
- Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur
Citing This Collection
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
- Collection Citation
"New Jersey Marriages, 1678-1985." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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