Troy (New York) Irish Genealogy Society Adds Marriage Notices Appearing in Lansingburgh Newspapers 1787 – 1895

The following announcement was written by the Troy (New York) Irish Genealogy Society:

An index to 2,712 marriage notices covering 5,424 names that were published in ten different Lansingburgh, New York newspapers from 1787 to 1895 was created by staff at the Troy Public Library in 1938 through 1939. The Troy Irish Genealogy Society was allowed by the Troy Library to scan this book so these important records could be made available on-line for genealogy researchers. To see these records go to the TIGS website – – click on PROJECTS and then click on MARRIAGE NOTICES APPEARING IN LANSINGBURGH NEWSPAPERS.

Lansingburgh, by the way, for those not in the Capital District Region, was the first chartered village in Rensselaer County and was settled around 1763. In 1900 Lansingburgh became part of the City of Troy, New York.

The ten different Lansingburgh newspapers were:

American Spy

Federal Herald

Lansingburgh Advertiser

Lansingburgh Chronicle

Lansingburgh Courier

Lansingburgh Democrat

Lansingburgh Gazette

Lansingburgh Daily Gazette

Lansingburgh Times

Northern Centinel

Under “RESOURCES” on the TIGS website, you will also find an informative article, “Newspapering in Rensselaer County”, which identifies which of the above newspapers are available, on microfilm or hard copy, at the Troy Library.

These historical records are extremely important to genealogy researchers as the bulk of the records predate New York’s 1880 law that required reporting of marriages. Outside of the marriage location itself, church, justice of the peace, etc., you will not find these records anywhere else.

Most entries show the name of the bride and groom, the residence (city, town, village) for both, date of marriage, names of newspapers that reported the marriage along with the newspaper date, page and column number where you will find the notice in the appropriate newspaper.

It is important to note that the residence for the bride and groom is not just Lansingburgh, but may cover all areas of New York State, other States and even foreign countries.

While 1,231 of the names showed no indication of residence, those records where the residence was reported are of interest as they show 232 individual cities, towns and villages throughout New York State. In addition, residence of either the bride or groom was identified as being in 33 states other than New York and even in 5 foreign countries.

A listing of the 33 states and 5 foreign countries along with the names of the 232 cities, towns and villages can also be found on the website.

Hopefully you will find some of your ancestors in this new data base or in the almost 300,000 Irish AND Non-Irish names listed in the various transcription projects on the TIGS website.

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