MyHeritage Adds New York City Marriages, 1950-1995, Online

The following is from the MyHeritage Blog:

We’re happy to announce that over 6 million records from the New York City Marriages collection, are now online! The index includes given names and surnames of both bride and groom, the year of the license application, and the license number for over 3 million marriage licenses filed at the New York City Clerk Offices in the five boroughs from 1950 to 1995.

Search the collection now

This collection has been indexed by the non-for-profit organization Reclaim the Records. Led by Brooke Schreier Ganz, and staffed with genealogists, historians, researchers, and open government advocates, this group works tirelessly to get public data released into the public domain.

The group collects information about archivally important data sets not available online or on microfilm, and they use Freedom of Information (FOIA) laws in the US and Open Data initiatives to get copies of this information released back to the public. They are documenting everything they learn about filing these requests, and are creating a guide for genealogists, open data fans, and others who want their state, local, and Federal records made more available. Reclaim the Records was the first genealogy group to use this tactic, and it has been wildly successful. In the past year and a half, they have won the public release of over four million new records, none of which had ever been available outside of their previous homes in government agencies and archive buildings.

Brooke is especially excited about the newly indexed collection of New York City Marriages: “This is the first time they’ve ever been online and searchable to the public. They represent a goldmine to anyone researching family who ever applied for a marriage license in New York City — even if they never went through with the actual marriage!”

Marriage records are an important part of an individual’s vital records, and they can be essential for genealogical research. Not only do they offer information about the bride, the groom, and their residence when the marriage occurred, but they often contain additional information such as birth dates, birthplaces, occupations, and whether either partner was single, widowed, or divorced at the time of the marriage. Often a marriage license will also contain information about the parents of the couple, including their names and birthplaces.

We’ve searched this collection to bring you some interesting examples:

In this collection, we were able to locate Rowan Atkinson’s marriage record.

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Marriage record of Rowan Atkinson, from New York City Marriages 1950-1995.

We also found a record for Robert DeNiro’s first marriage to Diahnne Abbott in 1976.

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Marriage record of Robert DeNiro, from New York City Marriages 1950-1995.

Marriage records are extremely valuable because of the wealth of genealogical content contained. We invite you to search the Index to New York City marriage records, 1950-1995 to see what you discover.

We look forward to hearing about your new family history discoveries!

The MyHeritage Team

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Interesting that “Reclaim the Records” whose mantra says “We’re Reclaim the Records, a not-for-profit group of genealogists, historians, researchers, and open government advocates who are filing Freedom of Information requests to get public data released back into the public domain.” does work and then hands it over to a for profit organisation to use.

Also, My Heritage does not say exactly what extent the indexes are for, they are not a complete/full set for all New York marriages for the period mentioned as my marriage is not listed there.

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    Reclaim The Records releases all the records we win as free and open data, available to the public with no logins, paywalls, or copyrights. That’s our central mission. We’re totally fine with for-profit genealogy companies *also* hosting copies of the records! The more, the merrier. But you’ll always be able to freely view and download the real data files and images for your own use, too.

    To download the raw data, or to search online for free (in a search engine we specially built), and to learn more about some of the content issues surrounding this particular data set from New York City, please check out http://www.NYCMarriageIndex.com. It’s all there, and all free.

    You can also check out our website at https://www.ReclaimTheRecords.org/ to learn more about the new records we’re fighting for right now, and in the coming year. Hope you’ll join us in our quest to return public data to the public. 😃

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I sent this email to NYC Marriage Bureau, 141 Worth Street, NYC:    I want to view the public marriage records from 1950 through 1976 in person. I know they are at 141 Worth Street. Are these public records available for public perusal or do I have to pay a fee for each and everyone to see which one is actually the one that I want? What are the 141 Worth Street fees to sit down and read these public records? These dates are NOT restricted public access. Thank you
~~~~~I tried telephoning, could not get through. If I ever get an answer?……..

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This is the URL for The City Clerk (NYC) contact information. http://www.cityclerk.nyc.gov/html/contact/contact.shtml
It is easy to fill out the form, so if you have a specific question about a marriage certificate/license, it would be a good idea to send it.

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It looks like MyHeritage has the INDEX, not the images. Waste of time at My Heritage. May as well go straight to Reclaim The Records.

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