BROOKLYN MARRIAGE RECORDS
MARRIAGE RECORDS AND CERTIFICATES
The information presented here is a detailed
guide for finding and obtaining copies of Brooklyn Marriage Records
and Brooklyn Marriage Certificates for ancestors and relatives who
were married in Kings County, Brooklyn New York.
Photocopies of Brooklyn marriages that occurred during the years of 1864 through 1937
can be obtained either through the LDS Family and Church History Department located in Salt Lake City, Utah
or through the New York City Vital Records at the Municipal Records which will be explained further.
The most affordable solution of obtaining photocopies of Brooklyn Marriage records is by
sending a request to the LDS Family and Church History Department in Salt Lake City.
The first step in placing such a request is to download and print out a Request for Photocopies form.
You will then need to find an actual Brooklyn Marriage Certificate number for the Brooklyn based
marriage certificate you are searching for. Luckily there is a very good online database at the German Genealogy Group
web site which you can visit here: www.germangenealogygroup.com
On the left hand side menu, mouseover the link titled Databases
and then click the link Vital
Record Database. Scroll down a little bit until you see
the section titled NYC Databases. Here is where you click on either
the link New York City Grooms Index or New York City Brides Index.
For the next few steps on how to complete the process, we are going to use an
example. Let us say that we are looking for a Brooklyn Marriage record
for a John Smith who was married on May 26, 1905 in Brooklyn, Kings
You would click on the link New York City Grooms Index which provides an online
index database of marriages for grooms that provide marriage certificate
numbers. Please keep in mind that the database is not 100% complete
(we shall explain further on how to find Brooklyn marriage index records
that are not listed in the database).
Then you would continue further by clicking the link "Click Here" under the wording "To Search New York City Marriage Records".
This will take you to the NYC Grooms Record Search page. It is here where you can
perform searches for New York City based grooms, either using exact, wildcard or soundex methods. In our example we
see that John Smith who was married in Brooklyn, Kings County on June 21, 1905 has a marriage certificate # 5111
The last key information you need to find is the LDS microfilm number on which this Brooklyn Marriage Certificate is to be found.
To do this you would then go to the
Marriage certificates, 1866-1937 Brooklyn New York page.
On the left column you would scroll down to the proper row in which the Marriage Certificate number and date range would fall under.
Using the information on this page we can determine that John Smith's Brooklyn Marriage Certificate # 5111 that occurred on June 21, 1905 will be found on
the FHL United States & Canada Film # 1562559
Now that you know both the Brooklyn Marriage Certificate number and LDS FHL Microfilm number you can now fill out the
LDS Request for Photocopies form which you have downloaded and printed out from earlier.
On the second page of the form there is an area titled "General Microfilm or Microfiche" which is where you will fill out
the pertinent information.
Under the column for "Family History Microfilm or Microfiche number" number is where you would write in 1562559 for the above
John Smith example. For the "Name of Individual" you would write in John Smith.
For the "Title of Record" column you should write in "Marriage certificates, 1866-1937 Brooklyn New York".
For the "Event Type" column you would write in M for Marriage.
For the "Complete Event Date" column you would write in 21 Jun 1905.
For the "Complete Event Place" column write in Kings County, NY.
For the "Registration of Page Number" column you would write in the marriage certificate number which is 5111.
The above example of how to fill out the LDS Request for Photocopies form was using the details we found for John Smith. You would of course fill out the form with the details for the ancestor, relative or person of interest that
you are seeking a Brooklyn Marriage Record for.
You can also search through for Brooklyn Marriages for Brides via the
New York City Brides Record Index database on the www.germangenealogygroup.com web site.
As mentioned earlier, the online database is not 100% complete, so there may be times that you will have to work a little harder in tracking down a Brooklyn Marriage certificate number.
If you are local to the New York City area, you would pay a visit to a local LDS Family Search Center which should contain a full selection of
the New York City marriage index microfilms which you can search through.
If you are not local to the New York City area, you should be able to have the
New York City marriage index microfilms inter loaned to your local
LDS Family Search Center. You might also be able to have the LDS microfilms
inter loaned to you via your local Public Library (just ask your Public
Library if they take part in a system of receiving inter loans of
microfilms from the main LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City).
There may be times where you might need some additional help in tracking down Brooklyn Marriage records.
For this situation you might want to consider placing a search request for a Brooklyn Marriage record via the
New York City Municipal Archives web site on the Vital Records - Marriage Certificate page.
Additional guides for finding other New York City based marriage records
New York City Marriage Records - a guide for finding Manhattan, New York City marriage records.
FOR KINGS COUNTY - BROOKLYN NEW YORK