Rochester, New York Marriages

Today's free genealogy resource was brought to my attention by the blogger at Tangled Trees. If you haven't checked out her blog, be sure to stop by.

The City of Rochester has marriage records from 1876 to 1943 available through their historic marriage records page on the site. This free genealogy resource contains over 170,000 records so if your ancestor married in Rochester, there's a good chance of finding their name.

To find a marriage, first select the year range of the marriage. Your options are 1876-1904, 1905-1907, 1908-1910 and 1910+. Once you have selected the year range, you are given a search box for first and last name. It is searchable by surname only. Be aware of the possibility that the spelling of the surname you are researching may not have always been what it is today or that a transcription error may have occurred. If you don't find your family in your initial church, you may want to try alternate spellings.

When the search results load, it will list the groom's first and last name, year of marriage, and bride's first and last name. In the final column, you may also have the option of clicking on details. This will open a box to the right side of the screen.

The details box offers additional information on the marriage record, which may include finding information for the actual record, residence, birthplace, age, color, occupation, parents' names, number of prior marriages and the name of the marriage official.

The databases for the earlier year ranges (1876-1904 and 1904-1907) appear to offer the most information for family historians. The 1907-1910 database gives only the names of the bride and groom, date of marriage and finding information. The 1910+ database doesn't have the details screen at all.

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