Wednesday, September 28, 2005

New York Marriage Record Request

I am searching for a marriage between Stanley ABERSON and Rosa (or Rosemary) FLACK in New York somewhere between 1942 and 1945. How can I find out? Thanks.

There are TWO New Yorks, and I am not sure which one you are hoping to research.
-- New York City
-- New York (the state)

It is possible to ask a clerk to go through an index covering the 3 years you specify, as typically one can expect a search to go one or two years before or after an estimated date. But you may have a problem with the recent date of the event. Let's check the internet for clues:

I Googled for "New York City Vital Records" and located the municipal website:

"The Municipal Archives has records of births reported in the five Boroughs of New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten Island), prior to 1910; deaths reported prior to 1949, and marriages reported prior to 1930. For a complete description of our vital records collection, please see a list of the Municipal Archives Holdings." The City Clerk's office: explained that marriage records are protected from public view until at least 50 years old have passed or where both spouses are deceased. Links to request forms are provided.

While the ABERSON/FLACK 1942-1945 marriage time frame falls within that protected limit, I was able to determine that Stanley has passed away. A copy of his and Rosa's death certificate must accompany your request, if you feel they were married in NYC.


A second Google search, this time for "New York Vital Records" provided a link to the New York State Department of Health <>." Here we discover "the Vital Records Section of the New York State Department of Health files certificates for births, deaths and marriages that occurred in New York State outside of New York City since 1881. Also on file are divorce records for all of New York State since 1963. The Vital Records Section provides qualified applicants with certified copies of the certificates associated with these events. Uncertified copies of older certificates are available for genealogy research." Links to request forms are provided.

Apparently state guidelines affect NYC as well, with the requirement that several forms of identification must accompany your request. They include:

One (1) of the following forms of valid photo-ID:
-- Driver license
-- Non-Driver Photo-ID Card
-- Passport
-- Employment ID

Two (2) of the following showing the applicant's name and address:
-- Utility or telephone bills
-- Letter from a government agency dated within the last six (6) months

I did run the name Samuel ABERSON through and the ONLY hit I came up with was:

Birth Date: 11 Apr 1924
Death Date: 21 May 2005
Social Security Number: 116-16-9193
State or Territory Where Number Was Issued: New York

Death Residence Localities
ZIP Code: 33024
Localities: Cooper City, Broward, Florida
Davie, Broward, Florida
Hollywood, Broward, Florida
Pembroke Pines, Broward, Florida
Pembroke Pnes, Broward, Florida
University, Broward, Florida

I would check the Miami, Florida papers for an obituary for more clues to Stanley's background and to determine if Rosa had preceded him in death. When I searched the Miami Herald website, it came up with a "pay-per-view" hit for Stanley's obituary. The partial description states: "FL United States ABERSON, STANLEY, 81, of Pembroke Pines, died 5/21. Svc. 5/26, 1:30 PM. Tel. 954-963-2400. Published on May 24, 2005, Page , Miami Herald, The (FL)." However, I suspect you are perhaps closely related to this individual, and may already have a copy of this obituary.

As you progress back into the 19th century with your genealogical research, the following may be useful:

Bailey, Rosalie Fellows. Guide to Genealogical and Biographical Sources for New York City (Manhattan), 1783-1898.

New York Public Library - Genealogy Resources

New York Research Outline (from the Family History Library)

USGenWeb - New York

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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Bradenton, FL 34207

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