Re: NYC marriage records #usa #records


My grandfather was married four times, but only two of those marriages were recorded in civil records. It's not entirely clear if the second one was a marriage at all, though I recall her being called his wife and I called her grandma.  I know he had a religious marriage ceremony with his third wife, but not a civil record, apparently because that allowed them to keep her housing assistance in NYC.  I don't know the marriage laws in NY at the time, but in some states, all that was necessary to be considered married by common law was to be free to marry and to say to others that the couple is married.  
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

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