Prior to 1880, when New York State town clerks began recording vital records, the best source for such information was local newspapers. This book presents nearly 7,000 marriage notices abstracted from Washington County, New York, newspapers from 1799 to 1880-data which otherwise may be difficult to come by, and which is undoubtedly a valuable aid to researchers. Although published in Washington County, these notices are not limited to that specific area. They include marriages in neighboring counties of New York and Vermont, and of people formerly of Washington County who moved to other parts of New York or to other states. Along with the names and date of marriage, these notices often include residence, place of marriage and names of family members. Sometimes ages and occupations are also mentioned. The notices are arranged chronologically by newspaper, and a surname index is included. When used together with the authors' Death Notices from Washington County, New York Newspapers, 1799-1880, researchers may be able to trace three or four generations of their family.
Mary S. Jackson and Edward F. Jackson
(1995), 2006, 5½x8½, paper, index, 450 pp.