Church Marriages Database (29,750+ records)

Our Church Marriages Database contains indices of Brides and Grooms dating from 1842, for the following Churches:

German Reformed (Hoboken) | Our Lady of Sorrows | St. Leonard's | Zion Evangelical
St. Jacobus | German Evangelical Reformed | Most Holy Trinity | Good Shepherd Lutheran |
St. John's Lutheran


German Reformed Church
Hoboken, New Jersey (1874-1900)

This Church's records contain an index of Brides and Grooms, parents and witnesses, covering the years 1874 - 1900.

These records were provided by Dr. Luther A. Dittmer, who transcribed/translated the original records. The original books are now in the Archives of the (German) Reformed Church of America in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The years 1900-1959 are also at the Archives.

There is additional information available for records displayed on our web site. Send any requests to deckerle@optonline.net with a complete description of the existing record that was displayed. The entire record will then be e-mailed back to you.

This church, situated on the northwest corner of Garden and Sixth Streets, was the first church in Hoboken to hold German language services. It was started in 1856 on Church Square by Rev. Dr. Leopold Mohn. The Classis of Bergen approved its organization as a Reformed church on August 5, 1856, following a petition for organization signed by twenty persons, ten of whom were heads of families. The present building was erected in 1860 at a cost of $10,000. The Rev. Dr. Leopold Mohn, who organized the congregation, was called to be its pastor in 1856, and through his work the congregation continued to grow. He served the church until his death in 1885. [See: Annals of the Classis of Bergen: of the Reformed Dutch Church, and of the Churches Under its Care... By Benjamin Cook Taylor]
[Also see: www.njchurchscape.com/Hoboken-DeutscheEvangelical.html]

A thank you to Dr. Dittmer!

Preface (in German)

 


Our Lady of Sorrows - Roman Catholic Church
Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY (1890-1942)

Our Lady of Sorrows was formerly located at Morgan Avenue and Harrison Place in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY. This German parish church was founded in 1889 and the early parishioners were primarily  German immigrants. The early records are perhaps the only place you will find a town of origin for your ancestors. The last baptism was performed on February 8, 1942 and the last marriage on February 15, 1942.

This database holds 1,398 marriage records from the years 1890 - 1942.

All requests for records of Our Lady of Sorrows RC Church must be in writing. Send your request along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the following address:

St Joseph Patron of the Universal Church
185 Suydam Street
Brooklyn, NY 11221

When writing, please give as much information as possible along with the book number, page and entry number, which can be found within this database. Keep in mind that there may be more information contained within the church book record that you’ll receive on the certificate. It is suggested that you ask for the entire record when making your request for a certificate. It is also suggested that you include a donation along with your request.


St. Leonard’s of Port Maurice - Roman Catholic Church
Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY (1872-1978
)

St. Leonards 2001St. Leonard’s Church was formerly located at 199 Jefferson Street, which is at the corner of Wilson Avenue and Jefferson Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY. This German parish church was founded in 1871 and the parishioners were primarily German immigrants. These early records are perhaps the only place you will find the town of origin for your ancestors. St. Leonard’s closed its doors in 1978 and the church was demolished in 2001.

This database holds 5,763 marriage records from the years 1872 - 1978.

All requests for records of St. Leonard’s RC Church must be in writing. Send your request along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the following address:

St Joseph Patron of the Universal Church
185 Suydam Street
Brooklyn, NY 11221

When writing, please give as much information as possible along with the book number, page and entry number, which can be found within this database. Keep in mind that there may be more information contained within the church book record that you’ll receive on the certificate. It is suggested that you ask for the entire record when making your request for a certificate. It is also suggested that you include a donation along with your request.

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Zion German Evangelical Lutheran Church
Brooklyn Heights, NY (1856-1969
)

Zion is located at 125 Henry Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY. The church was founded in 1856 and is still in existence.

This database holds 6,303 marriage records from the years 1856 - 1969.

All written record requests for Zion Church must be sent to the following address along with payment:

German Genealogy Group
ATTN: Record Search
Post Office Box 1004
Kings Park, NY 11754

When writing, please give as much information as possible along with the book number, page and entry number, which can be found within this database.
We will provide an image of the original church register which is hand-written and in German.
Please include a check for $5.00 for each record requested.
If you include an e-mail address we will send a digital image the record, which will enable you to enlarge it for viewing. 

The Deutsche Evangelisch-Lutherische Zions-Gemeinde had its start on the first Sunday in Advent (December 2nd) of 1855. On that morning, twelve German immigrants met for worship with Pastor Friedrich W. T. Steimle in a small rented hall at the corner of Nassau and Fulton Streets.

Although there were other Protestant churches in the area, some even using the German language, these founders wanted to preserve their identity and their heritage as Lutheran Christians, firmly committed to the Holy Scriptures and the 16th-century Lutheran Confessions. As a way of keeping pure doctrine, they obligated the congregation to always use German for worship and church business.

Many German immigrants soon joined the new congregation, which moved to a larger hall at 189 Washington Street in May 1856, when the name Zion was adopted. By November of that year, Zion had grown enough to be incorporated and the present building was purchased for $14,500.  Although it was built in 1839 as a Dutch Reformed church, the building was being used as a concert hall until Zion dedicated it on the first Sunday in Advent (November 30) of 1856. Zion thus occupies the oldest church building still in use in Brooklyn Heights.

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St. Jacobus Lutheran Church/Evangelical Lutheran Church
72-01 43rd Avenue, Woodside, NY 11377

This database contains an index of names within the records of St, Jacobus, a Lutheran Church. The early records are perhaps the only place you will find a town of origin for your ancestors. The Church is still operating. The databases we have created are not 100% complete and contain only the records that were made available to us. There are additional records that we are attempting to transcribe from old German script.

 
The records in this database are as follows:
  
Marriage Records: (2,045) – 1891-2005


All requests for church records must be in writing. Send your request along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the above address.


When writing, please give as much information as possible along with the book number, page and entry number, which can be found within this database. Keep in mind that there may be additional information contained within the church book record that you will receive on the certificate. It is suggested that you ask for the entire record when making your request for a certificate. It is also suggested that you include a donation along with your request.

As part of our Heritage Preservation Program, members of the German Genealogy Group have spent many hours computerizing an index to the various church records on this web site. We are grateful to the Pastor of St. Jacobus for allowing us to make these indexes available to genealogists all over the world.

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German Evangelical Reformed Church
New York, NY (1852-1864)

The German Evangelical Reformed Church records contains an index of Brides and Grooms covering the years 1852-1864. It is a work in progress and more years will be added as the work is completed.

The original records are presently located at the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society in New York City. 
To arrange for copies of the original records contact:

Ms. Joan Koster-Morales
Email: NYRoots (at) aol (dot) com

There is a $10 copy charge for these records.

The First Reformed German Church was organized in 1853 by the Rev. John Frederick Busche. The church was located at 97 & 99 Suffolk Street between Delancey and Rivington Streets in Manhattan. He was the first pastor and served the church for forty-seven years, until just one week before his death on July 10, 1893.

The Rev. Busche was born August 5, 1817 at Meinsdorf, Province of Brandenburg, Prussia. When he was 18 he entered the University of Berlin in Germany. His first assignment was in London, England and after one year he was sent to Liverpool as a missionary to the Germans of that city. In 1844 he came to New York City where he did missionary work for another 2 years. In 1846 he was licensed and ordained in Philadelphia and in that same year became the pastor of the Forsyth Street Church in New York City which at the time was an independent church. Also in 1846 he was commissioned by the Synod of the United States to organize the New York Classis. Dr. Busche married Miss Anne Kerr in February 1850 and they had two sons and three daughters. Mrs. Busche died in August 1884 and their 5 children survived Rev. Bushe upon his death in 1893. Rev. Busche is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn.

From 1893 until 1905 the Rev. E. G. Fuessle was pastor and in the year 1900 the name of the church was changed to St. Paul's Evangelical Reformed Church at which time it was located on 141st Street in the Bronx.

The index is a work in progress and has been contributed by Joan Koster-Morales, Professional Genealogist, specializing in New York City German Americans.

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Most Holy Trinity - Roman Catholic Church
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY (1842-1933)

Most Holy Trinity Church is located at 138 Montrose Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, between Manhattan Avenue and Graham Avenue. This German parish church was founded in 1841 and the parishioners were primarily German immigrants. These early records are perhaps the only place you might find the town of origin for your ancestors.

All requests for records of Most Holy Trinity RC Church must be in writing. There is a required fee of ten dollars (payable to Most Holy Trinity Church) for each individual genealogical record for which they are asked to search. Send your request along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the following address, to the attention of their parish secretary, Ms. Lucy Deras:

       Most Holy Trinity Church
       138 Montrose Avenue
       Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, 11206

When writing, please give as much information as possible along with the book number, page and entry number, which can be found within this database. Keep in mind that there may be more information contained within the church book record that you’ll receive on the certificate. It is suggested that you ask for the entire record when making your request for a certificate. Such searches cannot be done immediately. These searches are done on a "first come, first serve" basis and can only be done when they have the time and the personnel available to complete them. Please include your address and phone number so that they can mail you the requested historical records and/or call you if there is a need for more information.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you have previously sent your record request to Most Holy Trinity and received a hand-written form in return, you may not have received all the information contained within the church record. If you would like a copy of the original record, please send us a copy of the certificate that you received and we will send you either a digital copy of the original record or a printed copy of the original record, free of charge.

You must include a copy of the certificate along with the book number, page and entry number which can be found within the database. You can email this information to us at GermanGenealogy@optonline.net and we will email you the record in return.

If you prefer, you can send us this information via USPS along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope, and we will mail you a printed copy of the record in return.

Mail your request to:  GGG-MHT
                                       P.O. Box 1004
                                       Kings Park, NY 11754

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The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
Francis Lewis Boulevard at 100th Avenue
Bellaire (Queens), NY 11429


The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Bellaire, Queens, New York was organized April 1, 1925.  The cornerstone for their church building was laid on September 20, 1925. Due to changing demographics in Bellaire, the congregation disbanded, holding their last service on September 9, 1973. In 1973 the congregation merged with the Abiding Presence Lutheran Church in Fort Salonga, Long Island, and the organ and stained glass windows were moved there. The Good Shepherd church register is now located at the Abiding Presence Lutheran Church.


The records in this index include: Marriages    1925 - 1973


The register entries include much additional information such as residence, names of witnesses and marriage license number.


All requests for records of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church must be in writing (a form is available following a successful search).  A donation of at least five dollars ($5.00) is requested (payable to Abiding Presence Lutheran Church) for each individual genealogical record for which they are asked to search. You will receive a scanned image of the register entry. Please send your request along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope (or an email address if you would like to receive the results that way) to the following address:


Good Shepherd Record Request
Abiding Presence Lutheran Church
4 Trescott Path
Fort Salonga, NY 11768

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St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in May of 1844. The cornerstone for the present church building at 195 Maujer Street in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn was laid in 1883. The church opened at that location on November 4, 1884. 

In 1926, with many church members moving to the Glendale section of Queens, St. John's started looking for a location in that area. The church was dedicated at 88-24 Myrtle Avenue in 1937. At present, records from both churches are held in the Glendale location. 


The records in this index currently include:
Marriages    1868-2002


All requests for records of the St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church must be in writing (a form is available following a successful search).  A fee of ten dollars ($10.00) is required (payable to St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church) for each individual genealogical record for which they are asked to search. Please send your request along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope (or an email address if you would like to receive the results that way) to the following address:


Genealogical Record Request
St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
88-24 Myrtle Avenue
Glendale, NY 11385

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As part of our Heritage Preservation Program, members of the German Genealogy Group have spent many hours computerizing indices to the various church records on this web site. We are grateful to the Pastors of the Churches for allowing us to make these indexes available to genealogists all over the world.


If you would like to contribute time to other current
Heritage Preservation projects, please contact Ms. Lovaglio.

Records Search: Church Marriages

Please note that the Surname (e.g. Last Name) is a required entry field. But since exact spellings are not always known, to aid your search we offer three different ways to specify Surnames...

  1. Exact Match ("is exactly") - This is the default surname search method.
  2. Soundex ("sounds like") - This option enables you to specify a surname spelling it out as best you can, and it will return results that "sound" similar to what you spelled out.
  3. Wild Card - With this option you can replace part of the surname with a * to match any number of letters, or _ to match a single letter. So for example, Sch* will return all names starting with Sch. Similarly, Schl_tz might return results such as Schlitz or Schlotz. 
For whichever of the above surname search options you would like to use, simply select the appropriate radio button option below the input field on the form. Although the additional form fields are optional, providing as much information as you can helps narrow your search. The more specific your search, the less time you need spend scrolling through search results!

Church

Note: Leaving all un-checked is the same as checking all. You only need check any to limit your search to specific Churches.


Groom

* Matches multiple characters. 
_ Matches one single character.

Bride

* Matches multiple characters. 
_ Matches one single character.


Marriage Year


Other

The German Genealogy Group wishes to thank all the following Volunteers for their help and participation....

Our Lady of Sorrows Church project:

Robert Boeckle * Lucille Blum * Robert Blum * Ruth Cipko * Lynn DeTrano * Bob Dockweiler * Don Eckerle * Dave Graff * Richard Haberstroh * Antoinette Jackson * Herb Lessman * Elizabeth Lovaglio * Audrey McKay * Joan Koster Morales * Kathryne Natale * Kathy Nolan * Dale Realander * Tom Risinger * Jean Schmidt * Dottie Schilling * Bob Tallman * Mark Waldron * Joe Walter * Bob Weingarten

Special thanks to Ms. Elizabeth Acker Lovaglio who was the coordinator for this project.


The St. Leonard’s Church project:

Robert Boeckle * Lucille Blum * Robert Blum * Ruth Cipko * Lynn DeTrano * Bob Dockweiler * Don Eckerle * Dave Graff * Richard Haberstroh * Antoinette Jackson * Herb Lessman * Elizabeth Lovaglio * Audrey McKay * Joan Koster Morales * Kathryne Natale * Kathy Nolan * Dale Realander * Tom Risinger * Jean Schmidt * Dottie Schilling * Bob Tallman * Mark Waldron * Joe Walter * Bob Weingarten

Special thanks to Ms. Elizabeth Acker Lovaglio who was the coordinator for this project.



The Zion Church project:

Gloria Anderson * Lucille Blum * Don Eckerle * Elizabeth Lovaglio * Kathryne Natale * Tom Risinger * Dottie Schilling * Bob Weingarten


Special thanks to Lucille Blum, without whose experience and dedication this project would not have been completed.


Most Holy Trinity Church project:

Gerry Achtem * Liz Bailey * Bob Boeckle * Jan Broschart * Ruth Cipko * Margaret DeAcetis * Lynn DeTrano * Don Eckerle * Andrea Ewerling * Jim Fuchs * Madeline Galbraith Richard Haberstroh * Linda Heelan * Dolores Hirx * Dorothy Kramer * Janice LaScala * Arleen Mackey * JoAnn O’Connell * Carol O’Hea * Erin O’Hea * Maureen O’Shea * Marie Potts * Jerry Rottkamp * Joan Schmitt * Doris Spehar * Bob Sullivan * Jeannie Viviani * Bob Vornlocker * Ed Wesnofske

Special thanks to Paul Hoffman who was the coordinator for this project.


German Evangelical Reformed Church project:

Special thanks to Joan Koster-Morales, Professional Genealogist, specializing in New York City German Americans.


German Reformed Church, Hoboken, NJ

Special thanks to Dr. Luther A. Dittmer, who transcribed and translated the original records.  


Saint Jacobus Lutheran Church/ Saint Jacobus Evangelical Lutheran Church project:

Robert Boeckle * Dr. Warren L. Bosch * Barbara D’Oliveira * Fred Eberle * Don Eckerle * Diana Erickson * Robert P. Fruh * Noelle Giesse * Jean Haines * Joan Hydo * Carol Kennedy * Fred Kunz * Carol A. Maguire * Kathleen O’Farrell * Carol Proven * Paul E. Root * Jo Ann Schmidt * Nancy J. Sara Spencer * Stephen Stengel  * Bob Sullivan * Holly Timm

Special thanks to Carol A. Theisen Maguire who was the coordinator for this project.


  The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd project:

Mark Waldron * Don Eckerle


St. John's Evangelical Evangelical Lutheran Church project:

Joan Koster-Morales * Steve Nathan * Jo Ann Schmidt * Robert Sullivan

Special thanks to Richard Winter who was the coordinator for this project.




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