Place Codes for NJ Vital Records

New Jersey researchers owe a debt of gratitude to the good folks at Reclaim the Records for obtaining the NJ marriage indices and uploading them to the Internet Archive. The indices are accessible for free, and cover almost all of the years from 1901-2016.

Ignore the fifth digit in the place code column. The location is identified by the first four digits.

Ignore the fifth digit in the place code column. The location is identified by the first four digits.

Some researchers have been stumped by how to decode the location codes on the indices, however. For later years, the index provides the names of both the bride and groom, the marriage certificate number, the marriage date, and a four-digit code for the place where the marriage occurred. Unfortunately, these codes don’t seem to be available online anywhere.

To help other researchers, I’ve created a PDF file with the NJ location codes for vital records (click link to download the file). You are free to download this file and use it to decode the marriage indices. It’s fully searchable, so you can type the code number into your search function and quickly identify the town where the marriage occurred. These codes were also used on death records, so some of the locations (like the NJ State Prison) may seem like an odd place to hold a wedding.

Just to make things more confusing (because we’re New Jersey), some years use a five-digit code. The location is identified by only the first four digits of this five-digit number. In the example I’ve illustrated here, the location listed as 0451(4) is Mount Ephraim in Camden County.

Happy searching!

 

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Tricia B January 29, 2018 at 1:12 am

Hello

Thank you for posting the PDF of the code cipher for the New Jersey marriage locations.

I have a question about the four digit codes for place of marriage in New Jersey. The code is 9804 and I don’t see anything that goes up that high on your list. Is there a way to find out the location that number correlates to?

Here is the link to the record page on Ancestry:

https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/61253/46999_543866-00240?pid=900098678&backurl=https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv%3D1%26dbid%3D61253%26h%3D900098678%26tid%3D66465537%26pid%3D350022482107%26hid%3D100272843921%26usePUB%3Dtrue%26_phsrc%3DPoh393%26_phstart%3Ddefault%26usePUBJs%3Dtrue&treeid=66465537&personid=350022482107&hintid=100272843921&usePUB=true&_phsrc=Poh393&_phstart=default&usePUBJs=true

Thank you for your time.

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Debbie January 29, 2018 at 1:52 am

Hi Tricia. Just to make things more complicated, in that particular index, the entries for the place codes and certificate numbers are listed under the wrong headings. In your example, the number 9804 is actually the marriage certificate number, not a place code. The codes in my PDF apply to later years, and won’t be useful in the 1901-1903 index. I’m trying to verify the exact year when the place codes changed.

The good news is you really just need that certificate number and the year to request the marriage record. They’re filed by year and then certificate number for that time period, statewide.

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Carol Van Alphen February 11, 2018 at 3:52 pm

Thank you for your time. I also have a question on location numbers: this is for the year 1903 and the location number is listed as
3814, and the state file number is listed as 548. I cannot find either of these numbers on your reference list. I was looking on page 313 at Fleisch, Augusta

https://archive.org/stream/NJ_Marriage_Index_Brides_1901-1903_A-K/Reclaim_The_Records_-_New_Jersey_Marriage_Index_-_Brides_-_1901-1903_-_A-K_-#page/n312/mode/1up

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Carol Van Alphen February 11, 2018 at 3:56 pm

I apologize, I just re-read your answer above and see what the issue is. I will mail the state of NJ as their online form will not accept a request without the month and day.

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Debbie February 11, 2018 at 9:36 pm

No problem, Carol. And if you ever need anything from the NJSA, I also do record retrievals. More info here: http://www.bringoutyerdead.com/record-retrieval-services/

Debbie

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emily July 31, 2018 at 9:04 pm

Hello,
I’m looking into a possible great grandmother who looks like she got married in 1924 in new jersey. I looked at the new jersey marriage index that reclaim the records and ancestry have. However, in the 1920-1929 record there is a number in the column where it says Husband initials/place MG.
so an example is JF 7. Do you by chance know what this number stands for who what place MG stands for?
Thank you for your help.

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Debbie July 31, 2018 at 9:27 pm

Hi Emily,

The bad news is I don’t yet have a complete list of the place codes used in that index. But the good news is there is a way for an experienced researcher to retrieve that marriage record, even without knowing the place code. Marriage certificates from that time period are available at the State Archives, but you have to search them yourself or have a researcher do so for you. The State Archives staff cannot search those records for you. With the groom’s surname initial, the volume, and certificate number, it’s possible to locate the certificate.

If you aren’t able to access the State Archives yourself and need help retrieving anything, feel free to email me any time (debbie@bringoutyerdead.com). I do retrievals weekly.

Debbie

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Diane August 14, 2018 at 8:25 am

Thank you very much for explaining the locality codes. You’re much more knowledgeable than the NJ employees who do this full time. Your prices seem very reasonable and I will be seeking your help very soon. Thanks again!

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Ecward February 21, 2019 at 4:57 pm

Hi,

Found my grandmothers marriage info
Date was 01/23/1927, but Place MG. Shown as two digit code of 34

Think they lived in either Bergen County NJ or Hudson County, NJ

Found my marriage info, and the marriage location matches your 4 digit decode sheets.

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Henrietta Majeski March 26, 2019 at 8:15 pm

Hi Debbie,
I found a 1937 marriage record in the NJ Bride’s index, but it only gives the Bride & Groom’s name and year of marriage. No other info is on the record (i.e., place code, certificate number, vol, page, etc.)

My question is how can I find the place and Certificate Number for the marriage?

Regards,
Henny

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Debbie March 26, 2019 at 8:41 pm

Hi Henny,

The good news is you don’t need the place or a certificate number to locate a copy of the marriage record. The marriage records were microfilmed and deposited at the NJ State Archives, and they are organized by year and then by groom’s surname. If you’re able to go to the NJ State Archives yourself and visit their microfilm room, you can go right to the 1937 marriages in the drawer, find the roll with the groom’s surname, and pull the record up on the microfilm reader. If you can’t get to Trenton yourself, there are researchers like myself who can retrieve it for you. Feel free to email me if you need help with this or anything else.

Debbie

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Lori Kenna September 7, 2019 at 2:34 am

Hi.. Im going to NJ in a few months to see if i can get more information than i can from familysearch.org & ancestry.com.

If i go to Trenton to the records (birth marriage death) there can i look at them for free?

Thank you do much… Lori

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Debbie October 16, 2019 at 10:03 pm

Yes, you can. There’s no cost to use the microfilm or to take a photo of the record on the screen. It’s 50 cents per page to print a hard copy.

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DENNIS LAFRENIERE October 16, 2019 at 9:51 pm

Place code 1586 in year 1903. Can you provide any input? Tks for all you do. Dennis Laf…

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Debbie October 16, 2019 at 10:02 pm

Dennis, the 1903 index doesn’t have place codes. The records from 1901-1903 were organized using file numbers, and they were assigned in sequence. A record with file number 1 likely occurred on January 1. A record with file number 28700 likely occurred late in the year. If you need any help obtaining a copy of the record in question, feel free to contact me via email (debbie[at]bringoutyerdead.com).

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Gen October 26, 2019 at 12:56 am

Thank you so much! My grandfather died young and my grandmother doesn’t know much of his past, but this little post has opened a few (much needed) leads!

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susan carr November 10, 2019 at 7:16 am

I finally made a breakthrough with the Reclaim Your Records site and am hoping you can provide me with a location that is not listed on your .pdf list. Can you provide the location name for the New Jersey place of marriage #464, please? Catherine Pothajecky and William Smith were married in 1905.
Thank you kindly,
Susan Carr

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Debbie November 10, 2019 at 6:09 pm

Hi Susan,

The PDF list of place codes is for much later marriages. The index for 1905 does not include place codes, nor are they needed to locate the record. In this case, the index shows 27 464 for the file, which means in the 1905 marriages, this certificate is filed in volume 27 on page 464.

If you do not live in or near NJ and need help obtaining a copy of the marriage certificate, feel free to email me at debbie[at]bringoutyerdead.com. I do retrieve record copies for a small fee, for those who can’t get to the archives in person.

Debbie

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Susan Carr November 13, 2019 at 11:27 pm

Thank you Debbie.
Would this certificate contain the parents of the bride and groom? I’m looking for more than just the index of the name. And would this be like an application with birthplaces and the such?

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