The vital records for New York State began in the early 1880s. They were
kept only sporadically at first, and not until the early 1900s can we be sure
that every marriage was recorded. If you do not find a marriage here, it could
be that the JP or clergyman neglected to report it. As with any new system, it
took time to catch on and be consistently implemented.
We are indebted to our benefactor, Gus Rogers, for this most important
genealogical aid for the Town of Clayton, the MARRIAGE RECORDS, for the years
1882 through 1907. We have not tampered with the spelling or the order. They
are supposed to be in chronological order, but for one or two years, it looks
as if the clerk realized something had been omitted, and added it to the end
of the year. Because we can use the search engine, there will be no attempt to
rearrange these in alphabetical order. Clayton is all we have, and is all we
expect to have for the forseeable future. We would like all of the records,
but they are extremely difficult to come by.
Thanks again to Mr. Rogers and his family, who have done so much to present
records to the public.
As usual, we have made the files small for quicker downloading. These files
have so much information, however, that you will have to scroll far to the
right to see all the columns.