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New York Marriage Record Request
-- New York City
-- New York (the state)
It is possible to ask a clerk to go through an index covering the 3 years you specify, as typically one can expect a search to go one or two years before or after an estimated date. But you may have a problem with the recent date of the event. Let's check the internet for clues:
NEW YORK CITY RECORDS
I Googled for "New York City Vital Records" and located the municipal website:
"The Municipal Archives has records of births reported in the five Boroughs of New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten Island), prior to 1910; deaths reported prior to 1949, and marriages reported prior to 1930. For a complete description of our vital records collection, please see a list of the Municipal Archives Holdings." The City Clerk's office: http://www.nycmarriagebureau.com/ explained that marriage records are protected from public view until at least 50 years old have passed or where both spouses are deceased. Links to request forms are provided.
While the ABERSON/FLACK 1942-1945 marriage time frame falls within that protected limit, I was able to determine that Stanley has passed away. A copy of his and Rosa's death certificate must accompany your request, if you feel they were married in NYC.
NEW YORK STATE RECORDS
A second Google search, this time for "New York Vital Records" provided a link to the New York State Department of Health <http://www.health.state.ny.us/vital_records/>." Here we discover "the Vital Records Section of the New York State Department of Health files certificates for births, deaths and marriages that occurred in New York State outside of New York City since 1881. Also on file are divorce records for all of New York State since 1963. The Vital Records Section provides qualified applicants with certified copies of the certificates associated with these events. Uncertified copies of older certificates are available for genealogy research." Links to request forms are provided.
Apparently state guidelines affect NYC as well, with the requirement that several forms of identification must accompany your request. They include:
One (1) of the following forms of valid photo-ID:
Two (2) of the following showing the applicant's name and address:
I did run the name Samuel ABERSON through Ancestry.com and the ONLY hit I came up with was:
Death Residence Localities
I would check the Miami, Florida papers for an obituary for more clues to Stanley's background and to determine if Rosa had preceded him in death. When I searched the Miami Herald website, it came up with a "pay-per-view" hit for Stanley's obituary. The partial description states: "FL United States ABERSON, STANLEY, 81, of Pembroke Pines, died 5/21. Svc. 5/26, 1:30 PM. Tel. 954-963-2400. Published on May 24, 2005, Page , Miami Herald, The (FL)." However, I suspect you are perhaps closely related to this individual, and may already have a copy of this obituary.
FOR FURTHER READING
As you progress back into the 19th century with your genealogical research, the following may be useful:
Happy family tree climbing!