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Marriage Records << Vital Records <<

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Marriage Records Guide

Vital Records-
Marriage Records
What's In Them Where to Find Them How to Use Them***

Almost always include:

  • full names of bride and groom
  • date of the marriage
  • county where the marriage took place


  • May also include:
  • age at time of marriage
  • date and/or place of birth for bride and groom
  • names and birthplaces of the bride's and groom's parents
  • names of the witnesses to the marriage, often relatives
  • residence of the parties
  • whether single, widowed or divorced
  • age at time of marriage
  • occupation
  • church of marriage ceremony
  • name of minister or priest
  • http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/
    howto/w2w/w2welcom.htm

    or
    http://www.family
    search.org/sg/

    The local town or county courthouse as found in:
    http://www.vitalrec.com
    or
    http://www.vitalchek.com
    or state or county resources such as: http://resources.rootsweb
    .com/cgi-bin/townco.cgi

    or
    http://familysearch.org/
    Search/searchcatalog.asp

    or
    http://ancestry.com/search/ locality/main.htm

    If more recent:
    the State Department of Health Services or Office of Vital Records as found in
    http://www.vitalrec.com
    or
    http://www.vitalchek.com

    If particularly early:
    State or local libraries or societies and/or compiled records for that locality as found in our Resource Guide.

    Information on marriage records can help you:

  • find a birth date and/or place to research for the bride and groom
  • find a maiden name for a woman
  • find parents' names (and possibly birth places) to research
  • learn about previous marriages
  • find a newspaper announcement
  • find church records for the marriage
  • determine which children belong to which mother in the case of multiple marriages
  • learn about previous marriages
  • find addresses to seek in deeds or city directories, locate on maps, or narrow your search in an unindexed census
  • *** Please share your suggestions for other uses of information found in family records here

    For more information on these important records, be sure to catch the Vital Records episode of Ancestors on your local PBS station.

     
     
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