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Finding Delaware Marriage Records

State registration of marriages began in 1847 and was generally complied with by 1913. The Family History Library has microfilm copies of the marriage bonds for 1744-1836 and 1855-1861, and licenses for 1889-1894.

Delaware counties began keeping marriage records as early as 1832. These records have been transferred from the counties to the Delaware Public Archives. These early county marriage records are not available at the Family History Library; however, the library has records of some pre-1847 marriage bonds.

Marriages of Delaware residents may also be recorded in adjoining states, such as Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Next Step: When did the marriage occur?

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When did the marriage occur?

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Marriages Before 1847

Delaware counties began keeping marriage records as early as 1832. These records have been transferred from the counties to the Delaware Public Archives. These early county marriage records are not available at the Family History Library; however, the library has records of some pre-1847 marriage bonds.

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information in Index

Marriage Indexes and Digital Images
Database Name - Index and Image Link or links to access database
Ancestry, Marriages, 1744-1912 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription
Ancestry, Marriages, 1806-1933 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription
If you do not locate the marriage in the above, try:
Database Name-Index Only Link or links to access database
FamilySearch, Marriage Index, 1713-1953 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years
Can't access Ancestry? Visit your local Family History Center or your local public library.
No marriage record for your ancestor?

Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.
Search other records with marriage information.

STEP TWO: Obtain the Record

Delaware Public Archives If you do not find your ancestor in the above records you may order a marriage record from the:

Marriage Records on Microfilm
Some county marriage records may be available on microfilm at your local Family Search Center. If you know the approximate date and county where the marriage took place, use the FamilySearch Catalog to see what is available.

  • Search the FamilySearch Catalog by county.
  • Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.
  • For a small fee, order the microfilm to view at a local Family Search Center.
Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year

Marriages 1847 to Present

  • State registration of marriages began in 1847

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information in Index

Marriage Indexes and Digital Images
Database Name - Index and Image Link or links to access database # of records
Ancestry, Marriages, 1744-1912 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 203,346
Ancestry, Marriages, 1806-1933 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 296,986
FamilySearch, Marriage Index, 1913-1954 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 112,894
If you do not locate the marriage in the above, try:
Database Name-Index Only Link or links to access database # of records
FamilySearch, Marriage Index, 1713-1953 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 9,540
Can't access Ancestry? Visit your local Family History Center or your local public library.
No marriage record for your ancestor?

Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.
Search other records with marriage information.

STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate

Marriage licenses may be found in the county records where the marriage occurred.

You can obtain marriage records for the most recent 40 years old by writing to the Bureau of Vital Statistics. For marriages recorded more than 40 years ago, contact the Delaware Public Archives.

For records recent to 40 years old there are three officies which can be contacted:

For records 40 years and older:

Marriage Records on Microfilm
Some county marriage records may be available on microfilm at your local Family Search Center. If you know the approximate date and county where the marriage took place, use the FamilySearch Catalog to see what is available.

  • Search the FamilySearch Catalog by county.
  • Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.
  • For a small fee, order the microfilm to view at a local Family Search Center.
Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year

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