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Hawaii has a very long history and early marriage infromation was often passed down through oral family tradition. The islands became combined into one united kingdom between 1782 and 1810. During the reign of the kings and queens some marriage records were officially recorded. In 1894 the kingdom was abolished and the Republic of Hawaii was formed. Four years later Hawaii became a territory of the United States, and was admitted as a state in 1960.

Finding Hawaii Marriage Records

  • 1826–1850 The Islands started keeping records, they are few in number.
  • 1851–1895 There are sparse records from all islands.
  • 1896–1929 There are two types of marriage records, some in Hawaiian and some in English.
  • 1930 to the present the marriage records are more complete.
  • Marriages occurring within 75 years are restricted to individuals who have a direct and tangible interest in the records[1]


Next Step: When did the marriage occur?

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Marriages Before 1826

  • Before 1826, it will be difficult to locate marriage records.
  • Many family records have been passed down through oral family history.
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Marriages 1826 to 1929

  • These records are sparse.
  • They are gathered together now, but were originally kept by individual islands.
  • The Hawaii State Archives is the custodian of the records.

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Record for Kauai, Maui, Molokai, Niihau

Hawaii Marriage Database — includes Index and Digital Image
1826–1929 Hawaii Archives Vital Statistics Collections

Free; Click on "Names" then click on the alphabetical list where your ancestor will appear. When you find the name,  click on the PDF icon to see the image of the record. The dates and coverage will vary for each island.

STEP TWO: Find Marriage Information for Other Islands

Hawaii Marriage Database - Index Only
Try 1st:
Hawaii, Marriages, 1826–1922

Free; name index online at FamilySearch. It is incomplete because records are sparse.
*Order the film listed as "GS Film number" to view the actual marriage record.

Try 2nd:
Ulukau, Marriage Indexes 1826–1929

Free; marriage index pages at uluku.org Hawaiian Electronic Library
The indexes are divided by island and time period.
You will find bride"s and groom's names, date of marriage, district, book and page.

Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes

STEP THREE: Finding Marriage Certificate or Record

With the exact date of the marriage from one of the indexes you may:

  • view Family History Library microfilms
  • contact the Hawaii State Archives
  • order the certificates from Hawaii State Department of Health
Family History Microfilms for Hawaii Marriages
Ordering "GS Film number" from Step Two FamilySearch. Copy the "GS Film number" from the results screen and type the number into the box. Follow the directions on the page.
$; minimal cost at FamilySearch Centers for rental fee.
Free; at Family History Library in Salt Lake City.


1909–1925 - Marriage records at FamilySearch.org

$; minimal cost at FamilySearch Centers for rental fee.
Free; at Family History Library in Salt Lake City.


Contact Hawaii State Archives
Hawaii State Archives $; Use the Ulukau.org index.
Write a letter sending the Book and page number along with the names, date, island and district if given.


Order Certificates from Hawaii Department of Health
State of Hawaii, Department of Health, Vital Records $; Use the Ulukau.org index.
Write a letter sending the Book and page number along with the names, date, island and district if given.


Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
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Marriages 1930 to Present

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information

Currently there are no online indexes to marriages for this time period.

STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate

If you know the name of the bride and groom and the date of the marriage you may obtain the certificate from the Hawaii State Department of Health.

See list of restrictions for ordering marriage records



Restrictions for Obtaining Marriage Records

Restrictions for persons who married within the last 75 years:
To obtain a copy of the marriage certificate for those who married within the last 75 years, you must be: 

  • The registrant (person whom the record is concerned with) 
  • The registrant's spouse 
  • The registrant's parents 
  • A descendant of the registrant, such as child or grandchild 
  • A person having a common ancestor with the registrant (sibling, grandparent, aunt, uncle or cousin) 
  • A legal guardian of the registrant 
  • A person or agency acting on behalf of the registrant 
  • A personal representative of the registrant's estate 
  • A person whose right to obtain a copy of the record is established by an order of a court of competent jurisdiction 
  • Adoptive parents who have filed a petition for adoption and need to determine the death of one or more of the prospective adopted child’s natural or legal parents 
  • A person who needs to determine the marital status of a former spouse in order to determine the payment of alimony 
  • A person who needs to determine the death of a non-related co-owner of property purchased under a joint tenancy agreement 
  • A person who needs a death certificate for the determination of payments under a credit insurance policy 
NOTE: A copy of the marriage record cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above until 75 years have passed from the date of the marriage.


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Sources

  1. State of Hawaii, Department of Health, Vital Records; "Who is Eligible to Apply for a Genealogy Request?"; http://health.hawaii.gov/vitalrecords/geneaology/

 

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