How to Find Maryland Marriage Records

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== '''Marriages 1640 thru 1776'''  ==
 
== '''Marriages 1640 thru 1776'''  ==
  
*Before 1811, no marriages were recorded by the District. For records before 1801, search [[Virginia|Virginia]] and [[Maryland|Maryland]] records also.
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*Maryland's earliest marriage records are indexes which refer to records which imply marriage information.  The dates refer to the record, '''not''' the date of the marriage.
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==== '''STEP ONE: Find Death Information'''  ====
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| width="25%" | [http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/stagser/s1500/s1527/html/ssi1527.html Maryland Marriage References by Robert Barnes] online at [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=death Maryland State Archives]
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==== '''STEP TWO: Obtain the Record'''  ====
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<br> Copies Marriage records may be available from the [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=death Maryland State Archives].
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<br> <br> If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for marriage information in [[Marriage Information Substitute Records|other records]].  
 
<br> <br> If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for marriage information in [[Marriage Information Substitute Records|other records]].  
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== '''Marriages 1777 thru 1864'''  ==
 
== '''Marriages 1777 thru 1864'''  ==

Revision as of 19:42, 8 July 2013


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How To Find U.S. Marriage Records go to How To Find Maryland Marriage Records

Finding Maryland Marriage Records

  • In 1801, District of Columbia was created from the states of Virginia and Maryland. Statewide registration of marriages began in 1811.


Next Step: When did the marriage occur?

Marriage Records
Choose a time period:


Learn more about U.S. Marriage Records


Marriages 1640 thru 1776

  • Maryland's earliest marriage records are indexes which refer to records which imply marriage information.  The dates refer to the record, not the date of the marriage.

STEP ONE: Find Death Information

Maryland Death Index Only
Try: 1st
Maryland Marriage References by Robert Barnes online at Maryland State Archives

Free; name index

Try 2nd:
Ancestry Database - Choose one of the following:

1655-1850 - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center

1655-1850 - use your Ancestry subscription $, To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available for free through your local public library
Can't access Ancestry? Go to Step Two listed below. You may be able to order the marriage record for your ancestor from the Maryland State Archives.
Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No death record for your ancestor? Other records with death information

STEP TWO: Obtain the Record


Copies Marriage records may be available from the Maryland State Archives.

To Order Marriage Records
You know the death date from the index You do not know the death date
Maryland State Archives Maryland State Archives
Request a copy The archives will search for one name in one index, and provide one document for their fee

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Return to top: Choose another marriage year




If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for marriage information in other records.

1. Look first in 2. Then search
Church Records

Newspapers
Military Records
Obituaries

Census Records

Cemetery Records
Death Records
Bible Records


Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year


Marriages 1777 thru 1864

District of Columbia Marriage Database - Includes Index and Digital Images
Try:
Maryland Marriages, 1666-1970

Free; name index online at FamilySearch.


Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No marriage record for your ancestor?

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

Other records with marriage information

Marriage Records on Microfilm

Some records may also be available at your local FamilySearch Center. Use the Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) to see what is available.

  • Search the FHLC by county, then vital records.
  • Select the topic Vital Records.
  • For a small fee, order the microfilm to view at a local Family Search Center.
Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year

Marriages 1865 thru 1885

Order a copy of the original marriage record
Try
Order a copy of the license from the District of Columbia Superior Court ($)
  • You must provide full names, maiden names, and date of the marriage.
  • Plain copies are less expensive than certified copies.
  • Indexes and copies are available on microfilm thru 1986. See Marriage Records on Microfilm below. 
  • You may order a copy in person or by mail.
  • Clerk of the Superior Court of Washington D.C.
500 Indiana Ave NW, Room 2500
Washington, D.C. 20001
No marriage record for your ancestor?

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

Other records with marriage information

Marriage Records on Microfilm
District marriage records are available on microfilm at your local Family Search Center. Use the Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) to see what is available.

Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year

Marriages 1886 thru 1913

Order a copy of the original marriage record
Try
Order a copy of the license from the District of Columbia Superior Court ($)
  • You must provide full names, maiden names, and date of the marriage.
  • Plain copies are less expensive than certified copies.
  • Indexes and copies are available on microfilm thru 1986. See Marriage Records on Microfilm below. 
  • You may order a copy in person or by mail.
  • Clerk of the Superior Court of Washington D.C.
500 Indiana Ave NW, Room 2500
Washington, D.C. 20001
No marriage record for your ancestor?

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

Other records with marriage information

Marriage Records on Microfilm
District marriage records are available on microfilm at your local Family Search Center. Use the Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) to see what is available.

Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year

Marriages 1914 thru 2003

Order a copy of the original marriage record
Try
Order a copy of the license from the District of Columbia Superior Court ($)
  • You must provide full names, maiden names, and date of the marriage.
  • Plain copies are less expensive than certified copies.
  • Indexes and copies are available on microfilm thru 1986. See Marriage Records on Microfilm below. 
  • You may order a copy in person or by mail.
  • Clerk of the Superior Court of Washington D.C.
500 Indiana Ave NW, Room 2500
Washington, D.C. 20001
No marriage record for your ancestor?

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

Other records with marriage information

Marriage Records on Microfilm
District marriage records are available on microfilm at your local Family Search Center. Use the Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) to see what is available.

Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year



Marriages 2004 thru Present

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