How to Find Maryland Marriage Records

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''[[How to Find United States Marriage Records|How To Find U.S. Marriage Records]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Maryland]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Maryland Marriage Records'''
  
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== Finding Kentucky Marriage Records ==
  
[[How to Find United States Marriage Records|How To Find U.S. Marriage Records]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] How To Find Maryland Marriage Records
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*Marriages are kept by the county clerk for each county and begin at the creation of the county
 
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*1958 - county clerks began sending copies to the state
== Finding Maryland Marriage Records  ==
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{{Tip|More marriage information is usually found on the '''marriage license application''' or the '''marriage register'''. Less information is found on the '''marriage certificate'''. }}
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:<span style="font-size:120%">Choose a time period:</span>
:*'''[[How to Find Maryland Marriage Records#Marriages_1640_thru_1776|1640 thru 1776]]'''  
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Maryland Marriage Records#Marriages_Before_1777|Before 1777]]''' </span>
:*'''[[How to Find Maryland Marriage Records#Marriages_1777_thru_1864|1777 thru 1864]]'''
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Maryland Marriage Records#Marriages_1777_to_1990|1777 to 1990]]''' </span>
:*'''[[How to Find Maryland Marriage Records#Marriages_1865_thru_1885|1865 thru 1885]]'''  
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Maryland Marriage Records#Marriages_1990_to_Present|1990 to Present]]''' </span>
:*'''[[How to Find Maryland Marriage Records#Marriages_1886_thru_1913|1886 thru 1913]]'''
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Estimate United States Marriage Information|Marriage year unknown]]'''</span>
:*'''[[How to Find Maryland Marriage Records#Marriages_1914_thru_2003|1914 thru 2003]]'''
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:*'''[[How to Find Maryland Marriage Records#Marriages_2004_thru_Present|2004 thru Present]]'''  
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:*'''[[How to Estimate United States Marriage Information|Marriage year unknown]]'''
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== '''Marriages Before 1777'''  ==
  
== '''Marriages 1640 thru 1776'''  ==
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*Marriages are kept by the county clerk for each county and begin at the creation of the county
  
*Maryland's earliest marriage records are indexes which refer to records which imply marriage information. &nbsp;The dates refer to the record, '''not''' the date of the marriage.
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If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for marriage information in [[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|other records]].  
  
==== '''STEP ONE: Find Death Information'''  ====
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==== '''STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information in Index'''  ====
  
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| colspan="4" | '''Marriage Indexes and Digital Images '''
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| align="left" colspan="2" | ''Try: 1st''  
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| width="15%" align="left" | '''Database Name - Index and Image'''
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| width="30%" | FamilySearch, Marriages, 1797-1954
| 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=marriage Maryland State Archives]
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| width="70%" align="left" colspan="2" | {{RecordSearch|1804888|On FamilySearch}}; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years
| width="65%" |  
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| align="center" | 184,092
'''Free;''' name index <br>
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| Ancestry, Marriages, 1852-1914
| width="25%" | [http://guide.mdsa.net/series.cfm?action=viewSeries&ID=SE27 Marriage Licenses and Records Index 1649-1886] online at [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=marriage Maryland State Archives]  
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| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1117 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers]
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| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1117 $, Use your own Ancestry subscription]  
'''Free;''' name index and card file, select the word '''link''' to see index cards&nbsp;<br>
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| align="center" | 230,792
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| colspan="4" | '''If you do not locate the marriage in the above, try:'''
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| align="left" colspan="3" | ''Ancestry Database - Choose one of the following:''  
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| width="15%" align="left" | '''Database Name-Index Only '''  
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| width="70%" align="left" colspan="2" | '''Link or links to access database'''
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| width="15%" align="center" | # of records
 
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| width="30%" | FamilySearch, Marriages, 1785-1979
| [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7846 1655-1850 - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries]
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| width="70%" align="left" colspan="2" | {{RecordSearch|1674849|On FamilySearch}}; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years
| '''Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries;''' [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Find your local FamilySearch Center]
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| align="center" | 1,532,533
 
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| Ancestry, Marriages, 1795-1850
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| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3455 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers]
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| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3455 $, Use your own Ancestry subscription]
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| align="center" | 7,970
 
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| Ancestry, Marriages, 1802-1850
| [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7846 1655-1850 - use your Ancestry subscription]  
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| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2089 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers]  
| '''$,''' [http://www.ancestry.com/cs/offers/freetrial?o_iid=48816&o_lid=48816&o_sch=Web+Property To obtain a subscription to Ancestry]; Ancestry is often available for free through your local public library
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| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2089 $, Use your own Ancestry subscription]  
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| align="center" | 72,640
 
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| Ancestry, Marriages, 1851-1900
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| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4428 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers]
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| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4428 $, Use your own Ancestry subscription]
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| '''''Can't access Ancestry?'''''  
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| Visit your [https://www.familysearch.org/locations local Family History Center] or your local public library.
| Go to Step Two listed below. You may be able to order the marriage record for your ancestor from the [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=death Maryland State Archives].
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| align="left" colspan="2" | '''Can't find your ancestor in the online index?'''  
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| width="30%" | '''No marriage record for your ancestor?'''  
| [[Tips for Searching an Online Index|Tips for searching online indexes]]
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[[Gretna Greens in the United States|Search for Gretna Greens]]-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive. <br> [[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|Search other records]] with marriage information.
| align="left" colspan="2" | '''No death record for your ancestor?'''
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| [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|Other records with death information]]
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==== '''STEP TWO: Obtain the Record'''  ====
 
==== '''STEP TWO: Obtain the Record'''  ====
  
<br> Copies Marriage records may be available from the [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=death Maryland State Archives].
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If you did not find your ancestor in the databases above, follow the instructions below:  
  
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'''PART A: You don't know the exact date or place of marriage'''
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| align="center" colspan="4" | '''To Order Marriage Records'''
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | You know the marriage date from the index
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | You do not know the marriage date
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=death Maryland State Archives]
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=death Maryland State Archives]
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | Request a copy
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | The archives will search for one name in one index, and provide one document for their fee
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<br> '''Marriage Records on Microfilm''' <br> <br> Some records may also be available at your local FamilySearch Center. Use the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search Family History Library Catalog (FHLC)] to see what is available.  
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:*If you know the county of marriage, you can request a search for a fee from the [http://elect.ky.gov/contactcountyclerks/pages/default.aspx county clerk].  
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:*If you don't know the date or county of marriage, you can also try searching for marriage information in [[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|other records.]]
  
::*Search the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search FHLC] by county, then vital records.
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'''PART B: You know the exact date and place of marriage from your records'''
::*Select the topic Vital Records.
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::*For a small fee, [https://familysearch.org/films/ order the microfilm] to view at a local Family Search Center.
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<br> If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases above, try searching for marriage information in [[Marriage Information Substitute Records|other records]].  
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:*Order a copy of a marriage record for a fee from the [http://elect.ky.gov/contactcountyclerks/pages/default.aspx county clerk].
  
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| '''1. Look first in'''
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| '''2. Then search'''
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| [[Maryland Church Records|Church Records]]<br>
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[[Maryland Newspapers|Newspapers]]<br> [[Maryland Military Records|Military Records]]<br> [[United States Obituaries|Obituaries]]
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| [[Maryland Census|Census Records]]
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:*View a copy of a marriage record on microfilm at a Family Search Center:
[[Maryland Cemeteries|Cemetery Records]]<br> [[Maryland Vital Records|Death Records]]<br> [[Maryland Bible Records|Bible Records]]
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Some images of county marriage records may be available on microfilm at your local [http://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?c= Family Search Center]. If you know the approximate date and county where the marriage took place, use the&nbsp;[http://familysearch.org/catalog-search Family History Library Catalog (FHLC)] to see what is available.
  
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::*Search the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search FHLC] by county.
<center>[[How to Find Maryland Marriage Records#Finding_Maryland_Marriage_Records|Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year]]</center> <center><br></center>  
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::*Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.
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::*For a small fee, [https://familysearch.org/films/ order the microfilm] to view at a local FamilySearch Center.
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<center>[[How to Find Kentucky Marriage Records#Finding_Kentucky_Marriage_Records|Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year]]</center> <center><br></center>  
 
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== '''Marriages 1770 to 1990'''  ==
  
== '''Marriages 1777 thru 1864'''  ==
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Online marriage indexes are incomplete for the years 1958 to the present, but are very good for the years 1973 to 2000.
  
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==== '''STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information in Index''' ====
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| align="left" colspan="3" | '''District of Columbia Marriage Database - Includes Index and Digital Images'''  
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| width="25%" | {{RecordSearch|1675199|Maryland Marriages, 1666-1970}}
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'''Free;''' name index online at FamilySearch.
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" border="1"
 
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| align="left" colspan="2" | '''Can't find your ancestor in the online index?'''
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| colspan="4" | '''Marriage Indexes'''
| [[Tips for Searching an Online Index|Tips for searching online indexes]]
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| align="left" colspan="2" | '''No marriage record for your ancestor?'''  
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| width="15%" align="left" | '''Database Name-Index Only '''  
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| width="70%" align="left" colspan="2" | '''Link or links to access database'''  
[[Gretna Greens in the United States|Search for Gretna Greens]]-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.
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| width="15%" align="center" | # of records
 
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[[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|Other records with marriage information]]
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'''Marriage Records on Microfilm''' <br> <br> Some records may also be available at your local FamilySearch Center. Use the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search Family History Library Catalog (FHLC)] to see what is available.
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::*Search the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search FHLC] by county, then vital records.
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::*Select the topic Vital Records.
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::*For a small fee, [https://familysearch.org/films/ order the microfilm] to view at a local Family Search Center.
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<center>[[How to Find Maryland Marriage Records#Finding_Maryland_Marriage_Records|Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year]]</center> <center><br></center>
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| width="30%" | FamilySearch, Marriages, 1785-1979
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| width="70%" align="left" colspan="2" | {{RecordSearch|1674849|On FamilySearch}}; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years
 
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| align="center" | 1,532,533
== '''Marriages 1865 thru 1885'''  ==
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" border="0"
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| align="left" colspan="3" | '''Order a copy of the original marriage record'''
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| width="30%" | RootsWeb, Marriages, 1973-2000
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| width="70%" align="left" colspan="2" | [http://vitals.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ky/marriage/search.cgi\ On RootsWeb]; free
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| align="center" | 1,213,864
 
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| width="10%" | ''Try''
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| Ancestry, Marriages, 1973-1999
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| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8787 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers]
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| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8787 $, Use your own Ancestry subscription]
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| align="center" | 2,342,097
 
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| width="30%" | Univ. of KY, Marriages, 1973-1993
| width="25%" | Order a copy of the license from the [http://www.dccourts.gov/internet/public/aud_marriage/marriage.jsf District of Columbia Superior Court]&nbsp;($)
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| width="70%" align="left" colspan="2" | [http://ukcc.uky.edu/vitalrec/ On University of Kentucky website]; free; date is given in a code: MM/DD/YY
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| align="center" | Undisclosed
*You must provide full names, maiden names, and date of the marriage.
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*Plain copies are less expensive than certified copies.<br>
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*'''Indexes and copies are available on microfilm thru 1986'''. See Marriage Records on Microfilm below.&nbsp;
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*You may order a copy in person or by mail.
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*Clerk of the Superior Court of Washington D.C.
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:500 Indiana Ave NW, Room 2500
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:Washington, D.C. 20001
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| align="left" colspan="2" | '''No marriage record for your ancestor?'''
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[[Gretna Greens in the United States|Search for Gretna Greens]]-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.
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[[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|Other records with marriage information]]
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|}
 
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'''Marriage Records on Microfilm''' <br>District marriage records are available on microfilm at your local [http://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?c= Family Search Center]. Use the&nbsp;[http://familysearch.org/catalog-search Family History Library Catalog (FHLC)] to see what is available.
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==== '''STEP TWO: Obtain the Record''' ====
  
::*{{FHL|682872|item|disp=District of Columbia Marriages, 1811-1950; Index 1811-1986}}
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'''PART A: You don't know the exact date or place of marriage'''
::*For a small fee, [https://familysearch.org/films/ order the microfilm] to view at a local Family Search Center.
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<center>[[How to Find Maryland Marriage Records#Finding_Maryland_Marriage_Records|Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year]]</center> <center><br></center>
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== '''Marriages 1886 thru 1913'''  ==
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:*If you know the county of marriage, you can request a search for a fee from the [http://elect.ky.gov/contactcountyclerks/pages/default.aspx county clerk]&nbsp;or<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">&nbsp;the </span>[http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/vital/mdcert.htm Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics]<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">.</span>
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:*If you don't know the date or county of marriage, you can also try searching for marriage information in [[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|other records.]]
  
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'''PART B: You know the exact date and place of marriage from your records'''  
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| width="25%" | Order a copy of the license from the [http://www.dccourts.gov/internet/public/aud_marriage/marriage.jsf District of Columbia Superior Court]&nbsp;($)
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*You must provide full names, maiden names, and date of the marriage.
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*Plain copies are less expensive than certified copies.<br>
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*'''Indexes and copies are available on microfilm thru 1986'''. See Marriage Records on Microfilm below.&nbsp;
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*You may order a copy in person or by mail.
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*Clerk of the Superior Court of Washington D.C.
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:500 Indiana Ave NW, Room 2500
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:*A copy of a marriage record may be ordered for a fee from the [http://elect.ky.gov/contactcountyclerks/pages/default.aspx county clerk].
:Washington, D.C. 20001
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|-
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''OR''  
| align="left" colspan="2" | '''No marriage record for your ancestor?'''
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|
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[[Gretna Greens in the United States|Search for Gretna Greens]]-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.
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[[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|Other records with marriage information]]  
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:*A copy of a marriage record may be ordered for a fee from the [http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/vital/mdcert.htm Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics].
  
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'''Marriage Records on Microfilm''' <br>District marriage records are available on microfilm at your local [http://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?c= Family Search Center]. Use the&nbsp;[http://familysearch.org/catalog-search Family History Library Catalog (FHLC)] to see what is available.
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::*{{FHL|682872|item|disp=District of Columbia Marriages, 1811-1950; Index 1811-1986}}
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::*For a small fee, [https://familysearch.org/films/ order the microfilm] to view at a local Family Search Center.
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<center>[[How to Find Maryland Marriage Records#Finding_Maryland_Marriage_Records|Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year]]</center> <center><br></center>
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| align="center" colspan="4" | '''To Order Marriage Certificates'''
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== '''Marriages 1914 thru 2003''' ==
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| align="left" colspan="3" | '''Order a copy of the original marriage record'''
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://elect.ky.gov/contactcountyclerks/pages/default.aspx From County where Marriage occurred]
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/vital/mdcert.htm Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics] <br>
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| width="10%" | ''Try''  
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| width="25%" align="center" | '''Pros'''  
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| width="25%" align="center" | '''Cons'''
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| width="25%" align="center" | '''Pros'''
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| May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state
| width="25%" | Order a copy of the license from the [http://www.dccourts.gov/internet/public/aud_marriage/marriage.jsf District of Columbia Superior Court]&nbsp;($)
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| County websites can be more difficult to use
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| Expedited service on [https://www.vitalchek.com/marriage-records/kentucky/kentucky-office-of-vital-statistics VitalChek]  
*You must provide full names, maiden names, and date of the marriage.
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| May be more expensive than ordering from the county
*Plain copies are less expensive than certified copies.<br>
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*'''Indexes and copies are available on microfilm thru 1986'''. See Marriage Records on Microfilm below.&nbsp;
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*You may order a copy in person or by mail.
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*Clerk of the Superior Court of Washington D.C.
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:500 Indiana Ave NW, Room 2500
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:Washington, D.C. 20001
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|-
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| align="left" colspan="2" | '''No marriage record for your ancestor?'''
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|
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[[Gretna Greens in the United States|Search for Gretna Greens]]-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.
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[[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|Other records with marriage information]]
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|
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<center>[[How to Find Kentucky Marriage Records#Finding_Kentucky_Marriage_Records|Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year]]</center> <center><br></center>  
'''Marriage Records on Microfilm''' <br>District marriage records are available on microfilm at your local [http://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?c= Family Search Center]. Use the&nbsp;[http://familysearch.org/catalog-search Family History Library Catalog (FHLC)] to see what is available.
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::*{{FHL|682872|item|disp=District of Columbia Marriages, 1811-1950; Index 1811-1986}}
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::*For a small fee, [https://familysearch.org/films/ order the microfilm] to view at a local Family Search Center.
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<center>[[How to Find Maryland Marriage Records#Finding_Maryland_Marriage_Records|Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year]]</center> <center><br></center>  
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<center><br><br></center>
 
== '''Marriages 2004 thru Present'''  ==
 
  
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How To Find U.S. Marriage Records go to Maryland Gotoarrow.png Maryland Marriage Records

Finding Kentucky Marriage Records

  • Marriages are kept by the county clerk for each county and begin at the creation of the county
  • 1958 - county clerks began sending copies to the state

Next Step: When did the marriage occur?

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Choose a time period:


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Marriages Before 1777

  • Marriages are kept by the county clerk for each county and begin at the creation of the county

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

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
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1797-1954 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 184,092
Ancestry, Marriages, 1852-1914 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 230,792
If you do not locate the marriage in the above, try:
Database Name-Index Only Link or links to access database # of records
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1785-1979 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 1,532,533
Ancestry, Marriages, 1795-1850 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 7,970
Ancestry, Marriages, 1802-1850 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 72,640
Ancestry, Marriages, 1851-1900 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 307,737
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

If you did not find your ancestor in the databases above, follow the instructions below:

PART A: You don't know the exact date or place of marriage

  • If you know the county of marriage, you can request a search for a fee from the county clerk.
  • If you don't know the date or county of marriage, you can also try searching for marriage information in other records.

PART B: You know the exact date and place of marriage from your records

  • Order a copy of a marriage record for a fee from the county clerk.

OR

  • View a copy of a marriage record on microfilm at a Family Search Center:

Some images of 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 Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) to see what is available.

  • Search the FHLC 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 FamilySearch Center.
Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year

Marriages 1770 to 1990

Online marriage indexes are incomplete for the years 1958 to the present, but are very good for the years 1973 to 2000.

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information in Index

Marriage Indexes
Database Name-Index Only Link or links to access database # of records
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1785-1979 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 1,532,533
RootsWeb, Marriages, 1973-2000 On RootsWeb; free 1,213,864
Ancestry, Marriages, 1973-1999 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 2,342,097
Univ. of KY, Marriages, 1973-1993 On University of Kentucky website; free; date is given in a code: MM/DD/YY Undisclosed

STEP TWO: Obtain the Record

PART A: You don't know the exact date or place of marriage

PART B: You know the exact date and place of marriage from your records

  • A copy of a marriage record may be ordered for a fee from the county clerk.

OR

To Order Marriage Certificates
From County where Marriage occurred Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state County websites can be more difficult to use Expedited service on VitalChek May be more expensive than ordering from the county
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Marriages 1990 to Present

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