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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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[[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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== Finding Maryland Marriage Records  ==
 
== Finding Maryland Marriage Records  ==
  
 
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*Colonial marriages were recorded by the Church of England and other religious bodies
{{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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*Marriages are kept by the circuit court for each county and begin in 1777 or at the creation of the county
 
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*1990 - county circuit court clerks began sending copies to the state
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Maryland Marriage Records#Marriages_Before_1777|Before 1777]]''' </span>
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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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:*'''[[How to Find Maryland Marriage Records#Marriages_1886_thru_1913|1886 thru 1913]]'''
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:*'''[[How to Find Maryland Marriage Records#Marriages_1914_thru_2003|1914 thru 2003]]'''
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== '''Marriages Before 1777'''  ==
  
== '''Marriages 1640 thru 1776'''  ==
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*Colonial marriages were recorded by the Church of England and other religious bodies
  
*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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==== '''STEP ONE: Find Death Information'''  ====
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| align="left" colspan="3" | '''Maryland Death Index Only'''  
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| colspan="4" | '''Marriage Indexes'''
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| align="left" colspan="2" | ''Try: 1st''  
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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, 1666-1970
| 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|1675199|On FamilySearch}}; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years
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| align="center" | 256,134
'''Free;''' name index <br>
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| Ancestry, Marriages, 1655-1850
| 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=7846 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers]
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| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7846 $, 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" | 257,488
 
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| align="left" colspan="2" | ''Try 2nd:''
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| width="30%" | Maryland State Archives, Marriages, 1600s-1800s
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| width="70%" align="left" colspan="2" | [http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/stagser/s1500/s1527/html/ssi1527.html#list On Maryland State Archives]; free
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| align="center" | Undisclosed
 
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| align="left" colspan="3" | ''Ancestry Database - Choose one of the following:''
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| Ancestry, Marriages, 1667-1899
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| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4729 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers]
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| align="center" | 84,761
 
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| width="10%" | <br>
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| Ancestry, Marriages, 1634-1777
| [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7846 1655-1850 - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries]  
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| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4738 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers]  
| '''Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries;''' [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Find your local FamilySearch Center]
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| align="center" | 23,319
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" border="0"
 
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|-
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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.
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| width="10%" | <br>
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| [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7846 1655-1850 - use your Ancestry subscription]
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| '''$,''' [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="30%" | '''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. <br> [[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|Search other records]] with marriage information.
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| width="25%" | ''Can't access Ancestry?''
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| 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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| [[Tips for Searching an Online Index|Tips for searching online indexes]]  
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| 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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|}
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==== '''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].
 
 
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" border="1"
 
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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
 
| 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]
 
| 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
 
| 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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Search [[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|substitute records]] to locate your ancestor’s marriage date and place:
 
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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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<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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<center>[[How to Find Maryland Marriage Records#Finding_Maryland_Marriage_Records|Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year]]</center> <center><br></center>  
 
<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 1777 to 1990'''  ==
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*Marriages are kept by the circuit court for each county and begin in 1777 or at the creation of the county
  
== '''Marriages 1777 thru 1864'''  ==
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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]].
  
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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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| colspan="4" | '''Marriage Indexes'''
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| width="10%" | ''Try:''  
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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, 1666-1970
| width="25%" | {{RecordSearch|1675199|Maryland Marriages, 1666-1970}}  
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| width="70%" align="left" colspan="2" | {{RecordSearch|1675199|On FamilySearch}}; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years
| width="65%" |  
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| align="center" | 256,134
'''Free;''' name index online at FamilySearch.
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|-
 
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| align="left" colspan="2" | '''Can't find your ancestor in the online index?'''
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| Ancestry, Marriages, 1655-1850
| [[Tips for Searching an Online Index|Tips for searching online indexes]]  
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| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7846 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers]
|  
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| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7846 $, Use your own Ancestry subscription]  
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| align="center" | 257,488
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" colspan="2" | '''No marriage record for your ancestor?'''
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| width="30%" | Maryland State Archives, Marriages, 1600s-1800s
|
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| width="70%" align="left" colspan="2" | [http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/stagser/s1500/s1527/html/ssi1527.html#list On Maryland State Archives]; free
[[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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| align="center" | Undisclosed
 
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[[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|Other records with marriage information]]
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|
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|}
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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="99%" border="0" align="center"
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! valign="middle" bgcolor="#302040" scope="col" |  
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| Ancestry, Marriages, 1667-1899
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| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4729 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers]
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| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4729 $, Use your own Ancestry subscription]
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| align="center" | 84,761
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|-
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| Ancestry, Marriages, 1634-1777
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| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4738 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers]
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| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4738 $, Use your own Ancestry subscription]
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| align="center" | 23,319
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| Ancestry, Marriages, 1778-1800
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| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48201 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers]
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| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48201 $, Use your own Ancestry subscription]
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| align="center" | 317
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| Ancestry, Marriages, 1801-1820
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| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48202 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers]
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| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48202 $, Use your own Ancestry subscription]
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| align="center" | 260
 
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== '''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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| '''''Can't access Ancestry?'''''  
|  
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| Visit your [https://www.familysearch.org/locations local Family History Center] or your local public library.
|
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|-
 
|-
| width="10%" | ''Try''  
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| width="30%" | '''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. <br> [[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|Search other records]] with marriage information.  
|-
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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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:Washington, D.C. 20001
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|-
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==== '''STEP TWO: Obtain the Record''' ====
| 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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If you did not find your ancestor in the databases above, follow the instructions below:
  
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==== Obtain the Record  ====
|}
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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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'''PART A: You don't know the exact date or place of marriage'''  
  
::*{{FHL|682872|item|disp=District of Columbia Marriages, 1811-1950; Index 1811-1986}}
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:*If you know the county of marriage, you can request a search for a fee from the [http://www.courts.state.md.us/circuit/ county circuit court] or [http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/homepage/html/order_records.html Maryland State Archives].  
::*For a small fee, [https://familysearch.org/films/ order the microfilm] to view at a local Family Search Center.
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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.]]
<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="99%" border="0" align="center"
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'''PART B: You know the exact date and place of marriage from your records'''
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! valign="middle" bgcolor="#302040" scope="col" |
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:*A copy of a marriage record may be ordered for a fee (up to 2003) from [http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/homepage/html/order_records.html Maryland State Archives].
|}
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''OR''
  
== '''Marriages 1886 thru 1913'''  ==
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:*A copy of a marriage record may be ordered for a fee from the [http://www.courts.state.md.us/circuit/ county circuit court].
  
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" border="0"
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" border="1"
 
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| align="left" colspan="3" | '''Order a copy of the original marriage record'''  
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| align="center" colspan="6" | '''To Order Marriage Certificates'''
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| width="10%" | ''Try''
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://www.courts.state.md.us/circuit/ From County where Marriage occurred]
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/homepage/html/order_records.html Maryland State Archives]
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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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| width="25%" align="center" | '''Cons'''
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| May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state
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| County websites can be more difficult to use
 
|  
 
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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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| May be more expensive than ordering from the county
| width="65%" |
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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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:*View a copy of a marriage record on microfilm at a Family Search Center:
:Washington, D.C. 20001
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|-
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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 FamilySearch Catalog ] to see what is available.  
| 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.  
+
  
[[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|Other records with marriage information]]  
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::*Search the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search FamilySearch Catalog] by county.
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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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== '''Marriages 1990 to Present'''  ==
|}
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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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*1990 - county circuit court clerks began sending copies to the state
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*Currently, there are no online indexes to Maryland marriages for the years 1990 to the present
  
::*{{FHL|682872|item|disp=District of Columbia Marriages, 1811-1950; Index 1811-1986}}
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==== Obtain the Record  ====
::*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 1914 thru 2003''' ==
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'''PART A: You don't know the exact date or place of marriage'''  
  
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" border="0"
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:*If you know the county of marriage, you can request a search for a fee from the [http://www.courts.state.md.us/circuit/ county circuit court], [http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/homepage/html/order_records.html Maryland State Archives], or the [http://dhmh.maryland.gov/vsa/SitePages/marriage.aspx Maryland Department of Health].  
|-
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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.]]
| align="left" colspan="3" | '''Order a copy of the original marriage record'''
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|
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|
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|-
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| width="10%" | ''Try''
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|
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|
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|-
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|
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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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| width="65%" |
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*You must provide full names, maiden names, and date of the marriage.  
+
*Plain copies are less expensive than certified copies.<br>
+
*'''Indexes and copies are available on microfilm thru 1986'''. See Marriage Records on Microfilm below.&nbsp;
+
*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
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'''PART B: You know the exact date and place of marriage from your records'''
:Washington, D.C. 20001
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|-
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:*A copy of a marriage record may be ordered for a fee (up to 2003) from [http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/homepage/html/order_records.html Maryland State Archives].
| 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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''OR''
  
|
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:*A copy of a marriage record may be ordered for a fee from the [http://www.courts.state.md.us/circuit/ county circuit court].
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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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:*[[Maryland Vital Records: Marriages|Maryland Vital Records: Marriages]]
 
 
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:*[[How to Find United States Marriage Records#Tips_about_Searching_United_States_Marriage_Records|Learn more about U.S. marriage records]]  
 
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How To Find U.S. Marriage Records go to Maryland Gotoarrow.png Maryland Marriage Records

Finding Maryland Marriage Records

  • Colonial marriages were recorded by the Church of England and other religious bodies
  • Marriages are kept by the circuit court for each county and begin in 1777 or at the creation of the county
  • 1990 - county circuit court clerks began sending copies to the state

Next Step: When did the marriage occur?

Marriage Records
Choose a time period:


Learn more about U.S. Marriage Records

Marriages Before 1777

  • Colonial marriages were recorded by the Church of England and other religious bodies
Marriage Indexes
Database Name-Index Only Link or links to access database # of records
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1666-1970 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 256,134
Ancestry, Marriages, 1655-1850 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 257,488
Maryland State Archives, Marriages, 1600s-1800s On Maryland State Archives; free Undisclosed
Ancestry, Marriages, 1667-1899 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 84,761
Ancestry, Marriages, 1634-1777 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 23,319
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.

Search substitute records to locate your ancestor’s marriage date and place:

1. Look first in 2. Then search
Church Records

Newspapers
Military Records
Obituaries

Census Records

Cemetery Records
Death Records
Bible Records

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Marriages 1777 to 1990

  • Marriages are kept by the circuit court for each county and begin in 1777 or 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
Database Name-Index Only Link or links to access database # of records
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1666-1970 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 256,134
Ancestry, Marriages, 1655-1850 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 257,488
Maryland State Archives, Marriages, 1600s-1800s On Maryland State Archives; free Undisclosed
Ancestry, Marriages, 1667-1899 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 84,761
Ancestry, Marriages, 1634-1777 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 23,319
Ancestry, Marriages, 1778-1800 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 317
Ancestry, Marriages, 1801-1820 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 260
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:

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

OR

To Order Marriage Certificates
From County where Marriage occurred Maryland State Archives
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state County websites can be more difficult to use May be more expensive than ordering from the county
  • 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 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 FamilySearch Center.

Marriages 1990 to Present

  • 1990 - county circuit court clerks began sending copies to the state
  • Currently, there are no online indexes to Maryland marriages for the years 1990 to the present

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

OR

OR

To Order Marriage Certificates
From County where Marriage occurred Maryland Department of Health
Maryland State Archives
Pros Cons 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 May be more expensive than ordering from the county
Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year

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