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Finding District of Columbia Marriage Records

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


Next Step: When did the marriage occur?

Choose a time period to search for your ancestor's birth record:


Learn more about U.S. Marriage Records

Marriages before 1811

  • Before 1811, no marriages were recorded by the District. For records before 1801, search Virginia and Maryland records also.

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 between 1811 and 1950

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, 1811-1950 On FamilySearch; free 659,487
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, 1830-1921 On FamilySearch; free 239,999
Ancestry, Marriages, 1801-1825 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 9,661
Ancestry, Marriages, 1826-1850 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 9,240
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

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

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.
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Marriages after 1950

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. Also try 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.

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