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Record Description

This collection includes marriage records from Accra, Ghana, covering the years 1863 to 2003.

The records were acquired from the Public Records and Archives Administration (PRAA) and are both typed and handwritten in printed forms.

Traditional, or customary, Ghanian marriages are performed by family elders. The elders of the two families, along with the potential bride and groom, meet together for a bargaining.

If you want to learn more about how a marriage is performed in Ghana, BYU Research Outline has more information.

For a list of record categories currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Ghana, Accra, Marriages, 1863-2003.

Record Content

Marriage records generally contain the following information:

  • Name and age of groom
  • Residence of groom
  • Name and age of bride
  • Residence of bride
  • Date and Place of Marriage
  • Other existing marriages of groom
  • Condition of wife (Spinster or Divorcee)
  • Names of witnesses

How to Use the Record

To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of bride or groom
  • Approximate year and place of marriage

Search the Collection

To search the collection image by image select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page:
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type"
⇒Select the appropriate "Dates and Volume" which will take you to the images.

Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

Using the Information

When you have found the information that you are looking for, the following will help you in your research:

Use the age to calculate the birth year.

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Known Issues with This Collection

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Related Websites

Ghana Research Outline - This outline was written by BYU Family History Library. It describes Ghana's genealogical records.

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Citations for This Collection

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Collection Citation:

"Ghana, Accra, Marriages, 1863-2003." Images. FamilySearch. Website: accessed 2016. Citing Public Records and Archives Administration Department, Accra.

Image Citation:

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Ghana, Accra, Marriages, 1863-2003.


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