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Finding Nevada Marriage Records

  • Statewide registration of marriages and divorces began in 1911; however, many Nevada counties began keeping records at a much earlier date.
  • To obtain a marriage or a divorce record, write to the county recorder of the county where the event took place.
  • Nevada marriage records are open to the public.
  • When consulting the originals one may find licenses in one county office and the certificate series in another location.
  • The Family History Library has microfilmed many of the early county marriage registers.



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Marriages Before 1887

  • Before 1887, very few records exist
  • Statewide registration of marriage records began in 1911
  • For records prior to 1911, contact the county recorder's office, or in some counties, the county health department. Some county records begin as early as 1887.


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


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Marriages 1887 to 1911

Nevada Marriage Database - Includes Index and Digital Images
Try:
Nevada State Library and Archives

The Nevada State Library and Archives has a partial list of marriage records.

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 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 Family Search Center.
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Marriages 1911 to 1955

Statewide registration of vital statistics began in 1911. You can obtain marriage certificates by writing to:

Nevada Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Vital Records
4150 Technology Way, Suite 104
Carson City, Nevada 89706
Telephone: 775-684-4242
Fax: 775-684-4156

The current fees for obtaining copies of the state's records are listed at VitalRecords.com.

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 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 Family Search Center.
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Marriages 1956 to 2005

Nevada Marriage Database - Index
Try 1st:
Nevada, Marriage Index, 1956-2005

Free; collection includes records from 1956 to 2005: Free name index online at FamilySearch.

The collection consists of an index to marriages from the Nevada State Health Division, Office of Vital Records. The index is provided by Ancestry.com.

Try 2nd:
County Clerk If you do not find your ancestor in the marriage index you may order a marriage record. Contact the county clerk where you think the marriage took place. It is usually less expensive to order a marriage record from the county clerk, so begin your search with the county clerk.
Try 3rd:
Nevada Department of Health If you do not find your ancestor in the marriage index you may order a marriage record. Contact the Nevada Department of Public Health using this form. It is usually less expensive to order a marriage record from the county clerk, so begin your search with the county clerk.
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 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 Family Search Center.
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Marriages 2005 to Present

Marriage licenses may be found in the county records where the marriage occurred.

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information

To Order Marriage Certificates
From County where Marriage occurred From NV Dept. of Health State office
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state County websites can be more difficult to use Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee May be more expensive than ordering from the county

Ask for the marriage license or the marriage register, not the marriage certificate. The license or register usually contains more information.

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