How to Find United States Marriage Records

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== '''Start Here: Where Did the Marriage Occur?'''  ==
 
== '''Start Here: Where Did the Marriage Occur?'''  ==
  
To find a marriage record, choose the state the birth occurred:  
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To find a marriage record, choose the state where the marriage occurred:  
  
 
:'''''What if you don't know the state?''''' — Go to [[How to Estimate United States Marriage Information|'''How to Estimate Marriage Information''']]
 
:'''''What if you don't know the state?''''' — Go to [[How to Estimate United States Marriage Information|'''How to Estimate Marriage Information''']]
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*[[Alabama Birth, Marriage, and Death Records|Alabama]]   
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*[[How to Find Alabama Marriage Records|Alabama]]   
*[[Alaska Vital Records|Alaska]]   
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*[[How to Find Alaska Marriage Records|Alaska]]   
*[[Arizona Birth, Marriage and Death Records|Arizona]]   
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*[[How to Find Arizona Marriage Records|Arizona]]   
*[[Arkansas Birth, Marriage and Death Records|Arkansas]]   
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*[[How to Find Arkansas Marriage Records|Arkansas]]   
*[[California Vital Records|California]]   
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*[[How to Find California Marriage Records|California]]   
*[[Colorado Vital Records|Colorado]]   
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*[[How to Find Colorado Marriage Records|Colorado]]   
*[[Connecticut Vital Records|Connecticut]]   
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*[[How to Find Connecticut Marriage Records|Connecticut]]   
*[[Delaware Vital Records|Delaware]]   
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*[[How to Find Delaware Marriage Records|Delaware]]   
*[[District of Columbia Vital Records|District of Columbia]]   
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*[[How to Find District of Columbia Marriage Records|District of Columbia]]   
*[[Florida Vital Records|Florida]]   
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*[[How to Find Florida Marriage Records|Florida]]   
*[[Georgia Vital Records|Georgia]]   
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*[[How to Find Georgia Marriage Records|Georgia]]   
*[[Hawaii Vital Records|Hawaii]]   
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*[[How to Find Hawaii Marriage Records|Hawaii]]   
*[[Idaho Vital Records|Idaho]]   
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*[[How to Find Idaho Marriage Records|Idaho]]   
*[[Illinois Vital Records|Illinois]]   
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*[[How to Find Illinois Marriage Records|Illinois]]   
*[[Indiana Vital Records|Indiana]]   
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*[[How to Find Indiana Marriage Records|Indiana]]   
*[[Iowa Vital Records|Iowa]]   
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*[[How to Find Iowa Marriage Records|Iowa]]   
*[[Kansas Vital Records|Kansas]]
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*[[How to Find Kansas Marriage Records|Kansas]]
  
 
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*[[Kentucky Vital Records|Kentucky]]   
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*[[How to Find Kentucky Marriage Records|Kentucky]]   
*[[Louisiana Vital Records|Louisiana]]   
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*[[How to Find Louisiana Marriage Records|Louisiana]]   
*[[Maine Vital Records|Maine]]   
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*[[How to Find Maine Marriage Records|Maine]]   
*[[Maryland Vital Records|Maryland]]   
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*[[How to Find Maryland Marriage Records|Maryland]]   
*[[Massachusetts Vital Records|Massachusetts]]   
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*[[How to Find Massachusetts Marriage Records|Massachusetts]]   
 
*[[How to Find Michigan Marriage Records|Michigan]]  
 
*[[How to Find Michigan Marriage Records|Michigan]]  
*[[Minnesota Vital Records|Minnesota]]   
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*[[How to Find Minnesota Marriage Records|Minnesota]]   
*[[Mississippi Vital Records|Mississippi]]   
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*[[How to Find Mississippi Marriage Records|Mississippi]]   
*[[Missouri Vital Records|Missouri]]   
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*[[How to Find Missouri Marriage Records|Missouri]]   
*[[Montana Vital Records|Montana]]   
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*[[How to Find Montana Marriage Records|Montana]]   
*[[Nebraska Vital Records|Nebraska]]   
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*[[How to Find Nebraska Marriage Records|Nebraska]]   
*[[Nevada Vital Records|Nevada]]   
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*[[How to Find Nevada Marriage Records|Nevada]]   
*[[New Hampshire Vital Records|New Hampshire]]   
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*[[How to Find New Hampshire Marriage Records|New Hampshire]]   
*[[New Jersey Vital Records|New Jersey]]   
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*[[How to Find New Jersey Marriage Records|New Jersey]]   
*[[New Mexico Vital Records|New Mexico]]   
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*[[How to Find New Mexico Marriage Records|New Mexico]]   
*[[New York Vital Records|New York]]   
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*[[How to Find New York Marriage Records|New York]]   
*[[North Carolina Vital Records|North Carolina]]<br>
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*[[How to Find North Carolina Marriage Records|North Carolina]]<br>
  
 
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*[[North Dakota Vital Records|North Dakota]]&nbsp;  
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*[[How to Find North Dakota Marriage Records|North Dakota]]&nbsp;  
*[[Ohio Vital Records|Ohio]]&nbsp;  
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*[[How to Find Ohio Marriage Records|Ohio]]&nbsp;  
*[[Oklahoma Vital Records|Oklahoma]]&nbsp;  
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*[[How to Find Oklahoma Marriage Records|Oklahoma]]&nbsp;  
*[[Oregon Vital Records|Oregon]]&nbsp;  
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*[[How to Find Oregon Marriage Records|Oregon]]&nbsp;  
*[[Pennsylvania Vital Records|Pennsylvania]]&nbsp;  
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*[[How to Find Pennsylvania Marriage Records|Pennsylvania]]&nbsp;  
*[[Rhode Island Vital Records|Rhode Island]]&nbsp;  
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*[[How to Find Rhode Island Marriage Records|Rhode Island]]&nbsp;  
*[[How to Find South Carolina Birth Records|South Carolina]]&nbsp;  
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*[[How to Find South Carolina Marriage Records|South Carolina]]&nbsp;  
*[[South Dakota Vital Records|South Dakota]]&nbsp;  
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*[[How to Find South Dakota Marriage Records|South Dakota]]&nbsp;  
*[[Tennessee Vital Records|Tennessee]]&nbsp;  
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*[[How to Find Tennessee Marriage Records|Tennessee]]&nbsp;  
*[[Texas Vital Records|Texas]]&nbsp;  
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*[[How to Find Texas Marriage Records|Texas]]&nbsp;  
*[[Utah Vital Records|Utah]]&nbsp;  
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*[[How to Find Utah Marriage Records|Utah]]&nbsp;  
*[[Vermont Vital Records|Vermont]]&nbsp;  
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*[[How to Find Vermont Marriage Records|Vermont]]&nbsp;  
*[[Virginia Vital Records|Virginia]]&nbsp;  
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*[[How to Find Virginia Marriage Records|Virginia]]&nbsp;  
*[[Washington Vital Records|Washington]]&nbsp;  
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*[[How to Find Washington Marriage Records|Washington]]&nbsp;  
*[[West Virginia Vital Records|West Virginia]]&nbsp;  
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*[[How to Find West Virginia Marriage Records|West Virginia]]&nbsp;  
*[[Wisconsin Vital Records|Wisconsin]]&nbsp;  
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*[[How to Find Wisconsin Marriage Records|Wisconsin]]&nbsp;  
*[[Wyoming Vital Records|Wyoming]]<br>
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*[[How to Find Wyoming Marriage Records|Wyoming]]<br>
  
 
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*[[How to Find United States Birth Records|How to find US birth records]] <br>  
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*[[How to Find United States Death Records|How to find US death records]]
  
 
=== '''Tips about Searching United States Marriage Records'''  ===
 
=== '''Tips about Searching United States Marriage Records'''  ===
  
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:*Some couples were married in locations away from their home county where marriage laws were less restrictive. See the wiki page [[Gretna Greens in the United States|Gretna Greens]].
 
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:*Most marriages are recorded on the county level.
:*Most marriages are recorded on the county level  
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:*Most counties began recording marriages when the county was formed.
:*Most counties began recording marriages when the county was formed  
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:*Many counties forward marriage records to state agencies.
:*Many states forward marriage records to state agencies  
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:*Marriages recorded by state-level agencies vary widely by date and availability.
:*Marriages recorded by state-level agencies vary widely by date and availability  
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:*Some marriages may only be found in [[United States Church Records|church records]].
:*Some marriages may only be found in [[United States Church Records|church records]]
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=== Frequently Asked Questions about United States Marriage Records  ===
 
=== Frequently Asked Questions about United States Marriage Records  ===
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'''What information does a birth record include?'''<br> State and county officials followed different laws when gathering marriage information. Usually the following was included:  
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'''What information does a marriage record include?'''<br> State and county officials followed different laws when gathering marriage information. Usually the following was included:  
  
 
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[[United States Vital Records|Learn more about U.S. Marriage Records]]  
 
[[United States Vital Records|Learn more about U.S. Marriage Records]]  
  
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Revision as of 22:40, 26 July 2013

Start Here: Where Did the Marriage Occur?

To find a marriage record, choose the state where the marriage occurred:

What if you don't know the state? — Go to How to Estimate Marriage Information
     

Tips about Searching United States Marriage Records

  • Some couples were married in locations away from their home county where marriage laws were less restrictive. See the wiki page Gretna Greens.
  • Most marriages are recorded on the county level.
  • Most counties began recording marriages when the county was formed.
  • Many counties forward marriage records to state agencies.
  • Marriages recorded by state-level agencies vary widely by date and availability.
  • Some marriages may only be found in church records.

Frequently Asked Questions about United States Marriage Records

How do I find my ancestor’s marriage record?

  1. Use the Finding US Marriage Records wiki page
  2. Check online indexes and digital images
  3. Check repositories, such as archives and libraries (FHL)
  4. Obtain certificate from the government agency ($$)


Why would I want to search for a marriage record?

  • May give the exact date and place where the couple was married
  • May indicate date and/or place of birth for bride and groom
  • May list names and birthplaces of the bride’s and groom’s parents


What information does a marriage record include?
State and county officials followed different laws when gathering marriage information. Usually the following was included:

  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Where the bride and groom were married.

Some records also contain:

  • Bride and groom's age at the time of marriage
  • Residence of the bride and groom
  • Birth date and/or place of the bride and groom
  • Names of parents
  • Birthplaces of parents
  • Occupation
  • Marital status of bride and groom--single, widowed, divorced

More information about US Marriage Records can be found on United States Vital Records wiki page.

Questions to Ask About Marriage Records

  • Are records available for the dates when I would expect my ancestor to be getting married?
  • Is the marriage database complete? Does it include all counties in the state?
  • Does the marriage database contain images to the records which I can see online?
  • Is the marriage database an index only? Will I need to order a film to see the original marriage record?
  • Have I looked beyond the marriage date and names of the bride and groom for more family information that the record may contain?
  • Is there more than one type of marriage record in the county? Does an additional county marriage record contain more information about my family?

Learn more about U.S. Marriage Records