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Revision as of 17:17, 18 June 2013


How To Find U.S. Marriage Records go to How To Find Delaware Marriage Records

Finding Delaware Marriage Records

State registration of marriages began in 1847 and was generally complied with by 1913. The Family History Library has microfilm copies of the marriage bonds for 1744-1836 and 1855-1861, and licenses for 1889-1894.

Delaware counties began keeping marriage records as early as 1832. These records have been transferred from the counties to the Delaware Public Archives. These early county marriage records are not available at the Family History Library; however, the library has records of some pre-1847 marriage bonds.

Marriages of Delaware residents may also be recorded in adjoining states, such as Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Next Step: When did the marriage occur?

Next Step:
When did the marriage occur?

Marriage Records
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Learn more about U.S. Marriage Records

Marriages Before 1847

Delaware counties began keeping marriage records as early as 1832. These records have been transferred from the counties to the Delaware Public Archives. These early county marriage records are not available at the Family History Library; however, the library has records of some pre-1847 marriage bonds.

Delaware Marriage Database - Includes INDEX WITH DIGITAL IMAGES
Try:
1713-1953 Delaware Marriages Records

Free: name index only. There are no images currently online for this database.

Try 2nd:
1744-1912
Delaware Marriages Records at Ancestry.com
$, To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available through your local public library for free
Try 3rd:
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.
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

If you cannot locate your ancestor in the above databases, 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 1847 to Present

Delaware Marriage Database - Includes Index and Digital Images
Try:
1913-1954 Delaware, County Marriages

Free; name index with images online at FamilySearch.

Try 2nd:
1744-1912
Delaware Marriages Records at Ancestry.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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Ordering Delaware Marriage Records

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

You can obtain marriage records for the most recent 40 years old by writing to the Bureau of Vital Statistics. For marriages recorded more than 40 years ago, contact the Delaware Public Archives.

For records recent to 40 years old there are three officies which can be contacted:

For records 40 years and older:

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information

To Order Marriage Certificates
From County where Marriage occurred From MI 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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