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[[How to Find United States Marriage Records|How To Find U.S. Marriage Records]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|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.
 
 
{{Tip|More marriage information is usually found on the '''marriage license application''' or the '''marriage register'''. Less information is found on the '''marriage certificate'''. }}
 
 
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Delaware Marriage Records#Marriages_Before_1847|Before 1847]]'''</span>
 
:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Delaware Marriage Records#Marriages_1881-Present|1847-Present]]'''</span>
 
:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Estimate United States Marriage Information|Marriage year unknown]]'''
 
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== '''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.
 
 
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| '''Delaware Public Archives'''
 
| If you do not find your ancestor in the marriage index you may order a marriage record from the [[How to Find Delaware Marriage Records#Ordering_Delaware_marriage_Records|Delaware Public Archives.]]
 
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[[Gretna Greens in the United States|Search for Gretna Greens]]-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive. [[Marriage Information Substitute Records|Other records with marriage information]]
 
 
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'''Marriage Records on Microfilm'''<br>Some county marriage records may be available on microfilm at your local [http://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?c= Family Search Center]. If you know the approximate date and county where the marriage took place, use the&nbsp;[http://familysearch.org/catalog-search Family History Library Catalog (FHLC)] to see what is available.
 
 
::*Search the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search FHLC] by county.
 
::*Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.
 
::*For a small fee, [https://familysearch.org/films/ order the microfilm] to view at a local Family Search Center.
 
<center>[[How to Find Pennsylvania Marriage Records#Finding_Pennsylvania_Marriage_Records|Go Back to the Top: Choose another marriage year]]</center> <center><br></center>
 
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== '''Marriages 1847 to Present'''  ==
 
 
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'''Free''': name index only. There are no images currently online for this database.
 
 
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| width="10%" |'''1913-1954''' {{RecordSearch|1609795| Delaware, County Marriages}}
 
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'''Free;''' name index with images online at FamilySearch.
 
 
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| width="25%" | '''1744-1912'''[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1508 <br>Delaware Marriages Records at Ancestry.com]
 
| width="65%" | '''$,''' [http://www.ancestry.com/cs/offers/freetrial?o_iid=48816&o_lid=48816&o_sch=Web+Property To obtain a subscription to Ancestry]; Ancestry is often available through your local public library for free
 
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| '''Archives or Vital Statistics'''
 
| If you do not find your ancestor in the marriage index you may order a marriage record from the [[How to Find Delaware Marriage Records#Ordering_Delaware_Marriage_Records|Delaware Public Archives]] or the [[How to Find Delaware Marriage Records#Ordering_Delaware_Marriage_Records|Office of Vital Statistics.]]
 
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| [[Tips for Searching an Online Index|Tips for searching online indexes]]
 
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| align="left" colspan="2" | '''No marriage record for your ancestor?'''
 
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[[Gretna Greens in the United States|Search for Gretna Greens]]-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.
 
 
[[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|Other records with marriage information]]
 
 
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'''Marriage Records on Microfilm''' <br> Some county marriage records may be available on microfilm at your local [http://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?c= Family Search Center]. If you know the approximate date and county where the marriage took place, use the&nbsp;[http://familysearch.org/catalog-search Family History Library Catalog (FHLC)] to see what is available.
 
 
::*Search the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search FHLC] by county.
 
::*Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.
 
::*For a small fee, [https://familysearch.org/films/ order the microfilm] to view at a local Family Search Center.
 
<center>[[How to Find Delaware Marriage Records#Finding_Delaware_Marriage_Records|Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year]]</center> <center><br></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.<br>
 
 
For records '''recent to 40 years old''' there are three officies which can be contacted:<br>
 
 
:*[http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/ss/files/marriage.pdf Jesse S. Cooper Bldg.]<br>417 Federal Street<br>Dover, DE 19901<br>Phone: (302) 744-4549<br><br>
 
:*[http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/ss/files/marriage.pdf Chopin Building]<br>258 Chapman Rd.<br>Newark, DE 19702<br>Phone: (302) 283-7130<br><br>
 
:*[http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/ss/files/marriage.pdf Thurman Adams State Serv CTR.]<br>546 S. Bedford St.<br>Georgetown, DE 19947<br>Phone: (302) 856-5495
 
 
For records '''40 years and older''':<br>
 
 
:*[http://smu.archives.delaware.gov/cgi-bin/mail.php?contact_form Delaware Public Archives]<br>121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. North<br>Dover, DE 19901
 
 
<center>[[How to Find Delaware Marriage Records#Finding_Delaware_Marriage_Records|Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year]]</center> <center><br></center>
 
 
== Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
:*[[How to Find United States Marriage Records#Tips_about_Searching_United_States_Marriage_Records|Learn more about U.S. marriage records]]
 
:*[[How to Find United States Birth Records|How to find U.S. birth records]]
 
:*[[How to Find United States Marriage Records|How to find U.S. marriage records]]
 
:*[[How to Find United States Death Records|How to find U.S. death records]]
 
:*[[United States Record Selection Table|United States Record Selection Table ]]
 
:*[[United States, How to Use Marriage Records|United States, How to Use Marriage Records]]
 
:*[[United States Marriage Records|United States Marriage Records]]
 
:*[[United States Vital Records|United States Vital Records]]
 
:*[[U.S. Vital Records Overview|U.S. Vital Records Overview]]
 
:*[[Locating United States Vital Records|Locating United States Vital Records]]
 
:*[[Delaware Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Delaware Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues]]
 
 
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