Virginia, Surry County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
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This Collection will include records from 1735 to 1950.
  
 
Most of this collection consists of Certificates to Obtain a Marriage License, Marriage Bonds and Consents, Marriage Licenses, and Marriage Returns. The records are arranged by volume and year range. The type of record and time period varies between counties. Marriage records were generally well preserved, although fires, floods, or other disasters may have destroyed some records.  
 
Most of this collection consists of Certificates to Obtain a Marriage License, Marriage Bonds and Consents, Marriage Licenses, and Marriage Returns. The records are arranged by volume and year range. The type of record and time period varies between counties. Marriage records were generally well preserved, although fires, floods, or other disasters may have destroyed some records.  
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.  
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.  
  
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{{Collection citation | text= "Virginia, Surry County Marriage Records, 1735-1950" Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Register of Deeds.}}
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[[Virginia, Surry County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]  
 
[[Virginia, Surry County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]  
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*Surry County, Virginia. Marriage Licenses, 1900-1950. Surry County Courthouse, Surry, Virginia.
 
*Surry County, Virginia. Marriage Licenses, 1900-1950. Surry County Courthouse, Surry, Virginia.
  
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Image:Virginia Surry County Marriage Records (10-0193)(10-0183) Certificate DGS 4121699 126.jpg
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Image:Virginia Surry County Marriage Records (10-0193)(10-0183) Certificate DGS 4121699 126.jpg|Request to Obtain a Marriage License
Image:Virginia Surry County Marriage Records (10-0193)(10-0183) Bond DGS 4129066 40.jpg
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Image:Virginia Surry County Marriage Records (10-0193)(10-0183) Bond DGS 4129066 40.jpg|Marriage Bond
Image:Virginia Surry County Marriage Records (10-0193)(10-0183) License DGS 4129189 60.jpg
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Image:Virginia Surry County Marriage Records (10-0193)(10-0183) License DGS 4129189 60.jpg|Marriage License
 
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Key genealogical facts usually found in marriage records are:  
 
Key genealogical facts usually found in marriage records are:  
  
*Name of bride and groom
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*Date and place (county)of marriage  
*Date of marriage license
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*Name and age in (years, months, days) of husband
*Age of bride and groom
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*Name and age in (years, months, days) of wife
*Residence of bride and groom
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*Previous marital status
*Marriage date
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*Residence of husband
*Marriage place
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*Residence of wife
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*Occupation(s) of the bride and groom
 
*Name of person performing the marriage
 
*Name of person performing the marriage
  
 
Later records may also include the following:  
 
Later records may also include the following:  
  
*Birthplace of bride and groom  
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*Birthplace of groom  
*Name of bride and groom’s parents  
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*Birthplace of bride  
*Occupation of bride and groom
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*Names of groom's parents  
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*Names of bride's parents
 
*Number of times previously married  
 
*Number of times previously married  
*Witnesses to the marriage  
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*Witnesses to the marriage and their residence
*Residence of witnesses
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== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
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*Names of the bride and groom  
 
*Names of the bride and groom  
 
*The approximate marriage date and&nbsp;place
 
*The approximate marriage date and&nbsp;place
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==== Search the Collection  ====
 
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*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.  
 
*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.  
 
*Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
 
*Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
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==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
 
==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
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*The marriage date, place, and residence of the bride and groom are relatively reliable. Other information, such as age or birthplace, is dependent on the knowledge, memory, and accuracy of the informants, usually the bride and groom.
 
*The marriage date, place, and residence of the bride and groom are relatively reliable. Other information, such as age or birthplace, is dependent on the knowledge, memory, and accuracy of the informants, usually the bride and groom.
  
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:  
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<br>If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:  
  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  
For a summary of this information see the wiki article [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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<br>For a summary of this information see the wiki article [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
  
 
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*[[Virginia Vital Records]]  
 
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*[[Virginia Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
  
 
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
 
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
  
 
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
 
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
 
"Virginia, Surry County Marriage Records, 1735-1950," images and images, ''FamilySearch''(https://ds.familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KSPW-4FJ&nbsp;: accessed 12 July 2012), John L Davis and Sally E. Savedge, married 5 January 1834; citing Courts in Virginia. Virginia, Surry County, marriage records. Register of Deeds, Surry, Virginia.  
 
"Virginia, Surry County Marriage Records, 1735-1950," images and images, ''FamilySearch''(https://ds.familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KSPW-4FJ&nbsp;: accessed 12 July 2012), John L Davis and Sally E. Savedge, married 5 January 1834; citing Courts in Virginia. Virginia, Surry County, marriage records. Register of Deeds, Surry, Virginia.  
 
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].&nbsp;
 
  
 
[[Category:Virginia|Vital]]
 
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Revision as of 19:22, 1 March 2013

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Record Description

This Collection will include records from 1735 to 1950.

Most of this collection consists of Certificates to Obtain a Marriage License, Marriage Bonds and Consents, Marriage Licenses, and Marriage Returns. The records are arranged by volume and year range. The type of record and time period varies between counties. Marriage records were generally well preserved, although fires, floods, or other disasters may have destroyed some records.

The earliest marriage bonds and licenses were usually handwritten on loose papers that were later bound into lettered volumes. Some marriage records had multiple entries on each page, while others had single records per page.

For a list of records by dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"Virginia, Surry County Marriage Records, 1735-1950" Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Register of Deeds.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Original sources:

  • Surry County, Virginia. Certificates to obtain a Marriage License, 1735-1787, 1844-1917. Surry County Courthouse, Surry, Virginia.
  • Surry County, Virginia. Marriage Bonds, 1768, 1771-1820. Surry County Courthouse, Surry, Virginia.
  • Surry County, Virginia. Marriage Bonds and Consents, 1821-1850. Surry County Courthouse, Surry, Virginia.
  • Surry County, Virginia. Marriage Returns, 1785-1854. Surry County Courthouse, Surry, Virginia.
  • Surry County, Virginia. Marriage Licenses, 1900-1950. Surry County Courthouse, Surry, Virginia.


Record Content

Key genealogical facts usually found in marriage records are:

  • Date and place (county)of marriage
  • Name and age in (years, months, days) of husband
  • Name and age in (years, months, days) of wife
  • Previous marital status
  • Residence of husband
  • Residence of wife
  • Occupation(s) of the bride and groom
  • Name of person performing the marriage

Later records may also include the following:

  • Birthplace of groom
  • Birthplace of bride
  • Names of groom's parents
  • Names of bride's parents
  • Number of times previously married
  • Witnesses to the marriage and their residence

How to Use the Record

To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒ Select the "Record Type and Years" which takes you to the images.

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • Names of the bride and groom
  • The approximate marriage date and place


Search the Collection

From the browse page listing record types and years, select the appropriate records. Browse through the records until you find someone that may be your ancestor. Compare the information in the marriage record to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one marriage to make this determination.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s marriage record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

For example:

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence to locate church and land records.
  • The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
  • Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.


Tips to Keep in Mind

  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby.
  • The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
  • The marriage date, place, and residence of the bride and groom are relatively reliable. Other information, such as age or birthplace, is dependent on the knowledge, memory, and accuracy of the informants, usually the bride and groom.


If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.


For a summary of this information see the wiki article United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Related Websites

Free Virginia Marriage Records Online

Related Wiki Articles


Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. Guidelines are available to help you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide. If you would like to get more involved join the WikiProject FamilySearch Records.


Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Virginia, Surry County Marriage Records, 1735-1950," images and images, FamilySearch(https://ds.familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KSPW-4FJ&nbsp;: accessed 12 July 2012), John L Davis and Sally E. Savedge, married 5 January 1834; citing Courts in Virginia. Virginia, Surry County, marriage records. Register of Deeds, Surry, Virginia.