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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
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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.  
 
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 [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1468642/waypoints Browse].
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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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==Coverage Map==
 
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To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Virginia marriages click [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/VA_FRM.html here].
{{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.]]
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*Surry County, Virginia. Certificates to obtain a Marriage License, 1735-1787, 1844-1917. Surry County Courthouse, Surry, Virginia.
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*Surry County, Virginia. Marriage Bonds, 1768, 1771-1820. Surry County Courthouse, Surry, Virginia.
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*Surry County, Virginia. Marriage Bonds and Consents, 1821-1850. Surry County Courthouse, Surry, Virginia.
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*Surry County, Virginia. Marriage Returns, 1785-1854. Surry County Courthouse, Surry, Virginia.
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*Surry County, Virginia. Marriage Licenses, 1900-1950. Surry County Courthouse, Surry, Virginia.
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== Record Content  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
  
<gallery caption="Virginia County Marriages" widths="160px" heights="120px" perrow="3">
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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) 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|Marriage Bond
 
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|Marriage License
 
Image:Virginia Surry County Marriage Records (10-0193)(10-0183) License DGS 4129189 60.jpg|Marriage License
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</gallery> Information usually found in marriage records includes:  
 
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Key genealogical facts usually found in marriage records are:  
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*Date and place (county)of marriage  
 
*Date and place (county)of marriage  
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== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== 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:  
 
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:  
  
 
*Names of the bride and groom  
 
*Names of the bride and groom  
*The approximate marriage date and&nbsp;place
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*The approximate marriage date and place
  
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=== Search the Collection  ===
  
==== Search the Collection  ====
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'''To search by index:'''<br>Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than on e person to find your ancestor. <br>
  
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.  
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'''To browse by image:'''<br>To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links: <br> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type and Years" which takes you to the images.  
  
==== Using the Information  ====
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Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.
  
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.
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With either search keep in mind:
  
For example:  
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
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=== Using the Information  ===
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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 marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.  
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*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  ===
 
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==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
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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.
  
<br>If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
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=== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ===
  
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.  
*Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.  
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*Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.  
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.  
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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*Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
  
<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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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|Virginia, Surry|keywords|disp}} items in the FamilySearch Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article [[Virginia Archives and Libraries]]. For additional information about this county see the wiki article [[Surry County, Virginia Genealogy]].}}
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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)]]  
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
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*[[Surry County, Virginia|Surry County, Virginia]]  
 
*[[Surry County, Virginia|Surry County, Virginia]]  
 
*[[Surry County, Virginia Genealogy|Surry County, Virginia Genealogy]]  
 
*[[Surry County, Virginia Genealogy|Surry County, Virginia Genealogy]]  
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*[[Virginia Genealogy|Virginia]]  
 
*[[Virginia Vital Records]]  
 
*[[Virginia Vital Records]]  
 
*[[Virginia Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[Virginia Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
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==Citations for This Collection==
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Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image. <br>
  
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Virginia, Orange County Marriage Records, 1735-1950" Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing County Clerk. County Courthouse, Orange.}} <br><br>  
  
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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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<br> Original sources:
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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*Surry County, Virginia. Certificates to obtain a Marriage License, 1735-1787, 1844-1917. Surry County Courthouse, Surry, Virginia.  
 
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*Surry County, Virginia. Marriage Bonds, 1768, 1771-1820. Surry County Courthouse, Surry, Virginia.  
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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*Surry County, Virginia. Marriage Bonds and Consents, 1821-1850. Surry County Courthouse, Surry, Virginia.  
 
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*Surry County, Virginia. Marriage Returns, 1785-1854. Surry County Courthouse, 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.  
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*Surry County, Virginia. Marriage Licenses, 1900-1950. Surry County Courthouse, Surry, Virginia.
 
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Latest revision as of 18:54, 2 February 2016

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

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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.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Virginia, Surry County Marriage Records, 1735-1950.

Coverage Map

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Virginia marriages click here.

Record Content

Information usually found in marriage records includes:
  • 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 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

To search by index:
Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than on e person to find your ancestor.

To browse by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type and Years" which takes you to the images.

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

With either search keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

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.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.


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

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Citations for This Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"Virginia, Orange County Marriage Records, 1735-1950" Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing County Clerk. County Courthouse, Orange.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Virginia, Surry County Marriage Records, 1735-1950.

Image citation:

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Virginia, Surry County Marriage Records, 1735-1950.


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.

 

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