Alabama, Randolph County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Alabama, Randolph County Marriage Records, 1898-1930 .
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|Randolph, Alabama, United States|
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|Location of Randolph County, Alabama|
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What is in the Collection?
This collection contains unbound marriage records from the office of the Randolph County Probate Judge.
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The records usually include the following:
- Names of the groom, bride, and officiator.
- Names of parents or guardians, especially in later records
- Names of witnesses
- Date of the marriage or license
- Birth dates and places of the bride and groom (in later records)
- Residences of the bride and groom
- Occupation of the groom (frequently)
- Name of the officiator, usually either a Minister (MG) or a Justice of the Peace (JP)
How Do I Search the Collection?
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
- The names of the bride and groom
- The approximate marriage date and place
Search the Collection
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⇒Select the "_____________" category
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⇒Select the "_____________" category 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.
What Do I Do Next?
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 of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
- Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
- Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
- Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- 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.
- 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. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
- 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.
What If I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?
- Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.
- Check 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 counties.
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Citing this Collection
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- “Alabama, Randolph County Marriage Records, 1898-1930.” Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Randolph County Probate Judge. Randolph County Probate Office, Wedowee
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