Delaware Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Delaware, United States
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Location of Delaware
Record Description
Record Type Marriage
Collection years 1913-1954
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of an index and images of Delaware statewide marriage records. The certificates are arranged by year then by certificate number.

Collection Content

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

Digital Folder Number List

DGS Film Number Year Contents
4253129 2025062 1913 Delayed marriages pre-1913no. 1a - 101a (missing doc. 14a)
4253130 2025063 1913 no. 1 - 1043
4253131 2025064 1914 no. 1 - 910
4253132 2025065 1914 no. 911 - 1817
4253133 2025066 1915 no. 1 - 935
4253072 2025067 1915 no. 936 - 1865
4253073 2025068 1916 no. 1 - 700
4253074 2025069 1916 no. 701 - 1400
4253075 2025070 1916 no. 1401 - 2071
4253076 2025071 1917 no. 1 - 750
4253077 2025072 1917 no. 751 - 1500
4253078 2025073 1917 no. 1501 - 2254
4253079 2025074 1918 no. 1 - 950
4253080 2025075 1918 no. 951 - 1888
4253081 2025076 1919 no. 1 - 1000
4253082 2025077 1919 no. 1001 - 2014
4253083 2025078 1920 no. 1 - 675
4253134 2025079 1920 no. 676 - 1350
4253135 2025080 1920 no. 1351 - 2037
4253136 2025081 1921 no. 1 - 750
4253137 2025082 1921 no. 751 - 1493
4253138 2025083 1922 no. 1 - 760
4253139 2025084 1922 no. 761 - 1530
4253140 2025085 1923 no. 1 - 700
4253425 2025086 1923 no. 701 - 1370
4253426 2025087 1924 no. 1 - 650
4253427 2025088 1924 no. 651 - 1331
4253428 2025089 1925 no. 1 - 625
4253429 2025090 1925 no. 626 - 1236
4253430 2025091 1926 no. 1 - 580
4253431 2025092 1926 no. 581 - 1156
4253432 2025093 1927 no. 1 - 625
4253433 2025094 1927 no. 626 - 1246
4253434 2025095 1928 no. 1 - 610
4253435 2025096 1928 no. 611 - 1216
4253436 2025097 1929 no. 1 - 650
4253437 2025098 1929 no. 651 - 1302
4253438 2025099 1930 no. 1 - 585
4253439 2025100 1930 no. 586 - 1167
4253440 2025101 1931 no. 1 - 1035
4253441 2025102 1932 no. 1 - 931
4253468 2025103 1933 no. 1 - 1028
4253469 2025104 1934 no. 1 - 600
4253470 2025105 1934 no. 661 - 1212
4253471 2025106 1935 no. 1 - 650
4253472 2025107 1935 no. 651 - 1304
4253473 2025108 1936 no. 1 - 710
4253474 2025109 1936 no. 711 - 1417
4253475 2025110 1937 no. 1 - 835
4253476 2025111 1937 no. 836 - 1668
4253477 2025112 1938 no. 1 - 810
4253444 2025113 1938 no. 811 - 1623
4253445 2025114 1939 no. 1 - 790
4253446 2025115 1939 no. 791 - 1580
4253447 2025116 1939 no. 1581 - 2375
4253448 2025117 1940 no. 1 - 990
4253449 2025118 1940 no. 991 - 1980
4253450 2025119 1940 no. 1981 - 2970
4253451 2025120 1940 no. 2971 - 3960
4253452 2025121 1940 no. 3961 - 4935
4253453 2025122 1941 no. 1 - 1000
4253454 2025123 1941 no. 1001 - 2000
4253456 2025124 1941 no. 2001 - 3000
4253457 2025125 1941 no. 3001 - 4000
4253458 2025126 1941 no. 4001 - 5000
4253459 2025127 1941 no. 5001 - 6000
4253460 2025128 1941 no. 6001 - 7003
4253461 2025129 1942 no. 1 - 985
4253462 2025130 1942 no. 986 - 1970
4253463 2025131 1942 no. 1971 - 2955
4253464 2025132 1942 no. 2956 - 3940
4253488 2025133 1942 no. 3941 - 4925
4253489 2025134 1942 no. 4926 - 5910
4253490 2025135 1942 no. 5911 - 6895
4253491 2025136 1942 no. 6896 - 7876
4253492 2025137 1943 no. 1 - 890
4253493 2025138 1943 no. 891 - 1780
4253494 2025139 1943 no. 1781 - 2670
4253495 2025140 1943 no. 2671 - 3560
4253496 2025141 1943 no. 3561 - 4450
4253497 2025142 1943 no. 4451 - 5430
4253478 2025143 1943 no. 5431 - 6410
4253479 2025144 1943 no. 6411 - 7119
4253480 2025145 1944 no. 1 - 900
4253481 2025146 1944 no. 901 - 1800
4253482 2025147 1944 no. 1801 - 2700
4253483 2025148 1944 no. 2701 - 3600
4253484 2025149 1944 no. 3601 - 4500
4253485 2025150 1944 no. 4501 - 5400
4253486 2025151 1944 no. 5401 - 6307
4253487 2025152 1945 no. 1 - 885
4253510 2025153 1945 no. 886 - 1770
4253509 2025154 1945 no. 1771 - 2655
4253508 2025155 1945 no. 2656 - 3540
4253507 2025156 1945 no. 3541 - 4425
4253506 2025157 1945 no. 4426 - 5310
4253505 2025158 1945 no. 5311 - 6185
4253504 2025159 1946 no. 1 - 925
4253503 2025160 1946 no. 926 - 1850
4253502 2025161 1946 no. 1851 - 2775
4253501 2025162 1946 no. 2776 - 3700
4253500 2025163 1946 no. 3701 - 4625
4253499 2025164 1946 no. 4626 - 5550
4253518 2025165 1946 no. 5551 - 6475
4253517 2025166 1946 no. 6476 - 7400
4253516 2025167 1946 no. 7401 - 8314
4253515 2025168 1947 no. 1 - 875
4253514 2025169 1947 no. 876 - 1750
4253513 2025170 1947 no. 1751 - 2625
4253512 2025171 1947 no. 2626 - 3500
4253511 2025172 1947 no. 3501 - 4375
4253519 2025173 1947 no. 4376 - 5269
4253520 2025174 1948 no. 1 - 905
4253521 2025175 1948 no. 906 - 1810
4253522 2025176 1948 no. 1811 - 2723
4253523 2025177 1949 no. 1 - 885
4253524 2025178 1949 no. 886 - 1770
4253525 2025179 1949 no. 1771 - 2653
4253526 2025180 1950 no. 1 - 1790
4253527 2025181 1950 no. 896 - 1790
4253528 2025182 1950 no. 1791 - 2685
4253530 2025183 1951 no. 1 - 910
4253531 2025184 1951 no. 911 - 1820
4253532 2025185 1951 no. 1821 - 2727
4253533 2025186 1952 no. 1 - 850
4253534 2025187 1952 no. 851 - 1700
4253535 2025188 1952 no. 1701 - 2545
4253536 2025189 1953 no. 1 - 840
4253537 2025190 1953 no. 841 - 1680
4253538 2025191 1953 no. 1681 - 2520
4253539 2025192 1954 no. 1 - 885
4253540 2025193 1954 no. 886 - 1570
4253541 2025194 1954 no. 1571 - 2357

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Delaware marriage records may include the following:

  • Groom's name and residence
  • Groom's age, race, nativity and occupation
  • Name of groom's father and place of nativity
  • Name of groom's mother and place of nativity
  • Marital status of the bride and groom
  • Bride's name and residence
  • Bride's age, race, and nativity
  • Name of bride's father and place of nativity
  • Name of bride's mother and place of nativity
  • Name of the officiator
  • Witnesses' names and their place of residence

How Do I Search the Collection?

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

  • The name of the person at the time of marriage
  • Identifying information such as the approximate marriage date and place


Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors 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 one person to find your ancestor.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search this collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "Film Number" 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.

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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.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • 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 parent’s birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
  • 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 1900.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military 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.
  • 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.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

General Information About These Records

State registration of marriages began in 1847 as the recorder of deeds for each county began to send copies of marriages to the secretary of the State Board of Health. Vital registration was generally complied with after 1913 when the central Bureau of Vital Statistics was established according to state law, which required registration of vital records. Copies of marriage records for the most recent 40 years can be obtained by writing to the Bureau of Vital Statistics, or for earlier records, from the Delaware Public Archives in Dover, Delaware.

Population coverage is nearly 100% after statewide registration began in 1847. Coverage is not as complete for some earlier years.

Counties in Delaware recorded marriages to safeguard the interests of the wife and other legal heirs by documenting marriages and property ownership. Marriage records are considered to be primary source records. Information in these records is usually reliable, including the marriage date and place and residences of the bride and groom.

Originally, marriage records were handwritten. Later they were typed on pre-printed forms with multiple entries on each page. Marriage records were generally well preserved, though fires, floods, or other disasters may have destroyed some records.

Citing 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 Citations:

"Delaware Marriage Records, 1913-1954" Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Bureau of Vital Statistics. Hall of Records, Dover.

Record Citations (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 Delaware Marriage Records, 1913-1954.


Image Citation

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Delaware Marriage Records, 1913-1954.


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